Commonwealth Games: Scotland fall short in shooting

Scotland’s medal winning-form did not carry over into the first event at the Barry Buddon shooting venue, the 10m air pistol for women.

Caroline Brownlie, Picture:  Paul Reid
Caroline Brownlie, Picture: Paul Reid

In the qualification event, Caroline Brownlie made a poor start with a 75 – the lowest score of the morning – with her opening round, and though she recovered well and shot a final 96, the damage was done and she finished 24th out of 28 competitors with a score of 351.

Heena Sidhu of India led the qualifiers with a score of 383, and she is joined in the lunchtime final by fellow Indian Malaika Goel, Lynda Kiejko and of Dorothy Ludwig of Canada, Carol Kennerley of Wales, Armin Asha of Bangladesh, Shun Xie Teo of Singapore, and Australia’s Lalita Yauhleuskaya who was second in qualification – she has won six gold medals in the last four Games.

There were no Scots in the 10m air rifle for men, and qualification for this afternoon’s final ended with a strong showing for England, with Daniel Rivers setting a Games record with his total score of 623.6, just 0.2 ahead of his compatriot Kenneth Parr. Abhinav Bindra and Ravi Kumar of India were third and fourth respectively and 2008 Olympic champion Bindra will be fancied to finish strongly.

The men’s skeet qualification event is at the halfway stage, with the women’s skeet qualification and final to come this afternoon.


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