Commonwealth Games shooting: Jen McIntosh qualifies

Scotland’s Jen McIntosh took a giant step forward in defending her 10m air rifle Commonwealth championship when she successfully qualified for the final during a tense morning session at the Barrty Buddon shooting range.

Jen McIntosh . Picture: Neil Hanna

She was joined in the afternoon’s finals by Drew Christie who finished joint third in the men’s skeet qualifying.

McIntosh’s worst set of shots was her first, but she recovered well and always looked likely to finish in the top eight. She will face very tough opposition from Apurvi Chandela of India and the astonishing 14-year-old from Singapore, Martina Veloso, who were the top two qualifiers.

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McIntosh’s sister Seonaid sadly could not put together a consistent string of shots and was eliminated in 19th place.

Over at the skeet range, Christie had been in second place at the end of the first three rounds of the skeet qualification on Friday, and a 24 out of 25 round first thing on Saturday made him a virtual certainty to qualify. He hit 23 targets in the last round, his lowest score of the five rounds, to finish on 120, just two behind leading qualifier Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus – the former world champion is the man to beat in the final.

Christie will be joined in the final by Malcolm Allen of Wales and Rory Warlow of England.

Barry Buddon saw history made when Michael Gault won bronze in the 10m men’s air pistol event. The 60-year-old Englishman started badly in the final but came back to achieve his historic medal behind Australian gold medallist Daniel Repacholi and Prakash Nanjappa of India.

Stewart Nangle of England, who is permanently on crutches, finished fifth behind Eddy Chew of Malaysia.

Scotland’s Alan Ritchie and David Owen failed to make the final of the event, while Caroline Brownlie similarly crashed out in qualifying for the women’s 25m pistol.