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London 2012: Steve Scott admits qualification pressure

Steve Scott
Scott won Commonwealth gold last year in the men's double trap pair event

Battle clay pigeon shooter Steve Scott concedes the pressure to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics is mounting.

The former world double trap champion has dropped to number two in the UK rankings, with only two quota slots currently available in his discipline.

"There's been a lot of pressure on me. I've been a little bit hot-headed from time to time," Scott told BBC Sussex.

"My international performances haven't been the best. It can fluctuate so much on a little blip and it's been tough."

He added: "Peter Wilson, who is ahead of me in the rankings, is absolutely on fire."

However Scott, who has also lifted the European title, is remaining positive about representing Team GB at the Games.

"In the UK I've been superb - setting a new British record, shooting 50-47-50, which was amazing," he continued.

"I would have liked to have gone a little bit better in international competition, but you can't always get what you want.

"I'm still going strong and fighting for it. I'm feeling positive."

Scott will head to the Middle East for warm-weather training in January, a trip he is relishing.

He said: "The break [over winter] makes you that little bit more hungry for it, which I find works for me. After that, we'll see which competitions lie ahead.

"I'm optimistic at this moment in time, and everything's to play for next year."

Steve Scott is BBC Sussex's featured athlete as part of 'Olympic Dreams' in the build-up to London 2012.

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see also
Olympic Dreams: Steve Scott
15 Aug 11 |  Olympics
Wilson earns Olympic quota place
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