It’s been a fantastic season so far for Scotland’s David McNeill, but winning bronze at the World Championships in Lonato last week is surely the highlight. A steady performance over two days in Qualification saw him into the final in 5th place with a new Scottish record of 118.
And what a final it was – after ten targets, he was sitting in third place, but after ten more targets he was up into second. Three misses in the next ten targets had him back down to third, only one point behind Italy’s Andrea Lapucci. The gap held over the next ten targets, securing McNeill’s place on the podium, but some fantastic shooting from the Italian meant he stayed in third. Lapucci claimed silver while Czech’s Daniel Korcak took the title by only one target.
A World Championships medal in itself is a fantastic result, but even more impressive is that it makes David the first Scottish athlete to ever win an individual shotgun medal at a World Championships. Massive congratulations to David on his win and we wish him all the best at the Junior World Cup!
Report by Jennifer Ross, STS Performance & Pathways Manager