Seonaid McIntosh won Scotland’s fifth shooting medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games today, with bronze in the Women’s 50m Rifle Prone at Belmont Shooting Centre. The Edinburgh-based shooter, competing in her second Games finished third with a score of 618.1.
Seonaid, or ‘Mini-Mac’ as she is known on the range, has now followed in the footsteps of her mum Shirley and sister Jen by winning a Commonwealth Games medal in Shooting. Afterwards she admitted it had been something she’d thought about before the Games.
After the medal ceremony Seonaid said: “It’s pretty cool; I’m actually on the table now in terms of family medals. Before I got to Australia I was thinking about it a bit.”
Averaging just over 103 per string, McIntosh shot consistently throughout the six-string competition to finish comfortably in the bronze medal position. She had already featured in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle earlier in the week and she was clear on what was needed to do this time round.
Seonaid added: “I’d thought in my head before I came in here that I needed to average about 103 per string based on what the boys had shot the other day, but the wind was a bit weirder today. It wasn’t as strong as it looked, and I started at around 102 so I didn’t think I’d be anywhere close to the top.
“I started, and in my first three strings I think I was shading too much and some of them went a bit further out; I had a lot of loose shots. And then in my fourth string I just shot straight and it was my best string – I was like OK; the wind isn’t as strong as it looks.
Seonaid will compete again tomorrow in the Women’s 3 Positions event, from 08:30hrs (23:30hrs UK time). Looking ahead to tomorrow she said: “I’m excited for it; it’s my best event so hopefully more good things!”
In day two of the Queen’s Prize Individual, Pairs bronze medallists Ian Shaw and Sandy Walker again shot well, staying well in contention ahead of the third and final day on Saturday. Sandy is sitting in 14th, just three back from the leader, while Ian is one back in 5th place.
Jennifer McIntosh, who finished eighth in the Prone event today will also compete in the 3P tomorrow; while Sharon Niven will line up in the Women’s Trap from 09:00hrs (00:00hrs UK time).