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Peter Wilson the men's double trap shooting finals at the London 2012 Olympics
Peter Wilson in the men's double trap shooting finals

Olympic Heroes: Men

SHOOTING - Men’s Double Trap - PETER WILSON: Gold

Wilson took the gold in the men’s double trap, after scoring 188 out of a possible 200 hits. He finished two shots ahead of Swedish man, Hakan Dahlby. Russia’s Vasily Mosin took the bronze medal.

Fact: Wilson’s gold medal was Great Britain’s first Olympic shooting medal since teammate, Richard Faulds, won the event in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

 

CANOE

Canoe Sprint – 200m Men’s Single Kayak - ED MCKEEVER: Gold

McKeever qualified for the K1 200m final after achieving a new Olympic best of 35.087 seconds in the heats. He won a gold medal in the event on the 11 August, living up to his billing of “Usain Bolt on water”.

Fact: Ed McKeever has a BA (Hons) in accountancy and finance from Kingston University and is currently studying for his professional accountancy ACCA qualification.

 

Canoe Slalom – Men’s C2 TIM BAILLIE & ETIENNE STOTT: Gold

Tim Baillie and his partner Etienne Stott won gold in front of the 12,000 strong home crowd at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, on 2 August. They secured a time of 106.41 while fellow Britons, David Florence and Richard Hounslow, came in second with a time of 106.77.

Fact: Baillie and Stott’s success was described as “unexpected” and a “surprise”, with the pair describing winning gold as “mad”.

 

EQUESTRIAN - Men’s Team Showjumping - NICK SKELTON, BEN MAHER, SCOTT BRASH & PETER CHARLES: Gold

The quartet of Skelton, Maher, Brash and Charles, took gold in a jump-off against the Netherlands. Both teams finished their final rounds with eight penalty points, but the Dutch Houtzager knocked over a fence in the final ride, whereas Charles completed a flawless finish.

Fact: Nick Skelton began horse riding at 18 months on a Welsh Mountain pony called Oxo.

 

SAILING - Men’s Finn - BEN AINSLIE: Gold

2012 was a standout year for this English competitive sailor, who became the first person to win medals in five different Olympic games in sailing. He edged past his close rival, Jonas Hogh-Christensen, to take the gold medal in the Finn medal race.

Fact: Ainslie is the currently the most successful sailor in Olympic history.  

 

TENNIS - Men’s Singles - ANDY MURRAY: Gold

Murray bounced back from a devastating Wimbledon defeat just four weeks earlier, to finally clinch victory and take the gold in the men’s singles against the seemingly invincible Roger Federer. He won in straight sets, conceding only seven games to his rival, to become the first British champion in over 100 years.

Read More:  How Andy Murray ended a 76 year wait for Wimbledon Championship

Fact: Only an hour later, Murray was back on court with Laura Robson and took silver in the mixed doubles final, narrowly losing 6-2 against the Belarussian duo, Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.

 

TRIATHLON - Men’s Triathlon - ALISTAIR BROWNLEE: Gold

Team GB dominated the men’s triathlon. Brownlee took gold after finishing in a time of one hour, 46 minutes and 25 seconds. Spain’s Javier Gomez took silver, and Alistair’s younger brother, Jonny Brownlee, claimed the bronze medal.

Fact: Alistair Brownlee is also a back-to-back European Triathlon Union champion and a two-time Triathlon World Champion, winning in 2009 and again in 2011.

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