The 23-year-old shooter was the first Israeli to secure his place at the Olympics after finishing second in the 10- meter air rifle World Cup event in Changwon, South Korea in April of last year.

He has showed plenty of promise since, finishing in sixth place in the 10m air rifle competition at this year’s European Championships while ending the World Cup event at the Olympic venue at the Royal Artillery Barracks in second.

Richter also shares the junior world record in the 10m air rifle, recording a result of 599 out of 600.

Shooting rarely makes headlines, but Richter’s exploits attracted interest earlier this year when he decided to raise money from the public to help fund his Olympic dream and fully focus on his sport ahead of London.

He targeted a sum of NIS 50,000, but has so far raised 54,000 via the web.

Richter is very young by shooting standards, but he will be getting advice from the best possible source in London, with his coach Guy Starik one of only two Israelis to compete in four Olympics.

Despite being a world record holder and former European Champion, Starik failed to translate his talent to Olympic success.

Perhaps the student will surpass the master.

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