Commonwealth Games: Seonaid McIntosh adds to family’s medal hall of fame

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Seonaid McIntosh missed out on a medal at her home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – but she delivered on the Gold Coast to maintain a long-standing family tradition.

The Scottish shooter claimed bronze in the women’s 50m prone rifle, after just missing out on the medal in the 10m air rifle.

And, in a week which saw national sibling day celebrated, she got bragging rights over sister and Rio Olympian Jennifer, who finished eighth.

“It’s just such a cool feeling but it would have been more fun to have Jen up there with me on the podium,” said McIntosh, whose mother Shirley is a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist.

“We do all our training together at Meadowbank and our form was really good before the Games. Jen won bronze in this event in Glasgow, so it is nice to keep it in the family.”

Diver James Heatly admitted his historic bronze in the 1m springboard took its toll after he finished fifth behind England’s Jack Laugher in the 3m event. He was still feeling emotional after becoming the first Scottish diver to win a medal at the Games since grandfather Sir Peter.

“Fifth isn’t a loss for me and I’m very happy with it,” he insisted. “I was a bit tired after the emotion of the medal. I didn’t get much sleep and I had to fight through to get to the final but I’m over the moon with that performance.

“I’m just a big baby really, aren’t I? I’m still getting through messaging everyone back because I’ve had so many messages but it still doesn’t feel real, perhaps it will when I get home. The support here is just amazing, I think they’re all related to me and I have family out here, too, so it’s been great to see them all again.”

Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes in the squash for Scottish players. Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles with a quick-fire victory over a lowly-ranked pair from Trinidad and Tobago.

But Kevin Moran and Lisa Atiken lost their mixed doubles clash to English favourites Jenny Duncalf and Adrian Waller.

Craig Howieson was also on the wrong end of an English result in the men’s doubles in table tennis. Along with partner Gavin Rumgay, he lost to David McBeath and Sam Walker in straight sets.