London, England (Sports Network) - Peter Wilson won the men's double trap event Thursday at the London Games, giving Great Britain its first shooting gold in 12 years.
Wilson led the event after the qualification round with a score of 143 and then hit 45-of-50 targets in the finals to win the competition with a total score of 188 -- 10 less than his world record mark of 198. Sweden's Hakan Dahlby won silver, hitting 49 out of 50 shots in the final round after qualifying with a score of 137.
"All these years during my preparation nothing else mattered - world cup, world competitions - more than the Olympic Games," said Wilson. "Nothing compares to winning in London."
The last gold for Great Britain in shooting came when Richard Faulds also won the double trap event at the 2000 Sydney Games. Faulds competed in this event at Royal Artillery Barracks on Thursday, but placed 12th after failing to qualify for the finals.
Vasily Mosin of Russia claimed bronze after defeating Kuwait's Fehaid Aldeehani in a shoot-off. Both shooters finished the final round with scores of 185.
American shooters Joshua Richmond and Walton Eller placed 16th and 22nd, respectively.
08/02 12:29:20 ET