England shooter Steve Scott beat compatriot Matthew French to secure gold in a dramatic double trap final at the Commonwealth Games.
With Olympic champion Peter Wilson not competing in Glasgow 2014, England’s medal hopes rested with Scott, 29 from Sussex, and 33-year-old French of Oxford.
And the duo did not disappoint, hitting 27 out of their 30 targets in the semi-final to go into a three-way shoot-off with India’s Asab Mohb to reach the gold-medal match.
Mohb was first to miss, guaranteeing a British one-two and a second gold of the day following Charlotte Kerwood’s success in the women’s event a couple of hours earlier.
And it was Scott, a pairs winner at Delhi four years ago, who triumphed against Commonwealth rookie French in a final of incredible quality.
French dropped just one clay out of 30 but Scott nailed every one to secure gold.
Afterwards an elated Scott said: “I got a 30/30 in the qualifying round yesterday and I managed to keep a little bit extra in the gold-medal match and come away with a second.
“It was probably the most passionate shoot-off I’ve ever been involved in because if I ever wanted anyone to beat me it would be Mattthew. We both put ourselves in a situation where we could both win, and I managed to come out on top.
“He could be top 10 in the world, the way he shoots. We both push each other and today we pushed each other along to gold and silver.”