GB shooter credits Dubai royal after gold joy
British shooter Peter Wilson paid tribute to a UAE gold medallist after claiming Olympic gold at the London games.
Wilson, who is the double trap world record holder and current world number two, triumphed at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
The 25-year-old shot 188 out of 200 in the Double Trap final to win by two clays.
Wilson told the BBC on Friday that the biggest thanks were to his Dubai-based coach.
"He is just wonderful," said Wilson. "I would not be here without his help. I can't thank him enough."
He said a lot of the coaching went on over the phone and Wilson did think Al Maktoum would not make it to the Games due to health problems.
But the 48-year-old has travelled from Dubai to London and was on hand to see Wilson take the gold medal.
Sitting with his medal around his neck, Wilson said: "I would not have this thing around my neck if it wasn't for him (Sheikh Ahmed)."
Kuwaiti shooter Fehaid Aldeehani just missed out on a bronze medal after losing a shoot-out with Russia's Vasily Mosin.