Scanlan wins shooting gold at Glasgow Games

Laetisha Scanlan has won gold at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Herald Sun
Laetisha Scanlan has won gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Monash journalism graduate Laetisha Scanlan has successfully defended her Commonwealth Games trap shooting title, winning gold at Glasgow.

Laetisha, 24, made a spectacular recovery in the Games final to claim gold from Georgia Konstantinidou of Cyprus.

Laetisha, from Berwick, hit 13 out of 15 targets to defeat Konstantinidou by one target.

She thought her chance to win back-to-back title was gone after an ordinary performance in the third round.

“I finished my third round and I came off and my coach said, ‘You didn’t make the final, it’s time to go home’,” Laetisha told Neil Mitchell on 3AW.

“So I packed all my stuff up and you wouldn’t believe it, he (coach) comes in and said, ‘Well, you’ve got a shoot-off to make the final.”

Laetisha, who also won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, said previous disappointments had made her a stronger competitor.

“I was the underdog, I had no pressure and no one expected anything of me going into the final … so it’s a good learning experience.”

Leatisha has been invited by Mr Mitchell to learn more about radio journalism in the 3AW studios in Melbourne.

She told Mr Mitchell she hoped to practise journalism when her international shooting commitments had eased back.

“I’ll always do shooting because I love it as a sport but it’s very hard to make it a career in Australia,” Leatisha said.