Rio 2016 Olympics: Know your sport — Shooting

Rio 2016 Olympics: Know your sport — Shooting

Shooting is one the oldest sports in the Olympics and is one of India's biggest medal hope at Rio 2016 Olympics.

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India have a strong presence in shooting at Rio 2016 Olympics with good chances of getting a medal. (Express File Photo)

The 28th edition of the modern Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janereio from August 5 to 21. Since it first began in Athens in 1896, the Games have seen exponential growth with rise in the number of participating nations and number of athletes. The Games are being hosted in a South American city for the first time. The 2016 Games will see players competing in 41 disciplines from 28 sports. A total of 306 medals are on stake and more than 10, 500 players are participating. The sports at the Games vary from water to track and field and filed events. Each game has a different set of rules and different ways to win a medal. We bring to you a breakdown of each sport.

Sports basics: Shooting takes intense concentration and is a supreme test of accuracy for those involved. To make it all the more murkier, it’s an individual centric sport and one’s hopes of winning a medal or not hinge on minutes. That’s basically years of hardwork being decided in bare minutes!

History: Men’s shooting was one of the nine events at the very first Olympics in Athens in 1896. History dictates that live pigeons were used in shooting in 1900 in the Paris Olympics and was replaced with clay targets from then on. The sport has evolved from just two events – pistol and rapid fire pistol to the current seven events. Rio 2016 Olympics will have fifteen events – nine men’s and six women’s events.

Scoring format: Shooting events will see variety of firearm classes and positions with competitors shooting at stationery or moving objects to score points based on accuracy. The closer they are to the centre of the target – termed ‘bulls eye’ – the more points they would accrue. Some events also include knockouts in the final after every few shots.


Categories: Shooting will be based on three firearm types at Rio 2016 Olympics – Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun. The specific categories for rifle are: men’s 10m, men’s 50m, men’s 50m 3 positions, women’s 10m and women’s 50m 3 positions; for pistol: men’s 10m, men’s 25m rapid fire, men’s 50m, women’s 10m, women’s 25m; for shotgun: men’s trap, men’s double trap, men’s skeet, women’s trap and women’s skeet.

Indian contender(s): India boast of a strong contingent in Shooting at Rio 2016 Olympics. Abhinav Bindra (10m air rifle), Kynan Chenai (trap), Mairaj Ahmad Khan (skeet), Prakash Nanjappa (50m pistol), Gagang Narang (10m air rifle, 50m rifle prone, 50m rifle 3 positions), Jitu Rai (10m air pistol, 50m pistol), Chain Singh (50m rifle prone, 50m rifle 3 positions), Gurpreet Singh (10m air pistol, 25m rapid fire pistol) and Manavjit Singh Sandhu make up the men’s side of the contingent. On the women’s side, Apurvi Chandela and Ayonki Paul will compete in the 10m air rifle event while Heena Sidhu will participate in the 10m air pistol and 25m pistol.