Prone to success - McIntosh and Copland take shooting gold

October 12, 2010

Jennifer McIntosh and Kay Copland took gold in the 50m prone pairs event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, adding to the bronze won in the 50m 3P pairs competition. The Scottish pair pipped England into second place with a score of 1169-60x.

Jen and Kay missed out on silver by a single point last week, and once again their medal colour was determined on the last shot. Jen was one of the first shooters to finish on the range, leaving her the agonising task of watching her partner complete.

Going into the final shot, a ten would draw them level on points with England, but would be enough to give them gold due to their higher inner tens score (60 to 52). Kay said: “It came down to the last few shots between us and England, and if I’d dropped any of my shots then we’d have come in second but thankfully I kept them all in the ten ring.”

“It was nail-biting again for me watching Kay”, said Jen. “I was just thinking oh my god! The result is absolutely fantastic. I can’t really find the right words to describe it. I’m just over the moon.”

Jen’s father and coach, Donald McIntosh spoke of his pride at the pairs achievement. “I’m thrilled to bits with the two of them. Jen shot really well. It was a really controlled performance and I’m really happy with that. Kay had a bit of a tough time with the wind, which was a bit of a surprise because she’s a very experienced and very tough wind shooter. One thing about these Commonwealth Games pairs is that you don’t know what anyone else is doing, and every point matters. She dug in and finished with three tens, which was what she needed to take gold. “

Kay and Jen shoot in their final event tomorrow (12 October) in the singles prone competition, where they will both be vying for another gold. Gold tomorrow would be especially sweet for Jen, whose mother Shirley won the first event at the 1994 Victoria Games. “I’m trying not to think about that too much”, said Jen. “I really want to win it, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

Despite collecting two medals so far at the 2010 Games, both girls insist they’ll try to forget about them both during tomorrow’s final match. “For me it’s a totally different match”, said Kay. “I go into every match thinking I can do this and I see every day as a new day.” Jen admitted she could struggle to put the past week behind her but says she needs to if she wants another medal: “I’ll have to try and blank it out of my mind, and try to calm down and focus for tomorrow.”

Donald is hungry for more medals and is busy preparing the pair for tomorrow: “They need to go and get their heads together. Jen is coming off the back of a great score and Kay is coming off the back of what was a relatively poor score for her, so there’s conflicting emotions. Our job is to get them rested, and get their heads in the right place for them to have a crack at it tomorrow.”

Team Scotland’s shooters have now collected medals in five events at the 2010 Games, with two days left of competition.

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