Double whammy for GB shooter Wilson as he smashes world record in Tucson Shotgun World Cup win
Thursday, 29 March 2012
March 29 - British Shooting's Olympic hopeful Peter Wilson (pictured) has won the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Arizona – setting a world record in the process.
Wilson, 25, won the double trap Mmen's final with a score of 198 hits out of 200 targets, beating the previous record of 196 hits set by China's Olympian Hu Binyuan in 2009.
"This is pretty special," said Wilson.
"I'm really looking forward to the Olympics in London and the home environment, it's an exciting prospect.
"I feel oddly relaxed considering the feat I've just achieved.
"I've had great support from the team around me and through the lottery funded World Class Programme at British Shooting."
Wilson was in unbeatable form in Tucson, scoring the highest possible qualification score of 148 hits – equalling a world record set by Russia's Vitaly Fokeev at last year's World Cup in Chile.
Wilson then went on to shoot the perfect round in the medal match – shooting 50 hits out of 50 targets.
Programme manager for the Olympic Performance Group, Tim Newenham, said: "Peter's performance in Arizona was outstanding.
"It's the culmination of thousands of hours of training, both physical and mental, and the whole team can be very proud to have played a part in supporting Peter's work towards his world record.
"It's a great position to be going into the London Olympic Games, where home crowd support for British shooters can play such an important role in boosting their performances.
"We've worked closely with UK Sport to ensure our World Class Programme is highly effective and also more recently with the British Olympic Association to help ensure our Olympic Games planning is efficient and we are grateful to both organisations for their expertise."
Malta's William Chetcuti and Joshua Richmond of the United States finished on the podium in second and third place respectively.