Having just missed out on qualifying for the London 2012 Games, trap shooter Laetisha Scanlan won her first World Cup in 2013 and then secured three top-10 finishes on the 2014 World Cup circuit which included winning World Cup gold in Tucson, USA. Having won 2010 Commonwealth Games trap pairs gold in Delhi she returned to win individual gold at Glasgow 2014.
The Victorian secured the second available women’s trap quota for Australia for Rio 2016 when she won silver at the 2015 Acapulco World Cup in Mexico before she just missed out on a medal at the 2015 World Championships.
At her debut Olympic appearance in Rio, Scanlan lined up with teammate Catherine Skinner in the trap event. Scanlan shot 70/75 targets to move through to the final six as the top qualifier. With the scores re-setting for the semi-finals, Scanlan shot 10/15 targets to finish fifth overall as Skinner went on to win gold for Australia.