The event was held at Castillo de Robledo from the 11th to the 14th July 2013. Organised by the Spanish Shooting Federation, it attracted an entry of over 960 competitors from 33 nations.
The event started and finished in searing heat, topping 40 degrees on many occasions, on a hunting estate which covers over 1000 hectares. Eight separate layouts were designed by Italy’s Veniro Spada, one of the governing body’s main technical directors.
Starting late on Thursday, George opened with a 50/50 to lead the championship, a position he would hold for the next two days after rounds of 48/50 and 49/50 respectively.
Going into the final day of the competition, things were very tight at the top of the leaderboard, with George on 147/150, top French shooters Bastien Havart and Charles Bardou tight on his heels on 146 and 145 respectively, and Brad Kidd from the USA also on 145. With 15 or more scores of over 140, Sunday would be an interesting day.
George, Bastien and Charles were all out early on Sunday morning, with George taking a step towards the title by starting with a 25/25. But a 22/25 on his final, and hardest layout, left the door ajar for the others. The French shooters couldn’t quite manage it, finishing on 192/200 and 191/200, so attention turned to Kidd who needed 50/50 to win and a 49/50 to force a shoot off.
Shooting in the afternoon heat, Kidd came close with a 48/50, taking the silver medal and leaving George with his 21st world title.
In winning, Digweed becomes the oldest ever winner at 49 and completes an unprecedented grand slam with him holding the World and European Championships in not only Sporting but also Compak, which it is hoped will feature at some stage as an Olympic sport.
In the other categories Jack Lovick (GB) won the Juniors, Ashley Hafley (USA) the ladies, and John Bidwell (GB) the super veterans.
Speaking afterwards, George said that he was happy how he had performed in the heat, and was looking forward to attempting his defence in Portugal next year.