When I interviewed Peter Wilson back in 2011, one thing came across loud and clear, his focus and dedication on winning a Gold Medal at the Olympics:
The whole idea was to go for the Olympics, I am not doing this for anything other than the Olympics. I don’t do it for World Cups or World Championships – they are all fantastic competitions, and they are great stepping stones to the end goal – but the absolute goal is to win the Olympic Games. I set myself up to do that, and that is still my goal today – obviously, it is very difficult to do that but if you don’t aim high, you are never going to achieve what you set out to do.
Today was the realisation of that goal. Peter Wilson won the Gold Medal for Double Trap at the London 2012 Games – the Dorset shooter finished two shots clear of Sweden’s Hakan Dahlby. with Vasily Mosin from Russia taking the bronze medal.
Wilson, 25, had finished the qualifying stage three shots clear and held off Dahlby’s challenge to seal gold. It is Britain’s first Olympic shooting medal since Richard Faulds triumphed in the same event in Sydney 12 years ago. Wilson came into the event as world record holder and world number two and was the youngest man in the final.
Everyone at ShootClay is so proud of Peter and his contribution to our sport – I’m hoping to get a follow up interview with him as soon as possible.