Double shooting gold for England

  • Last Updated: July 27 2014, 17:04 BST

England's shooting stars dominated proceedings on a glorious Sunday on the shotgun range at Glasgow 2014.

Charlotte Kerwood: Commonwealth champion in the double trap
Charlotte Kerwood: Commonwealth champion in the double trap

Golden duo Steve Scott and Charlotte Kerwood led the way as Team England claimed four of the six medals on offer.

With Olympic champion Peter Wilson absent from the Games, England's hopes of success in the men's double trap lay with Scott and Matthew French.

And the pair did not disappoint, ensuring an English one-two when they saw off India's Asab Mohd in a shoot-off to reach the gold-medal match.

But there was more drama to come when French, 33, from Oxford, nailed 29 of the 30 targets to record a score which, on any other day, would surely have seen him top the podium.

But 29-year-old Londoner Scott, who finished sixth at Delhi 2010, was in no mood to be beaten by his Commonwealth Games rookie team-mate and, in a titanic tussle, reeled off a perfect 30 to secure gold.

Scott, who is now coached by Wilson's mentor Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, said: "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 put ourselves in a situation where we could both win and I managed to come out on top. We both push each other and today we pushed each other along to gold and silver.

"I've done a lot of work with my coach and I owe everything to him. Peter was generous enough to let me be coached by him after he won gold and it's obviously working."

French was left to reflect on his own stunning performance which somehow, on this occasion, was not enough to secure gold.

"That normally wins, by quite a margin," he shrugged. "I couldn't do a great deal more but you can't beat a man who doesn't miss. Steve shot amazingly."

It proved to be a double success for Al Maktoum, who is also coaching women's shotgun ace Kerwood.

The 27-year-old from Sussex led from start to finish to secure her third Commonwealth double trap gold.

But Kerwood, who also has a pairs gold to her name, will have little opportunity to celebrate as she will be going for a fifth title in the single trap on Monday morning.

"The Commonwealth Games seems to like me," she admitted.

"But there's no time to celebrate yet. Tomorrow is what I have been training for. My coach thinks I was crazy going for this one as well but I'm going to be more confident now."

Rachel Parish completed England's bumper medal haul when she took bronze behind Kerwood.

The 33-year-old from Nottingham finished level with Canada's Cynthia Meyer and triumphed in a sudden-death shoot-off.

And unlike Kerwood, she will not be competing first thing in the morning. She said: "I think there will be some champagne now. Possibly a lot!"