Olympics: Nerves not an issue for shooter McIntosh

Jen McIntosh reckons her second bite of the Olympic cherry could be the sweetest when she loads up for the three-positions 50 metres shooting final today.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 5:30 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:59 pm
Jen McIntosh competes in her 'priority' event today

The 25-year-old Edinburgh star survived a gun malfunction to come 15th in the air rifle last Saturday but now goes into the event where she took bronze at Glasgow 2014.

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She said: “This is the priority event. But it is, for me, the one I cope well with when I’m nervous. I don’t feel it. I’ve no idea why. It’s just a weird thing. It’s maybe down to confidence because I’m comfortable.”

To earn a place on the podium, McIntosh would need to shoot out of her skin but Donald, her coach and father, believes the five-time Commonwealth medallist has the capability to hit her lifelong target. But his daughter expects it to be crapshoot in deciding who comes out on top.

“It’s so hard to predict the outcome. It’s hard even to expect an outcome in shooting. You just want to come off feeling that you had the best performance you could have done on that day. Wherever I finish, I have to accept that.”