Scott defeats teammate Kneale to claim double trap bronze

Scott defeats teammate Kneale to claim double trap bronze

10 August 2016 / 21:29

Team GB shooter Steven Scott defeated compatriot Tim Kneale to win the bronze medal in the men's Olympic double trap in Deodoro.

After both qualifying for the bronze medal match against each other, Scott’s perfect score of 30 against Kneale’s 28 secured Team GB their second shooting medal of Rio 2016 after Ed Ling’s trap bronze.

The two good friends embraced following the end of the tense competition and despite claiming the final spot on the podium, it was clear that Scott had nothing but respect and admiration for the efforts of Kneale.

“Both of us put a tremendous amount of effort and hard work in just to get here, let alone to make a final and shoot for a medal,” said Scott.

“It’s a very emotional time for me. There is a little part of me that wanted him to win as well because we worked so hard together.

“I think the expectation coming into the event was to medal, but personally I just wanted to make the final and give myself a good chance. I know I’ve got the ability to win.

“It made me a little bit more relaxed knowing that I’m shooting off with my teammate.”

While Kneale was disappointed, he was also pleased for his friend to take the bronze.

“It is a strange feeling right now and mixed emotions,” he said.

“I am really happy for Scotty because we are really good friends but obviously it would have been great to win that bronze medal.

“I can’t complain too much though.

“A few years ago I was going to give up the sport because I was shooting so poorly so to go from there to fourth at the Olympic Games is a great achievement.

“I also heard from back home that we were on BBC One at primetime which is amazing.

“We don’t get a lot of coverage so something like this is a great way to showcase our sport.”
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