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Two top five finishes for Aussies at World Championships

18 September 2015

SHOOTING: A host of Australia's best shooters are in Lonato, Italy, at the 2015 Shotgun World Championships.

Men's Double Trap:

Australia's James Willett has finished agonisingly close to a World Championships medal in the men's double trap in Lonato, Italy. 

Willett finished fourth in a shoot off for the bronze medal after a strong qualification round saw him progress through to the semi-finals as the third highest ranked shooter with a total of 139 out of 150 targets.

The young gun then held his cool to progress through to the bronze medal match alongside Kuwait's Ahmad Alafasi. Both shooters went on to hit 24 out of 30 targets to send the match into a shoot off.

Unfortunately for Willett, Alafasi hit both his first two targets while the Aussie missed one of his to finish in fourth.

The result was Australia's best to date at the Shotgun World Championships with Laetisha Scanlan also getting close to the podium after finishing fifth in the women's trap earlier in the competition.

Women's Skeet

Australia's only representative in the women's skeet, Laura Coles, finished 53rd.

Coles shot 62 out of 75 in the qualification round which proved to be ten shots short of a palce in the six women final. The USA's Morgan Craft shot 107 of 111 targets to put in a near flawless effort to claim the gold medal. 

Men's Skeet

Paul Adams missed out on the final of the men's skeet after missing three targets in the opening round of qualification.

Adamsmissed three of the opening 25 targets before going on to only miss three more over the next 100.

Adams missed out on a shoot off for a spot in the six-man final by three shots. USA's Vincent Hancock won the event. 

Women's Trap

Laetisha Scanlan has just missed out on a medal in the women’s trap at the 2015 Shotgun World Championships in Lonato, Italy.

Scanlan made it through to the latter stages of the competition after shooting 70 of a possible 75 targets in the qualification rounds.

In the 15 shot semi-final she missed three of her first five targets and eventually scored ten.

With the top two progressing to the gold medal shoot off and third and fourth shooting off for bronze, Scanlan missed out on chance for a medal by one shot. Fatima Galvez of Spain won the gold.

Fellow Australians, Emma Cox and Catherine Skinner finished 32nd and 37th respectively.

Men's Trap

In the men’s trap Athens 2004 bronze medallist Adam Vella finished 38th after shooting 115 out of a possible 125 targets.

Dual Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond finished back in 71st with a score of 113.  

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