The 26-year-old from Mansfield remained on the shooting line after her winning shot, not letting go of the mental focus that had just made her an Olympic champion. Her reserve was not shared by supporters in the Olympic Shooting Centre stands, including her mother and brother, who all erupted as Catherine reclaimed for Australia the medal last won by Suzanne Balogh in 2004.
Catherine outscored current Oceania champion New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney in the final, with American Corey Codgell taking bronze in a shoot-off with Fatima Galvez of Spain.
As she returned to reality Catherine was embraced by teammate Laetisha Scanlan, who had looked like Australia’s strongest medal prospect as she led the semi-finalists before eventually finishing in fifth place. Never before had an Olympic shooting semifinal featured two Australian athletes, so hopes were high for green and gold to stand on the top level of the dais - and Catherine was the one to step up.
“You just rely so much on your routine,” she said when quizzed about her steely concentration on the line. “It’s been hammered out from experience.” Laughing she continued “I think I’m going to be in hysterics when the cameras are away!"
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