Australian Shotgun Team continue international success

Overnight, Rio Olympic Gold Medallist Catherine Skinner and Tokyo Olympians, Laetisha Scanlan and Penny Smith won the gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively for Australia in the Trap Women’s individual event for Shotgun at the ISSF Grand Prix in Granada, Spain. This saw a continuation of the impressive international form from the Australian Trap Women after collectively winning the gold medal from the ISSF World Cup in Lonato, Italy only weeks prior. The Australian Trap Men also proved dominant in Granada with Tokyo Olympian Thomas Grice shooting a personal best in qualification where he lead the field before going on to win the gold medal for Australia.

The Australian women finished qualification as the top three qualifiers landing them all a place in the semi-finals where Laetisha Scanlan shot an impressive score of 25/25. Catherine Skinner scored 22/25, and Penny Smith scored 21/25 with all three women qualifying for the medal match. In the medal match, Catherine Skinner and Laetisha Scanlan both scored 30 hits, entering a shoot off where Skinner hit 1 target to win the gold medal with Scanlan taking the silver medal. Smith scored 21/25 to claim the bronze medal.

Thomas Grice had an incredibly dominant performance in the Trap Men’s qualification shooting a near perfect 124/125, a personal best for Grice. He went on to the semi-final where he scored 24/25 to finish in first place qualifying for the medal match. Also in the same semi-final were Australian’s Mitch Iles and James Willett, finishing the semi-final in 3rd and 4th respectively unfortunately missing out on a place in the medal match. In the medal match Grice scored 31/33 to claim the gold medal for Australia, beating Spain and Sweden for the medal.

The ISSF Grand Prix in Granada, Spain was a dominant display of shooting from the Australian Shotgun Team, and a promising sign as they head to the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan at the end of May.

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