Rio 2016: World-record holder Tim Kneale to fulfil childhood dream

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Kneale is set to make his Olympics debut

Isle of Man world record holder Tim Kneale will complete a childhood dream on Wednesday by competing on the Olympic stage for the first time.

The 33-year-old will represent Great Britain in the men's Double Trap competition along with fellow British competitor Steven Scott.

Kneale broke the world record when he scored 148 out of 150 at the 2014 ISSF World Cup meet in Munich.

The Manx shooter said he is targeting a "lifetime's best achievement" in Rio.

Both Kneale and Scott are recent World Championship medallists in the event in which the now retired Peter Wilson won Britain's last Olympic shooting gold in 2012.

The shooter from Ballaugh said it would be "amazing to pick up a medal for Great Britain and the Isle of Man".

Kneale, who lives in Somerset, has been driving for up to eight hours a day to see his coach in the build up the event and working with a sports psychologist to "give him the edge".

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He said: "I am well used to spending hours in the car to see my coach in Hertfordshire on top of working a full-time job.

"I am fully committed and dedicated to reaching my goal of an Olympic medal.

"Working with a psychologist has been great. Once you got on the competition stage the technique should be in place and the rest is 90% mental. I hope that will give me the edge."

Kneale's parents will be taking a break from the family farm in the Isle of Man to watch their son in Brazil.

Shirley Kneale said: "We are so proud of him. I feel as if I'm going to burst. We are going to Rio to see him fulfil his dream.

"When he is home he still helps us out on the farm, he is a great lad.

"In his yearbook he wrote that he would be an Olympian and he has made it happen."

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Kneale has been working with a sports psychologist to "give him the edge" in Rio

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