Shooting: Australia's Skinner wins gold in women's trap

Sun Aug 7, 2016 4:27pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - First-time Olympian Catherine Skinner of Australia battled to the end of a tense all-Oceania final in women's trap shooting to win the gold medal on Sunday, edging out Natalie Rooney of New Zealand by one shot.

The 26-year-old Skinner hit 12 of her 15 orange targets with her shotgun to Rooney's 11, but she got off to a rough start by missing the first target.

"I have had plenty of finals when I missed the first shot and it went downhill from there," said Skinner, who won her first gold medal in a major international competition.

After qualifying at the bottom of the six finalists, Skinner was a steady shot in the semi-finals blasting 14 of the 15 targets and went straight to the final, prevailing over a veteran field including defending Olympic champion Jessica Rossi.

Rooney, also a first-time Olympian, made it to the final in a shoot-off with American Corey Cogdell.

Cogdell, a three-time Olympian, took her second Olympic bronze medal by besting Spain's Fatima Galvez in a shoot-off, after each woman shot 13 of their 15 targets for the medal.

Skinner said having a fellow Oceania competitor next to her in the final was a big advantage.

"It is really relaxing seeing a familiar face there," Skinner said of Rooney. "I am glad she was there. I am so happy she got a result too."   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Shooting - Victory Ceremony - Women's Trap Victory Ceremony - Olympic Shooting Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 07/08/2016. Catherine Skinner (AUS) of Australia poses with her gold medal.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido