Silver and Gold at Commonwealth Games
Field & Game Australia ambassador Emma Cox overcame a difficult lead up to claim a silver medal in the double trap event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games while Laetisha Scanlan defended her title in the women’s trap.
Emma, a teacher at Undera Primary School and Shepparton Field & Game member, overcame a slow start to lead the field at the Belmont Shooting Centre by seven targets heading into the final round.
India’s Shreyasi Singh hit 25 of 30 targets in the fourth round while Emma shot 18 — leaving them tied on 96/120.
The result forced a dramatic shoot-off, and after Singh knocked down her two clays it was left to Emma to settle her nerves and remain in the hunt for gold.
The first of the pair exploded in a puff of purple dust, but her next shot was just wide of the target.
Emma said competitors had bright sunny conditions for the first rounds but heavy cloud rolled in for the final round.
“It was more so the light that was happening in that last round. It went dark, it was getting everyone,” she said.
“It went really, really dull and the wind picked up a little bit, so the targets were going a bit flatter. All the girls I saw were struggling with the light. Plus a little bit of pressure from everybody (in the crowd), maybe.”
It was still an outstanding result for Emma, who represented Australia in the same event at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, finishing sixth.
The 25 year-old had to battle a number of health issues just to qualify for the Gold Coast.
As well as fighting bouts of pneumonia since July, Emma suffered a shattered foot when she was run over by a friend on an all-terrain vehicle.
“I stopped to talk to an old mate. Silly me, I put my foot underneath the buggy while he was stopped and he took off without me realising and he actually stopped on my foot and crushed little bits of my bone,” she told broadcaster Channel 7.
“I thought I’d get nervous shooting in front of all these people, but it was awesome to have all those people supporting me and knowing they were wanting me to win. It was excellent.”
Bairnsdale Field & Game member Aislin Jones was second ranked after qualification in the women’s skeet event 71 (+2) but was first eliminated in the final and finished sixth.
James Willett also finished sixth in the men’s double trap after qualifying fourth (137) to reach the final.
Olympic champion and Benalla Field & Game member Catherine Skinner (64/75) finished eighth in the women’s trap but Laetisha Scanlan scraped into the final before taking control and delivering herself the birthday gift of another Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Laetisha Scanlan Emma Cox