Shooting star Jen McIntosh becomes top Scots girl

Jen McIntosh earned her fifth Commonwealth Games medal to surpass her mum's record of four. 'Photograph: Paul Reid
Jen McIntosh earned her fifth Commonwealth Games medal to surpass her mum's record of four. 'Photograph: Paul Reid
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Jen McIntosh secured a landmark medal for Scotland on the final day of the Commonwealth Games shooting competition.

Capital star McIntosh’s silver ensured Scotland surpassed their previous best medal haul of 33 to make it the country’s most successful Games.

The 23-year-old followed up Monday’s bronze in the 50m rifle prone with silver in the three positions event, making her Scotland’s most decorated female Commonwealth athlete with five medals – beating her shooter mother Shirley’s record of four in the process.

“That’s an incredible accolade to have at 23,” she said. “And it’s about time mum’s record went!

“The whole Scotland team has been absolutely fantastic. It’s our biggest team and the best prepared team we have ever had.

“We came here to break records and that’s what we’ve done. For me personally it’s pretty special. It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life.”

Elsewhere, Dan Rivers took a shock gold medal for England in the rifle three positions. The 21-year-old from Didcot was as surprised as anyone when he won a bronze in the 10m air rifle on Friday, but he surpassed his own expectations when he saw off Indian duo Sanjeev Rajput and Gagan Narang in the event which comprises prone, kneeling and standing.

“I didn’t think it could get much better than the bronze, but it has,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling. I felt really prepared. The air rifle was a surprise, but this is my strongest event. I had it in hand – I knew what I was doing and I took my chance with both hands.”