15th – 18th July 2010
Laterina (Arezzo) - Italy
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SHARPSHOOTER ACHIEVES TARGET
- Sporting Life -
George Digweed achieved his goal of winning a world title in four different decades by claiming gold at the Italian Grand Prix in Laterina at the weekend.
The Hastings-based shooter, 46, hit a superb 197/200 total over the four-day tournament, beating fellow Brit Ben Husthwaite (195/200) into second and American Anthony Matarese (192/200) who was third.
He has now won a world title in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and now 2010, leaving Italy happy at having achieved the ambition he has worked towards for so long.
"My long-term goal has always been to try and win a world championship in four different decades," he explained. "I've had that goal for the last 2-3 years, along with trying to maintain my position within the sport and being competitive at a world level - which I've managed to do.
"Obviously the new decade started this year, and I wanted to win one more world title so I earned the enviable achievement in sport of having won the world championship as a senior in four different decades. Now I've done that, I'm very happy."
Despite his amazing achievement Digweed remains modest, insisting that serendipity played a part in the fine form he showed in Italy, where he shot a perfect 100/100 over the first two days.
"At certain times in your life things just go right," he said. "You can never get your timings absolutely spot on and have everything go right every time you go out.
"You try to give yourself every opportunity every time you go out to get it right, but there's certain times in everybody's career where it just slots into place and you have one of those red-letter shoots, so to speak.
"It's the same as somebody playing unbelievable tennis at Wimbledon one year and then not necessarily doing it again. It's just one of those times where everything came together."
Such modesty has not impacted upon his desire though. George is as hungry for success now as ever and he's still looking for further glory.
"I'm a very competitive person and as long as I feel I can compete at an international level I intend to - and that will not abate at all," he added.
"Going forward I hope that I can recreate the level that I got to this weekend in some shape or form. And I intend to keep going for as long as I can."