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Commonwealth Games: Scotland beat overseas Games medal target

Commonwealth Games: Scotland beat overseas Games medal target

Linda Pearson won bronze in the women's double trapScotland surpassed their previous best tally at an overseas Commonwealth Games with 32 medals guaranteed after success in shooting and boxing.Linda Pearson, 54, won a bronze in the women's double trap to equal the previous best of 29 at Melbourne 2006. Reece McFadden and John Docherty reached boxing semi-finals in the 52kg and 75kg weight classes respectively.
And David McMath then won Scotland's seventh gold of the Gold Coast Games in the double trap shooting.
McMath wins shooting gold for Scotland
McMath, a 21-year-old civil engineering student, came 10th in the World Championships last year but clinched Scotland's 30th medal overall. Their current tally stands at seven gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze, although they won 11 golds in Melbourne.Scotland's highest ever medal tally at a Commonwealth Games came on home soil in Glasgow in 2014, when they won 53 medals.McFadden, 22, won an unanimous decision against Pakistan's Syed Muhammad Asif and next fights on Friday for a chance to progress to a gold-medal deciding bout.Docherty, 20, won a split decision against England's Benjamin Whittaker to reach the 75kg semi-finals.
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Scotland's Docherty defeats England's Whittaker by split decision
Earlier Pearson pipped India's Varsha Varman by a single target to take bronze.She revealed she will likely retire, with no shooting events at the Birmingham Games in 2022."Probably at my age, 54, I'm going to retire from Olympic disciplines," she told BBC Sport. "So I think this will be it for me."There could be further Scottish success in diving later on Wednesday with James Heatly through to the men's 1m springboard final after finishing third best in qualifying.The 20-year-old is bidding to emulate his grandfather Sir Peter, who won five diving medals, including three golds, in the 1950s. Lucas Thomson also qualified as the 11th of the 12 finalists.In the lawn bowls, the women's pair of Lesley Doig and Claire Johnston had a mixed day, enjoying a 36-10 victory over Cook Islands but losing 18-11 to Malaysia.The men's fours of Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall defeated England 12-8 in round three.Scotland suffered a 57-37 defeat to Uganda in the netball.
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