Australia’s Penny Smith has won gold in the Women’s Trap competition at the 2017 ISSF World Cup New Delhi, India.
Media Releases | Friday, Feb 24, 2017
21-year-old Smith, currently ranked 51 in the world, never looked fazed in the finals match at the first ISSF event of 2017. Smith defeated Jessica Rossi of Italy, currently ranked 9th in the world, to win the first World Cup medal of her career.
When questioned after her win an excited Smith said ”It felt amazing when I shot the last target and all I could I think about was I did it for Gran. Its the happiest moment of my sporting career and my greatest achievement to date. Thanks to my personal coach Greg Chan and new Australian team coach Adam Vella"
“This is a brilliant performance from Penny.” said Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon this evening. “To make her first World Cup final was great, but to go on and win it is fantastic.”
“Penny has just demonstrated her talent and skill and highlights the wonderful depth we have in this event.”
It is also a fabulous start for the new Australian National High Performance Shotgun Coach Adam Vella in his first ISSF World Cup event since being appointed to the position late 2016.
“What a great way for Adam Vella—himself a former World Cup gold medallist—to start his career as Coach of the Australian shotgun team.”
Marangon added “With athletes like Penny and a coach like Adam we are excited about the future.”
It was a great 24 hours for the sport of Shooting. Laetisha Scanlan narrowly missed the Womens Trap final coming in 7th and Dane Sampson came 6th in his first World Cup final in the 10M Air Rifle Men. Yesterday Chris Pitt came 5th in the P1 10m Air Pistol Men SH1 and Anton Zappelli came 6th in the R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed at the Al Ain 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup.
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