Scanlan hits fourth, lands Olympic quota

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Top shot: Frankston Australia Clay Target Club shooter, Laetisha Scanlan, finishes fourth in the ISSF World Championships in South Korea. Picture: Supplied

FRANKSTON Australia Clay Target Club shooter, Laetisha Scanlan, has finished in fourth position at the ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South Korea on Thursday 6 September.

The eagle-eyed shooter took part in a strong Ladies Trap competition which shot higher scores than the men’s competition did in the finals. In finishing fourth, Scanlan also secured an Olympic quota for Australia ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Frankston Australia Clay Target Club secretary Jane Vella said the Ladies Trap competition was “absolutely fierce”.

“The ladies’ shot scores greater than the men, and that just goes to show how strong the women’s competition was over there,” Vella said.

“Laetisha said that it was very hot and very humid over there, but she seemed to have enjoyed it quite a lot.”

Scanlan also competed in the Mixed Trap competition alongside fellow Australian, James Willett, and just missed out on making finals after going down in a shoot-off. Willett happened to also finish fourth in the men’s competition, also gaining an Olympic quota for Australia.

While Scanlan has gained an Olympic quota, it doesn’t guarantee her a spot in the Australian Olympic Team. To try and secure her spot, Scanlan will prepare for several selection events which will be held by Shooting Australia next year.

The first selection event for the Tokyo Olympics will be the Australian National Championships which get underway in January.

Scanlan also has the option of competing in several selection events for the 2019 World Cup which will kick off in November.

First published in the Frankston Times – 24 September 2018

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