Cogdell takes bronze

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:41
  • Women’s trap shooting gold medal winner, Catherine Skinner of Australia, center, poses for a picture with silver medal winner, Natalie Rooney of New Zeland, left, and bronze medalist Corey Cogdell, who’s from Eagle River, on Aug. 7. Photo by Hassan Ammar of the AP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Australian Catherine Skinner had just enough patience — and a bit of anger — to ride out the difficulties and earn a gold medal in her first Olympics.

The survived a shoot-off in women’s trap to get into the final round and hit 12 of 15 targets in the gold medal match to beat New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney on Sunday.

“It made me a bit more angry instead of being nervous and locking up,” Skinner said of the difficulties. “It made me just want to see and smash.”

Skinner hit 67 of 75 targets in qualifying, tying her with Canada’s Cynthia Meyer. Both women hit their first shots in the shoot-off, but Skinner hit and Meyer missed, sending the Australian into the final six.

Skinner navigated the gusting wind well in the semifinals, hitting 14 of 15 targets to earn a spot in the gold-medal match. Rooney won a shoot-off with American Corey Cogdell-Unrein after tying for second to set up the finals showdown.

Cogdell-Unrein qualified fourth in her third Olympics, but opened the semifinals with a miss. She recovered by hitting her final nine shots, only to miss in the shoot-off with Rooney.

Cogdell-Unrein met Spain’s Fatima Galvez in the bronze medal match and again was faced with a shoot-off after both shooters hit 13 of 15 targets. Cogdell-Unrein hit her shot and Galvez missed, giving Cogdell-Unrein a bronze to match the one she earned at the 2008 Beijing Games.

“Missing my first target out was definitely not a good feeling,” Cogdell-Unrein said.

“But I knew if I smoothed out and do what I normally do, I could still continue to shoot a good final and that’s what I did.”

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