Shooting team targets 2012 medals

16 April 2012 / 17:06

Peter Wilson will lead the hunt for medals as Great Britain's shooting team limber up for the Olympics this week.

Wilson, 25, starts the ISSF Shooting World Cup as the world number one and world-record holder in the double trap.

The tournament is being held at The Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich from April 16-28, and doubles as the test event for this summer's Games.

Britain have not won a shooting medal at the Olympics since Richard Faulds took Gold at Sydney in 2000.

But Phil Scanlan, British Shooting`s performance director, is confident they can break their duck this year.

"We would be pleased to get one medal but we are hoping for more than that," he said.

Wilson is the man in form having smashed the world record on his way to victory in the Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, Arizona, in March.

And the farmer's son from Dorset is relishing the chance to compete a little closer to home. Wilson said: "This is the first chance I have had to get on the range and pull the trigger and it's amazing. I don't think I ever thought I'd be shooting in a competition in London."

The GB Olympic team will be named in May with Wilson, Faulds and 21-year-old James Huckle the athletes most likely to be in with a shout of a place on the podium when the Games begin.

Huckle, from Harlow, Essex, said: "We are really confident, we've had some great preparation and as a team we are shooting really well."