Commonwealth Games: Castle Douglas shooter David McMath wins gold for Scotland

Team Scotland shooting medals David McMath (gold) and Linda Pearson (bronze) (picture: Jeff Holmes)
Team Scotland shooting medals David McMath (gold) and Linda Pearson (bronze) (picture: Jeff Holmes)

A Castle Douglas shooter made history when he won gold at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

David McMath (21) shone on his debut, producing a magnificent performance in the double trap shooting event to take Team Scotland’s tally to 30 medals in the Gold Coast.

It is the country’s best ever display on foreign soil, eclipsing Melbourne 2006 Games’ record of 29.

As the ‘Double Trap’ name suggests, two targets are released simultaneously and one shot is taken at each.

McMath showed ice cool composure and laser accuracy as he rattled off his few remaining shots into the targets to set a new Games record of 74 and beat Isle of Man’s Tim Kneale, who won silver and IOM’s first medal at these Games.

Earlier McMath had qualified in first position with a score of 137+6 following a shoot-off with India’s Ashab Mohd.

McMath, a civil engineering student at Strathclyde University, said: “I’m absolutely loving it; I couldn’t have asked for more.

“After the first few pairs, I was a bit on the back foot, but started to pull it back.

“I took time off uni to train, so the last couple of months have been pretty focused. The experience here has been absolutely incredible.

“I’ve never been in a final as big as that before and it’s a totally new experience.

“I shot very well and to get here in the end is so fantastic.”