Catherine Skinnerhas won Australia’s fourth gold medal of the 27th Summer Universiadein Kazan, Russia.
As one ofAustralia’s best women trap shooters, she has deserved to finally finish ontop, going one better than her silver medal in the same event in Shenzhen,China two years ago.
Born and bred inMansfield, Victoria before moving to boarding school in Melbourne, Skinner hadbeen vying to add gold to her growing collection of silver medals.
“It is definitelysome icing on the cake to get that bit of gold into the mix of silver,” shesaid.
Despite making asluggish start in the semi-final and final, Skinner defeated Silvana Stanco 11to 10 hits in the gold medal match, after qualifying with 69 hits and equallyleading the semi-finals with 13 hits.
The RMITengineering student was able to reverse the roles from the recent shootingWorld Cup results in Cyprus last month.
“I was so focusedout there it still hasn’t sunk in. But I have the gold now and I am just sohappy.”
After such a busyshooting schedule in recent months, Skinner was relieved with the win,especially after throwing her support behind other Aussie athletes.
“I had a prettyconsistent shoot this afternoon and I was hoping to shoot a little a bitbetter. But considering I have been going off and watching the other sports, Ihave done fairly well,” the patriotic Australian laughed.
Australian ChefDe Mission Martin Roberts made the journey to the Sviyaga Shooting Range andenjoyed supporting Australia’s latest gold medallist.
“We came out tosupport Catherine this afternoon, and it feels fantastic. Our ninth medal andour fourth gold,” Roberts said.
“It was toughcompetition all round. Stanco did really well early on. But Catherine is aprofessional and she really held on strong.”
“It is greatsport to watch live and it is always a great spectacle. Watching the athletesas they go up for the shoot and then in between it is a wonderful testament toskill and perseverance.”