PETER Wilson announced himself to the world when he nailed his last pair of targets to claim Olympic double trap gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

The charismatic Dorchester marksman needed to hit his final two clays for London 2012 glory and, with all eyes on him, he did just that.

Now, exactly one year on from that famous day in Woolwich, Wilson recalls the moment he held his nerve to triumph on the biggest stage of all.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster ride for me and I wish it had been more straight-forward.

The well-documented pair I missed put me up against it and the next four were a bit of a blur.

I remember thinking that I had never wanted it to come down to the last pair, but I said to myself that if I put everything into it I can have no regrets, whatever happens.

Thankfully I hit them both, dropped to my knees and cried like a baby – it was absolutely amazing.

The sheer relief and the fact that I had won Olympic gold were very draining and it was mentally exhausting.

I certainly wasn’t the most experienced in the final, in fact, I was the youngest competitor by some margin, but I believe I was mentally stronger than the rest of the field.

In shooting it’s about 95 per cent mental and five per cent physical and I don’t think I was the most technically proficient, but I was able to deal with the pressure of the Olympics.

You have to treat every event as just another competition but it is different when you have 4,500 people going mad behind you and that experience was incredible.

Shooting is a big sport in China and the States but we normally have a few hundred watching at most events.

That day last year was something else.

And how can you possibly top it?

I don’t think anything ever will and I hope it doesn’t. It was the most amazing day of my life and in a sporting sense I can’t see anything topping it.

Winning gold at London 2012 has changed my life and I’ve embraced it and made the most of the unique opportunities that have come my way as a result.

I fully appreciate Rio and any other Olympics I go to will be special in their own way but I will never have the chance to shoot in London again.”