Another fun-filled weekend of Olympic Trap done and dusted. The third and final round of British Shooting’s Shotgun Series 2018 has been completed. The race to the final has been run.... or wheeled or limped, or whatever ... who will make it?! Report by Allan Ritchie
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Last night the majority of the athletes from the Gold Coast, including family members who play such a crucial role, gathered for a small athlete's reception at the Crannog in Stirling, before going on to a reception hosted by the First Minister for all of Team Scotland. This was the perfect opportunity to present the 2018 winner of the Bob Aitken Service to Shooting Award, Donald McIntosh, with this award in front of the athletes he has worked so closely with over the last Commonwealth Games cycle.
With Day 9 being about the ladies, the tenth and final day was all about the men. It had already been a fantastic Games for Team Scotland's shooting team at the Belmont Shooting Centre with 6 medals already banked and on the plane home but there was no time for getting emotional as STS athletes were competing in two more events and with all three athletes scheduled to compete already with one medal each at these Games, they were all looking to double their personal tally and increase Scotland's already tally.
Day 9 was an all female affair and had the pressure of keeping up the trend set by the last 3 days of winning at least one medal but with the Women's Rifle athletes competing for the second day in a row and Women's Trap also taking place, there's nothing to suggest it's a trend that cant continue. There is also a look ahead to the Day 10, the final day of shooting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where there are yet more medal hopes for Scotland, this time with the men, in the Men's 50m 3P Rifle and the conclusion of the Queens Prize Individual Final.
Day 8 sees shotgun take a break and the Women's Rifle athletes return as they look to repeat their success from the Commonwealth Championships in November last year. We also enter Day 2 of 3 for the Queens Prize Individual Final. There is also a look ahead to the Day 9 schedule which sees the full-bore athletes take a days rest after four straight days of competing but Scotland female rifle athletes are back for a second consecutive day, this time in the 3P, and the Women's Skeet competition finally gets underway.
Day 7 saw the entry of STS's shotgun athletes into the medal charge. Can they follow on from the medal success enjoyed on Day 7 when the Scots compete in the Men's and Women's Double Trap competitions? Also, the 3 day long Queens Prize Individual Final kicked off, less than 24 hours after the completion of the Pairs competition so see how they got on. We also take a look ahead to the Day 8 schedule which is slightly less packed and more of a lie-in for athletes and spectators alike as the Queens Prize Individual Final goes into its second day and Scotland's female rifle athletes return for the Women's 50m Prone Rifle Finals. Will there be more medals in store for STS and Team Scotland?