Mansfield Courier

Scanlan secures World Cup Silver and Rio quota place for Australia

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GLASGOW Commonweal­th Games gold medallist Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick) will join Mansfield’s Catherine Skinner at the Rio Olympic Games after storming through three competitio­n stages of Women’s Trap at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, bringing home the silver medal.

The 24-year-old Scanlan shot 73 out of 75 targets across three rounds of qualificat­ion, to spearhead her way into the semi-final stage of the competitio­n.

She maintained her dominance over the playing field, shooting 14 out of 15 targets in the semis, to secure a gold-medal match against USA’s Corey Cogdell.

Scanlan’s silver medal has earned a second quota place for Australia in this event, at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with the first being secured by Mansfield’s Catherine Skinner after winning the bronze medal at the 2014 ISSF World Championsh­ip in Granada.

Scanlan and Skinner rewrote Shooting Australia’s history after winning gold and bronze respective­ly at the first World Cup event of 2014, in Tucson, USA.

Around the same time in 2013, at the opening World Cup in Al Ain, UAE, the duo had created history by becoming the first Australian women to win the gold and silver medals in the same event.

 ?? PHOTO: Peter Hunt ?? FAST AND FURIOUS: Rich Eason shooting the close 10 yard range at the Mansfield Pistol Club’s competitio­n last Saturday.
PHOTO: Peter Hunt FAST AND FURIOUS: Rich Eason shooting the close 10 yard range at the Mansfield Pistol Club’s competitio­n last Saturday.

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