Two-time Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond has
decided to scale back his training in the build-up to the London Games - to
about one session a month.
Diamond confident of more gold
23 March 2011
One of only two men in history to win
consecutive Olympic trap shooting gold medals, Diamond will compete
alongside more than 760 shooters in the world cup starting in Sydney on
It is a key event, with places at the 2012 London Olympics up for grabs.
While most professional athletes spend
hours each day perfecting their chosen craft, Diamond finds competition is the
only true way to improve.
"I actually did escalate my training back in
2009 to probably shooting three-to-four times a month," Diamond told AAP.
"But I've actually decreased that since mid-2010 and I've found that the
scores have gone through the roof by only training once to maybe twice a month.
"In our sport timing is everything. The only time to perfect your timing
is under extreme conditions such as this world title event.
nothing I can do in training that's going to make me better, it's all about the
Diamond's training sessions will usually be in 15-minute
bursts for up to an hour, although he is in the gym from Monday to Friday
working on his fitness.
The 38-year-old won gold at the 1996 Atlanta and
2000 Sydney Olympics, before finishing eighth in 2004 and losing a
bronze medal playoff in Beijing in 2008.
Australia need to get two
shooters onto the podium this week in order to secure two quota places for
London, with 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Adam Vella to compete
Olympic gold medallists Russell Mark
(men's double trap) and Suzy Balogh (women's trap) will also compete.
The World Cup is being held at the Sydney 2000 venue, which evokes
plenty of fond memories for Diamond.
"It's always great to compete
there," he said.
"They've still got all the paintings of the Sydney Olympic symbols up so it always brings back great memories.
probably haven't felt this excited since 2000." Currently ranked No.6 in
the men's trap, Diamond is targeting more Olympic gold next year.
"I'm really looking forward to London, I feel that something good can
happen in London," he said.
"I've performed very well at this level of
competition and I just hope it'll all phase into 2012 and I'm sure it will.
"In our sport it's pretty funny, it's just a matter of timing everything
correctly and how you feel on the day.
"So I'll be training myself to
give it my all on that day.
"I've got a few more grey hairs since 2000,
that's about the only thing, but the eyesight and the reflexes are fantastic at
the moment." James Dampney