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London 2012: Emotional Wilson overjoyed with Olympic gold
7:00am Friday 3rd August 2012 in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News
PETER Wilson was last night turning his attention to shots of a different kind after clinching Olympic gold for Great Britain.
The 25-year-old farmer’s son from Dorchester landed Britain’s first shooting medal in 12 years after coming through a nerve-jangling final in the double trap, and then outlined exactly how he planned to celebrate.
“I’m going to get very, very drunk and do something stupid,” he said.
Wilson certainly deserved a glass or two after threatening to blow his hopes of gold halfway through the tense shoot-out.
He was three points ahead after the morning qualifiers but a capacity crowd at the Royal Artillery Barracks feared the worst when Russia’s Vasily Mosin closed to within a point.
Mosin’s challenge soon fell away but worse was to come for Wilson when he ‘dropped a pair’, missing both the clay targets with shots 41 and 42.
“That wasn’t in the plan,” he admitted. “I think that made everyone a bit nervous, including me.”
But, in front of the onlooking Princess Royal, Wilson showed just why he is world number two and world record holder by nailing his final four rounds.
Needing to hit just one of the final two clays, he shattered both before dropping to his knees in tears and receiving a hug from dad Charles.
His 188 total was well short of his world’s best 198 but was enough to hold off Sweden’s Hakan |Dahlby by two points, with |Mosin winning bronze after a shoot-off with Kuwait’s Fehaid Aldeehani.
“The last last four pairs, I don’t know I did it,” Wilson added.
“It comes down to all the training I’ve done for these past six years.
“The last pair was very special.”
Anne was not the only royalty on the range, as Wilson is coached by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, the Olympic gold medallist in the same event at Athens in 2004 and a member of Dubai’s Royal Family.
The pair were friends on the shooting circuit and Sheikh Ahmed took on the role “over a coffee and a handshake” just as he was about to retire after Beijing 2008.
Wilson did not expect his coach to attend the Games due to health problems, but he managed to make the trip and revealed he had to have a few calming words for his protege.
“He was confident today,” said Sheikh Ahmed. “But he wasn’t confident a week ago, he was worried about the fans, shooting at home and that he had to win it.
“I told him ‘if you are planning to win it, you are not going to win it’.
“He had a job to do, and the job is about technique. We had to focus on that, but it was hard.”
Wilson only took up shooting competitively in 2006 after a snowboarding accident left him with a badly injured shoulder, which still requires daily treatment, and which meant he could not play cricket or squash.
He now calls that a “happy accident” and it certainly paid off yesterday as Britain finally had a shooting medallist for the first time since Richard Faulds struck gold at Sydney 2000.
Faulds, 35, was also competing yesterday, at his fifth Olympics , but his experience was not so happy after slumping to a poor 39 in his opening round before rallying to finish 12th.
“My head wasn’t 100 per cent in the right place,” he admitted. “I’m not going to go into details now. It was personal.”
At least he had someone to drown his sorrows with last night.