With Scott and compatriot Tim Kneale placed sixth and second respectively ahead of the competition being whittled down to four, it could have been a very different result for team GB.
However it was Italy's Marco Innocenti and Fehaid Aldeehani, competing under the Olympic flag, who went on to battle it out for gold and silver medals with Feehani scoring 26 to the Italian's 24 to take gold.
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Scott, who was has the same coach as London 2012 winner, Peter Wilson - Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum - was up against Kneale for a guaranteed GB medal.
After a tense shootout, it was Scott who edged victory with a perfect 30/30 to Kneale's 28, for the bronze.
"Both of us [Scott and Kneale] put a tremendous amount of hard work and effort into this just to get here," Scott said. "It's a very, very emotional time for me.
"Me and Tim have worked so hard together and part of me wanted him to win! But it was me who won today, and hopefully in Tokyo he might. It was just so good to know that when shooting in the bronze medal match, either way, Team GB were coming away with a bronze medal.
"I actually think it made me a little more relaxed that I shot-off with my team-mate. But when I won I did feel a bit guilty and I didn't want to rub it in his face.
"Without a doubt I'll be having a celebratory beer with him later."
Scott was quite magnificently overjoyed with his medal, dancing delightedly with his gun after realising what he'd achieved.
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