Penny Smith took the Gold at the ISSF World Cup in Lahti, Finland overnight in Women’s Trap. Smith looked focused and unstoppable during the final securing a quota for Australia in the event.
“It is such a relief to get the second Women’s Trap quota for Australia. I believed in myself and took a positive attitude into the final, and I am really proud of my performance here in Finland!”
A proud Shotgun National Team Coach Rich Sammon commented: “Penny’s placing today is well-deserved and a testament to the resilience and courage she has demonstrated in recent years.”
Also on the podium was teammate Laetisha Scanlan, who also came away with the bronze medal. Sammon remarked: “Another final and another medal for Laetisha to finish an incredible year. Her record of 7 of a possible 9 finals at this level is phenomenal,” while Scanlan herself commented “To finish off this year’s World Cup season with a Bronze medal is fantastic. I’m so proud to win another medal for Australia!”
Sammon continued, “Australia came very close to having three athletes in the final. Catherine Skinner showed her quality with a ninth-place finish even though it was her first World Cup competition since early last year.”
The Finland World Cup features competition among 473 athletes from 76 nations. Up for grabs are two Quota Places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in each of the four individual events as well as valuable points that may determine qualification for the 2019 World Cup Final.