Peter Wilson smashes World Record in Arizona

29 March 2012 / 10:59

Peter Wilson has won the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Arizona - and smashed a World Record in the process. 

British Shooting's Olympic hopeful, Wilson, 25, won the Double Trap Men's final with a new World Record score of 198 hits out of 200 targets. 

The score easily beat the previous record of 196 hits set by China's Olympian Hu Binyuan in 2009. 

Wilson said: "This is pretty special, 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 – equaling a World Record set by Russia's Fokeey 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 Chetcuti and USA's Joshua Richmond finished on the podium in second and third place.

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