Laetisha Scanlan has won gold in Thailand.

Scanlan on song in Thai triumph


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Australian shooter Laetisha Scanlan has proved a class above the opposition as she won the women’s trap event at the Thailand Open in Bangkok yesterday.

The 22-year-old Victorian led an Australian trifecta onto the podium, with Anna Shedrina and Teegan McCloy finishing second and third respectively.

Scanlan produced a solid qualifying performance to hit 68 targets from 75 and lead by five from Shedrina heading into the 25-shot final.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and current Australian record holder shot another 18 targets in the final to finish on an overall score of 86, seven targets clear of Shedrina, while McCloy won a shoot-off for the bronze medal.

Scanlan, who is currently ranked second in Australia, said she was happy with her overall performance.

“It’s always nice to have a win, no matter what the event is,” Scanlan said. “It was great to see that all the three Aussie girls managed to medal.

“It’s a very tough shooting range and the background is tricky. Combine that with the humidity and it definitely wasn’t an easy day.”

Scanlan, who took a break from competition earlier this year, said she was enjoying competition again.

“My break from competitions was really good and it was nice to relax way from the shooting range,” Scanlan said. “I still kept up my training but it was nice to have a quiet period in the shooting calendar.

“My current aim is just to keep enjoying the sport and I’m looking forward to trying to make some World Cup teams next year.”


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