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Aus shooters make sporting history with World Cup one-two

Laetisha Scanlan of Australia.
Laetisha Scanlan of Australia. Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

VICTORIANS Laetisha Scanlan and Catherine Skinner have created Australian shooting history by winning gold and silver in the women's trap at the World Cup event in Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

The 23-year-olds rewrote the record books in the 40-degree heat, becoming the first Australian women to fnish one-two at a major international shooting event.

The pair were neck and neck throughout qualifying and the semi-finals before Scanlan pulled away to win the final by four shots.

"It really hasn't hit home yet what has happened," she said.

"To make my first World Cup final and then go on and win it is incredible."

With the event serving as the first qualification opportunity for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the results by Scanlan and Skinner certainly put them in the box seat to earn a place on the Australian team for Glasgow.

They are also in the Focus 2016 squad which aims to fast-track young athletes for the Rio Olympic Games.

Dual Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond is competing in the men's trap in Al-Ain with fellow Aussies Michael McNabb, Adam Vella and Josh Collard.
 

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