Skinner shoots her way to gold at Rio Olympics

SHOOTING: Victorian Catherine Skinner has claimed Australia's third gold at the Olympic Games after taking the women's trap title at the Olympic Shooting Centre at Deodora.

The 26-year-old held her nerve against New Zealand's Oceania champion Natalie Rooney to take her first gold on the international stage.

The Aussie had to fight back from missing first and fourth targets in the 15-target finale after earlier in the day showing nerves of steel to survive a shoot off against Canada's Cynthia Meyer just to reach the last six.

It is Australia's second Olympic gold medal in the women's trap event, following Suzanne Balogh's gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and the fifth gold medal for the country in trap shooting overall.

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Laetisha Scanlen had a disappointing day.

She was the top qualifier for the finals but missed five of her targets in the six-women shoot-off.

Today was the first time Australia had two competitors qualify for an Olympic shooting final in the same event.

American Corey Codgell won the bronze medal in a shoot-off against Spain's Fatima Galvez.


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