Gaston Co. man wins World Knife Throwing Championship

Man celebrates 2nd World Title

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Richard Wesson picked up his first throwing knives in the early 2000s. But if you watch him throw the steel blade and precisely put it in the exact spot it was supposed to go, you'd think it was something he was born doing.

"You're going to get out of it what you put in it. I've spent a lot of hours in the backyard throwing. I'm retired and this is what I do," Richard said.

Richard started competing in 2006 and almost right away started making a name for himself in the knife-throwing community.

"When I won the World Championship back in 2008, I won it with a 236," Richard said of his best score - out of 300 possible points.

Most recently, Richard brought home his second world champ title with a score of 274 points in the Eurothrow World Championships Knife competition. He spent several weeks touring Europe after taking home the title in a small town outside of Nottingham, England.

Richard throws with a mind-boggling precision. Not only can he hit bulls-eyes from more than 30 feet away from his target, but he can hit them right in the center. One of his most famed skills isn't one he competes for.

Richard throws knives at a blazing fast speed at a target board his wife is standing in front of.

"I'm not going to say I'm not afraid. I mean, he's a big guy and he's throwing 12 inches of steel at me, but I trust him," Richard's wife Cathy said.

She stands stoic and still in front of a large red target board and doesn't even flinch as he throws knife after knife just inches from her body.

"You don't want to flinch, because as long as I stay perfectly still and he knows where I am then I'm fine," Cathy said.

Richard says the first time he threw the knives near his wife, he didn't stop shaking for 45 minutes after the fact.

But when you see just how accurate Richard is with each throw you get the picture, his wife probably doesn't have much to worry about.

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