GB shooters look to future
August 6, 2012 21:26 pm
Great Britain's shooters could not add to the success of Peter Wilson on the final day of Olympic competition - but they are confident the future is bright.
Wilson's dramatic gold medal on Thursday was the undoubted highlight, from a British point of view, of the 10-day competition at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
James Huckle and Jonathan Hammond were unable to reach the final of the rifle three positions on Monday morning while Ed Ling missed out in the trap.
But despite no other member of the 11-strong British team making a final there were plenty of positives to take, not least the performances of 21-year-old Essex lad Huckle at his first Olympic Games.
Huckle, who finished 25th in the event won by Italy's Niccolo Campriani, said: "I've learned a lot from it and hopefully, going forward, dealing with that pressure, I feel like I have really matured as an athlete. The world-record holder was just to my right today and I beat him by a point, so I feel like I'm in the right company and I'm moving up the rankings.
"Most of the guys on that board are in their 30s so in four, eight, 12 years, I've got to pick up my game. I'm one of the youngest guys out there so I'm definitely not too disheartened."
Hammond finished last out of the 41 competitors but last week in his preferred event, the 50m prone, he came a creditable 17th. The 31-year-old Scot, competing at his second Games, said: "Two of the guys winning medals were over 45 so that gives you the motivation to keep going. Experience is a major factor in this sport.
"I'll learn from it and move on, it's part of the journey and I'll keep going. It's hard in our sport to qualify for the Olympics but hopefully I'll make it to Rio. That's the goal, and to continue learning and improving."
Ling was in with a chance of qualifying for the trap final but his hopes disappeared after a final-round 21 out of 25. The 29-year-old farmer from Somerset was eventually ranked 21st in the event won by Giovanni Cernogoraz of Croatia.
"Just being here, the experience has been fantastic and the crowd have been the best, I will never forget that," he said.
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