Hotshot Peter Wilson targets big celebration after win drama
Published 03/08/2012 | 12:16
Peter Wilson is turning his attention to shots of a different kind after clinching Olympic gold for Great Britain.
The 25-year-old farmer's son from Dorset (pictured) 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.
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.”
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 the training I've done these last six years.”