Scott wins Commonwealth gold

Battle shooter Steve Scott has won gold for England in the men's double trap at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Battle shooter Steve Scott has won gold for England in the men's double trap at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
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Steve Scott has struck gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this afternoon (Sunday).

The Battle shooter won the men’s double trap event to claim his second Commonwealth gold medal having triumphed in the double trap pairs four years ago.

England ace Steve Scott beat compatriot Matthew French to secure gold in a dramatic and high quality final at the Barry Buddon Centre in Dundee.

French dropped just one clay out of 30, but Scott nailed every one to secure gold and his second major title of the summer following his victory at the European Shotgun Championships in Hungary.

Scott and French previously hit 27 out of their 30 targets in the semi-final to go into a three-way shoot-off with India’s Asab Mohb to reach the gold medal match.

Mohb was first to miss, guaranteeing a British one-two and a second gold of the day following Charlotte Kerwood’s success in the women’s event a couple of hours earlier.

The competition began with 18 competitors tackling five rounds of 30 targets and the top six advancing to the semi-finals.

Scott came fourth, albeit with the same total as those in second and third, with scores of 27, 24, 27, 30 and 24 for a total of 132.

The 29-year-old said: “I got a 30/30 in the qualifying round, and I managed to keep a little bit extra in the gold medal match and come away with a second.

“It was probably the most passionate shoot-off I’ve ever been involved in because if I ever wanted anyone to beat me it would be Matthew. We both put ourselves in a situation where we could both win and I managed to come out on top.”