Commonwealth Games 2014: Kerwood claims Glasgow gold

Commonwealth Games 2014: Charlotte Kerwood lands fourth gold medal but insists it was just a warm-up for her main event

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Charlotte Kerwood landed her fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal but insisted it was just a warm-up for her main event.

Kerwood, who won the double trap as a 15-year-old at Manchester 2002, picked up her third gold in the event in Glasgow, having also won at Melbourne 2006.

I felt like it was slipping away from me a bit at one point, which wasn’t good, but it’s great experience for the trap

Charlotte Kerwood

Add to that a double trap pairs gold in Australia eight years ago and Kerwood, 27, is fast becoming a highly-decorated Commonwealth shooter.

However, it could be even better with double Olympian Kerwood in action in Monday’s trap event.

“It feels amazing – the Commonwealth Games seem to like me and it’s a good event to come to,” said Kerwood.

“I was relaxed and laughing because I didn’t realise that I was five targets ahead and started thinking there was no pressure.

“I felt like it was slipping away from me a bit at one point, which wasn’t good, but it’s great experience for the trap.

“Now I know what to expect with the crowd and everything else. I’ve no time to celebrate unfortunately but I’m in good form the trap.

“The trap is what I’ve been training for and I’m going to be more confident now. I haven’t spoken to my coach [Ahmed Al Maktoum].

“But I probably will before the Olympic trap event as that’s the one he’s been focusing with me on. He thinks I’m crazy shooting this one.”

Shortly after Kerwood’s success England’s Steve Scott made it a memorable day for the home nations by clinching a thrilling final to win gold in the men’s double trap.

“That is what you need to win gold but I did not think it would take 30 out of 30,” he said, after beating team-mate Matthew French.

“We had both been training to get to the gold medal match and were both determined to get there.

“I said to Matthew before I don’t care who wins because if I could take losing to anyone then it would be him. We’ve done a lot of training together and practiced high-pressure situations.”

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