Olympic star falsely detained on suspicion of whale hunting
Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson has revealed he has been accused of illegal whale hunting aftertravelling to Peru.
Peter, who was coached by Gloucestershire shooting school owner Ian Coley MBE, was questioned by customs on arrival in Lima and he had to negotiate with officials for hours before they could be convinced of his true identity.
The double trap ace from Glanvilles Wootton near Sherborne has gone to Lima to coach British junior James Dedman, whose gun was seized by customs on arrival.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Peter said: "They opened the gun up and the man said 'you're illegal whale hunters, aren't you?'.
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"He insisted we were illegal whale hunters and set about reading us our rights in Peruvian."
With the help of an interpreter, it was several hours before he and Dedman were released - but the gun remains impounded.
Wilson, who has been coaching Dedman for four months, said: "My first reaction was 'you're kidding me'.
"I said 'I am the Olympic gold medallist'.
"Eventually I managed to prove who we were, but he wouldn't allow the gun out.
"Everyone has had their gun impounded, bar a handful of competitors - but they singled me out as the ringleader. This guy really believed it."
The gun was transported under Wilson's name as Dedman, 15, is too young to travel with it. The teenager, who is the only British under-21 competitor in the double trap event at the World Championships, will compete on Friday next week.
Wilson has taken a year's break from major competitions since winning the Olympic double trap at London 2012.
He added: "If anyone was going to go down for this, it was going to be me.
"I was just quite happy to leave the airport, if I'm honest. We're hopefully going to get the gun back."
Olympic shooting coach Ian Coley MBE announced his retirement from his role as double trap coach for British Shooting earlier this year.
Coley, who runs a shooting school and gun shop in Andoversford, has guided two shooters to Olympic gold. As well as Peter at London 2012, he took Richard Faulds to gold in Sydney, 2000.