NEWLY crowned British champion Sam Wathen has almost given up on his Olympic dream.
Wathen, 24, was aiming for Beijing next year, but the automatic places have been taken. As a member of the Great Britain squad he is effectively a reserve should either of the two shooters in his discipline – double trap – withdraw.
Wathen, of Wincham, won the British title at Nuthampstead, with a little help from the Army. They staged an invitation event on the same ground the day before, which enabled Wathen and some of his rivals to get their eye in.
As the championships got under way Wathen’s opening score of 48 out of 50 gave him the lead.
He shot the trickier scheme - targets as far apart as possible next - and scored 42. He then scored 43 and fell one shot behind Steve Scott going into the top six shoot-off final. But he shot 41 for a total 174 to Scott’s 38 and 172.
‘Before the event I had a put in a new personal best of 141 out of 150 targets at my local shooting ground (Cloudside).
‘It is a world class score - and the one Steve Scott won the quota place for the Olympics on.’