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Gault aims for Olympics swansong

PUBLISHED: 08:53 17 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:06 07 July 2010

Mick Gault with some of his many Commonwealth medals.

Mick Gault with some of his many Commonwealth medals.

Super shooter Mick Gault has revealed he is hoping to end his international career with a bang at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The 54-year-old, who has won more Commonwealth Games medals than any other English sportsman, has never managed to qualify for the Olympics.

Super shooter Mick Gault has revealed he is hoping to end his international career with a bang at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The 54-year-old, who has won more Commonwealth Games medals than any other English sportsman, has never managed to qualify for the Olympics.

And if the pistol-shooter fails to make the Games again, next year's Commonwealth Games in India will be his swan song instead - although the civil servant will not know it at the time.

Gault, from Toftwood, has already qualified to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in New Dehli next year for the fifth time in his career, but Great Britain will not confirm their squad for the London 2012 Games until much nearer the event.

Speaking after winning gold and bronze medals at a recent Inter-shoot competition in Holland, Gault, who works at RAF Marham, says he still harbours an Olympic dream as he enter the twilight of his hugely successful career.

“I was pleased with the results in Holland and it was a good start to the year,” said Gault who helped the England squad to two team gold medals and a team silver medal.

“I feel that the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the possibility of my first Olympic Games in London in 2012 will be my last. You have to call it a day sometime,” he said.

Gault next travels to Germany when he will be competing against several of the world's top shooters and is busy in training at his home-made shooting range at the bottom of his garden although he is currently nursing a shoulder injury.

Gault has enjoyed a glittering shooting career and has a haul of 15 medals from Commonwealth Games, comprising nine golds, three silvers and three bronze medals.

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