Faulds and Wilson lead GB medals bid
May 29 2012
Former double Olympic champion Richard Faulds and world number one Peter Wilson will lead Great Britain's 10-strong shooting squad at London 2012.
Team GB will compete across all three disciplines on the Olympic shooting programme - shotgun, pistol and rifle - at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Wilson, who claimed first place and a new world record at the World Cup in Tucson earlier this year, and veteran Faulds joined Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt at Monday's announcement, held at the New Armouries in the Tower of London.
Faulds, 35, has been selected for his fifth consecutive Olympics, having claimed double trap gold at the 2000 Games in Sydney, which was Britain's first triumph in trap shooting since 1968.
"To compete on home turf is an absolute honour for me," said Faulds, who had qualified for the final of the 1996 Atlanta Games on his Olympic debut at the age of 19, and has won at four World Championships.
Wilson, 25, won the 2011 World Cup and European Championship titles, and the Dorchester sharp-shooter is relishing the opportunity to shine at London 2012.
He said: "I have been training relentlessly for the last six years just to have this opportunity, and it really is a dream come true. Having a crowd of any size right behind you is always very special, but it's going to be such a boost to have the home nation behind me. Thankfully I tend to raise my game when it matters."
Elena Allen, a 2010 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist, will represent Team GB in the women's Olympic skeet class.
There will be Olympic debuts for Edinburgh's Jennifer McIntosh, 20, and Harlow's James Huckle, 21, who are the youngest members of the British shooting squad.
Squad: Elena Allen - Olympic skeet, Richard Brickell - Olympic skeet, Rory Warlow - Olympic skeet, Peter Wilson - Olympic double trap, Richard Faulds - Olympic double trap, Georgina Geikie - 25m pistol, Jonathan Hammond - Prone rifle, James Huckle - Three position rifle, Ed Ling - Olympic trap, Jennifer McIntosh - Air rifle.
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