Paralympics 2012: Ben Jesson targets 10m air rifle final

Ben Jesson

2012 Paralympics

Date:
Wednesday, 29 August to Sunday 9 September
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Extensive daily coverage across BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website

Ben Jesson has targeted a place in the Paralympic final just 18 months after joining the British shooting squad.

The 24-year-old, who lives in Crawley, will compete in the 10m air rifle prone discipline.

He told BBC Sussex: "With the short period of time that I've been on the squad, it is an amazing achievement [to go to the Paralympics].

"My target is to get into the final. If I get to that last eight I would be over the moon."

He added: "It would be such a big achievement.

"The excitement is overwhelming. I just want to get going."

Jesson only took up shooting six years ago while at the University of Aberdeen.

"I went down to a freshers' fair to see what sports were available and I chose a couple that I thought were suitable for me," he said.

"I continued with rifle shooting and I thought it was just another hobby to try out.

"It started with loads of competitions within universities in Scotland and Britain.

"But nothing really triggered until my final year when I applied to a talent tracking programme and it went from there.

"If you put the dedication in, anything is possible.

"You've got to have a good mental technique as well as rhythm in your breathing pattern to get everything under control."

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