Glasgow 2014: Jen McIntosh holds nerve for bronze

Jen McIntosh can't fight the tears after securing bronze. Pic: PA
Jen McIntosh can't fight the tears after securing bronze. Pic: PA
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Capital shooter Jen McIntosh was unable to retain her Commonwealth title in the women’s 50m rifle prone, but she “held her nerve” to earn Scotland a third shooting medal with a bronze.

It was a fourth Commonwealth medal for the 23-year-old, who was pipped by winner Sally Johnston from New Zealand and South Africa’s Esmari Van Reenan.

McIntosh said: “It’s incredible, I’m glad I could give the people here something to cheer about.

“It comes down to being mentally focused and not panicking. It wasn’t easy out there and it came down to holding my nerve.”

Michael Gault bowed out of competitive shooting unable to add to his record Commonwealth medal haul, but Ken Parr and Caroline Povey did contribute to England’s growing tally with bronze medals in the 50m rifle prone and the Olympic trap respectively.

Gault, the 60-year-old grandfather from Norfolk, drew level with Australian shooter Phillip Adams as the most decorated Commonwealth athlete of all time on Saturday but his attempt to win an unprecedented 19th medal ended when he failed to qualify for the 50m air pistol final.

The former RAF radar engineer then confirmed that Glasgow 2014, his sixth Games, will be his last. “I wanted to give it a little bash and try to get the all-time record,” he said.

“But unfortunately the bullets I used wouldn’t go into the middle of the target. They kept flying into the nine ring, or sometimes the eight! I gave it my best shot, but my body was telling me it’s time to pack up. My legs are burning and I’ve got a trapped nerve in my back, so it’s time to call it a day.”