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.

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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

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