It took Mike Wixey 16 years to follow up his first Commonwealth medal for Wales with his second, but he may well claim his third months before his teammates have even packed their bags for Birmingham.
Wixey was a gold medal winner at the Gold Coast in 2018, a memorable upgrade on the bronze he picked up in Manchester back in 2002.
But while the rest of Team Wales have recently just passed the 500-day countdown to Birmingham 2022, the trap shooting Commonwealth champion is down to less than 280.
Both the shooting an archery events will take place in January of next year – six months ahead of the rest of the Games - and not up the M5 in the West Midlands, either.
Instead, Wixey – a 49-year-old engineer from Abergavenny – must defend his crown in Chandigarh in India.
The shift in dates and location is the result of a strange compromise reached last year after organisers of the Birmingham event initially decided they were going to drop both sports from their programme.
Their argument was that funding a refurbishment of the proposed shooting location at Bisley in Surrey did not make financial sense for Birmingham council tax payers.
That provoked outrage from some nations, particularly India, who threatened to boycott the Games until the break-out plan was hatched.
Wixey – whose partner Sarah also won bronze at the Gold Coast in the women’s trap – admits the initial news that shooting had been dropped, left him bewildered.
“It was not great news for me personally, but it wasn’t great news for the sport, either – certainly not for those who aspire to compete at a Commonwealth Games,” he says.
“I have been to five Commonwealth Games and I enjoyed every one of them.
“I won a bronze medal back in 2002, in the pairs, and I thought, ‘this is great. Now, I’ll go on to win some more.’ But, clearly, it just didn’t happen that way.
“The last one, when I won the gold medal, I had prepared very, very well for and felt on top of the world.
“To then hear that my chance to compete in Birmingham had disappeared was really, really disappointing, especially as it is almost a home games so close to Wales.
“I recognised some of the reasons that were given, in terms of the finances, but I think it’s a really backward step for the sport, for sure.
“Shooting has been in the Commonwealth Games for quite some time and the organisations normally do it very well. Wales managed to get five medals in shooting last time around, which was our best haul ever.”