Seonaid McIntosh is Women’s 50m Rifle Prone World Champion after winning gold at the ISSF World Championships in Korea.
The result comes just a day after the GB Women’s 50 Rifle Prone team of Seonaid, Jen McIntosh and Zoe Bruce were confirmed as bronze medallists.
Germany’s Isabella Straub and Slovakia’s Pesk Demjen pushed Seonaid all the way to the last shot, and there was just 0.6 of a difference between bronze and gold!
That meant the Scottish athlete held her nerve right to the very end and shot a perfect 10.9 for last shot to win by 0.2!
Speaking after the result, Seonaid, said: “It feels pretty amazing. I don’t think I’m really quite aware of what it is I’ve done yet though to be honest!
“I think winning a team medal yesterday helped me because I wasn’t so nervous today plus I learned from my match yesterday to allow me to put in a better performance today.
“There were some really good women in the field so it was a tough competition. I just tried to work on making today’s performance better than yesterday’s and didn’t really think about the outcome.
With just a few shots remaining, Seonaid’s fantastic form took a slight hit when she shot a score of 9. But despite being relatively new to competition at this level, she showed the composure to take a break and go into her last shots focussed and ready to do what it takes to win gold.
She explained: “I was really quite nervous for my last 4 shots. I had a 9 for my 56th shot and took a break and then when I got back into position I was aware that I must be doing alright, but I thought that I was maybe vying for the bronze. I just tried to do what I’d done for the rest of the match and it turned out alright.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my sponsors and funders that have supported me to get to this point. I couldn’t do this without the financial support I receive from the National Lottery, UK Sport and Heriot Watt University as well as the fantastic all round support that I receive from Sport Scotland, British Shooting and Winning Students.
“Also, a huge thank you to the wonderful people who provide my kit, Edinkillie Sport Services, Kurt Thune, Grünig and of course Eley, thank you so much for your continued support.”