Team Scotland’s shooters added to their medal haul with a gold and bronze today at the Belmont Shooting Centre near Brisbane.
21-year-old David McMath made a stunning debut in his first Commonwealth Games, winning Scotland’s first-ever individual gold medal in the Men’s Double Trap, setting a new Games Record of 74 in the Final. Earlier he’d qualified in first position with a score of 137+6 following a shoot-off with India’s Ashab Mohd.
On winning gold, McMath said: “I’m absolutely loving it; I couldn’t have asked for more. After the first few pairs, I was a bit on the back foot, but started to pull it back. I took a time off Uni to train, so the last couple of months have been pretty focused. The experience here has been absolutely incredible.
“I’ve never been in a final as big as that before and it’s a totally new experience. I shot very well today and to get here in the end is so fantastic.”
Fellow Scot, Calum Fraser also competed in the Men’s Double Trap but placed outside final qualification in 10th with 129.
Earlier in the day, Linda Pearson won a bronze medal in the Women’s Double Trap with a score of 87.
On winning a Commonwealth medal, Pearson said: “I can’t believe it. It’s a massive achievement at my age, 54, I’m so pleased. It means the world to me. The range is brilliant, it’s been fabulous.”
Meanwhile, Ian Shaw and Sandy Walker were competing in the Queen’s Prize Individual Finals Day 1, finishing 13th (104-11v) and 17th (103-10v) respectively.
Team Scotland’s shooters will be back in action tomorrow with Ian Shaw and Sandy Walker in the Queen’s Prize Individual Finals Day 2 at 10am (01:00hrs GMT) and Jennifer and Seonaid McIntosh in the Women’s 50m Prone Final at 2pm (05:00hrs GMT).