Brickell sees bright future for Britain

31 July 2012 / 16:26

The future of British shooting will be in good hands if Richard Brickell has his way.

Brickell, 36, from Newbury, narrowly missed out on a place in the men's skeet final at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Tuesday, but cheering him on were wife Kate and two-year-old son Oliver who, it seems, is already at home on the range.

"He loves it," said Brickell. "He's got his own gun already - it's only plastic though. He's got the jacket as well so he'll be ready to go soon."

Another big crowd had gathered on the shotgun range for the skeet - in which competitors fire at clay targets from seven different positions.

Brickell began the day five points off the lead with Rory Warlow, from Plymouth, a point better off following Monday's opening qualifiers. The two Brits realistically needed to shoot perfect 50s over their two remaining rounds to stand any chance of progressing, and both opened up with 25 to raise the hopes of the noisy home support.

But Warlow missed two shots in round two and Brickell one, leaving them tied on 118, two points short of forcing a shoot-off to reach the final.

"I needed a good 50 to have any chance really but I got a score on the board," added Brickell.

"I was really nervous but it's a matter of keeping on top of that and staying in a relaxed manner, that's the battle really. The crowd noise is good. Yesterday it was a bit of a surprise because it's something we're not used to but as the day progressed I could feel it helping me, I wanted to perform for the crowd. It's a new experience for us but something to really cherish."

Warlow, 22, could also look back on a satisfying couple of days, although Team GB's wait for a shooting finalist, let alone medallist, goes on.

"I'm very happy with that," said Warlow. "It's slightly below my average but everyone's score is slightly below their average because it's the Olympics and that's what happens. But I'm very pleased with my performance. If I'd done things slightly different I may have made the final but hindsight's a wonderful thing."