RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Rio Rancho can claim a Olympic bronze-medal winner, a World Series champion, two NCAA softball champions and a Super Bowl champion, and now the City of Vision can claim a Guinness World Record-holder among its residents.
Wheelchair-bound Kipp Watson, 69, set the new mark — 12 consecutive free throws made from a wheelchair — on July 29, 2019, at The MAC on Loma Colorado Blvd., with many of his shots being of the “nothing-but-net” variety, before his 13th attempt ringed around and off the iron. (You can see it on YouTube.)
“I don’t know how many misses or hits I had before the streak (began),” Watson said. “I do know that when it comes to getting a new world record, it is quite important to get the misses over and done with.”
The previous consecutive free-throw record had stood for six years; Watson tied the previous record of 11 in Sept. 2017.