Thursday, August 2, 2012
Peter Wilson wins double trap gold
LONDON -- There was the pressure that comes with competing at home. Then there was the wind, and a stiff challenge from Vasily Mosin.
Peter Wilson was tough enough to deal with all of it.
Wilson won the double trap gold medal at the London Olympics on Thursday, edging Sweden's Hakan Dahlby by two shots. The 25-year-old Briton, who holds the world record, scored 188 points.
Russia's Mosin won the bronze after winning a shootout with Fehaid al-Deehani of Kuwait. The two were tied at 185.
"It was an emotional roller coaster for me from start to finish," Wilson said after scoring 188 out of 200 shots fired.
The No. 2-ranked Wilson was on target during three qualifying rounds, scoring 143 out of 150 points to reach the finals at the Royal Artillery Barracks with a three-point lead on Mosin.
Wilson maintained a consistent lead, but was under pressure halfway through the finals, missing five targets -- including a double -- as Mosin narrowed the lead to one point.
"I did know that Vasily got quite close in the middle and then I got further ahead at the end," Wilson said. "But dropping a complete pair was not in the plan."
Some shooters appeared to struggle with the wind. Top-ranked Joshua Richmond of the United States missed six targets during the qualifying round of the medium-range event and finished in 17th.
"Today was one of my toughest days ever," said Richmond, who struggled with his holding points and missed a lot more first targets.
"I was somewhat chasing my tail all day trying to figure it out and put a run together," Richmond said.
He was disappointed with his total of 133 points.
"The score wasn't the one I was looking for," Richmond said.
Beijing gold medalist Glenn Eller of the U.S. also missed the final after finishing 22nd with 126 points.
"Unfortunately, I got behind early and basically chased my tail until I was out of it," Eller said.
Mosin was disappointed with his performance in the event, where two clay targets are released simultaneously.
"The wind is nothing in an Olympic competition. Nothing. It's all mental," Mosin said.
He said the reason he wasn't able to catch Wilson was he did not keep the shooting simple.
"You set to do your normal job, and then you try to do it a little bit better," he said. "This is the main mistake. You have to do your job. Boom, boom and boom, boom, and nothing more."
It was Britain's first shooting gold at the Olympics in 12 years.