“With perfect weather conditions and brilliant new shooting ranges conditions were perfect” he says, “and I was sure I could beat the world record”. Self belief and fearless disregard for the world class competition he was up against are the kind of qualities that could bring success in the biggest test of all that almost certainly awaits him at the London Olympics.
The win in Tucson he views as just a stepping stone to his goal of an Olympic gold medal and to this end he’s been training hard through the winter months. He has not lacked support; his coach is former Olympic and World Champion Ahmed Al Maktoum who undoubtedly sees Wilson as his protégé with medal winning potential.
In his preparation for the biggest challenge of his career that awaits him at the London Olympics Wilson is carefully pacing himself. “I don’t believe in building up to things” he says. “At the beginning of each season you have so much fuel in the tank and then it begins to drain away. Right now I’m going to relax for a while and top up my energy levels”.