Johnston on target for Glasgow gold

2:46 pm on 29 July 2014

The Lower Hutt shooter Sally Johnston has set a new Commonwealth Games record to win the women's 50-metre prone event and claim New Zealand's first shooting gold medal in Glasgow.

2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Photo: AFP / GLASGOW2014 / Martin McCready

The 44-year-old shot a games record 620.7 to narrowly beat South Africa's Esmari van Reenen with the Delhi gold medallist Jen McIntosh of Scotland third.

The other New Zealander in the field, Jenna Mackenzie, finished in 14th position.

Glasgow is Johnston's fourth Commonwealth games.

The Wellingtonian won a bronze medal in the 50-metre rifle prone at the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998, but missed out on medals in Melbourne in 2006 and Delhi in 2010, finishing fifth and seventh respectively.

New Zealand's gold medal tally has risen to seven after five days of competition.

In the Delhi Games four years ago, New Zealand managed only six golds overall.