Skinner shooting's golden girl

Articles | Monday, Aug 8, 2016

SHOOTING: Australia’s Catherine Skinner has won the gold medal in the women’s trap at the Olympic Shooting Centre at Deodora.

In an incredibly tense gold medal match against New Zealand’s Oceania champion Natalie Rooney, the Aussie showed nerves of steel to rally back from missing her first and fourth targets in the 15-target finale to claim her first ever gold medal on the international stage.

Skinner’s gold medal triumph capped a remarkably courageous run for the Australian, who survived a tense shoot-off against Canada’s Cynthia Meyer earlier in the day just to reach the final six-person qualifier for the medal matches.

It is Australia’s second Olympic gold medal in the women’s trap event, following Suzanne Balogh’s gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and the fifth gold medal for the country in trap shooting overall.

In the six-person shoot-off to qualify for the medal matches, Skinner, 26, held her concentration after an early miss to win through to the gold medal match with the top score of  14 out of 15 targets.

But it was heartbreak for Australia’s two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Laetisha Scanlan.

The Aussie entered the finals as the top qualifier today but missed out on a place in the medal matches after missing five of her targets in the six-person shoot-out.

It marked the first time in Olympic history Australia had two competitors qualify for an Olympic shooting final in the same event.

Scanlan quickly put her disappointment behind her to be one of the first to embrace her teammate as the Australian crowd in attendance celebrated their first shooting medal at the Rio Games.

American Corey Codgell won the bronze medal in a shoot-off against Spain’s Fatima Galvez.

David Taylor 

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