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Shooting


From just five shooting events at the inaugural 1896 Olympic Games to 15 today, the sport has grown steadily alongside the advance in firearms technology.

Gun clubs

Shooting as a sport has been practised for hundreds of years in European countries, with some German shooting clubs dating back more than 500 years. The popularity of the sport grew in English-speaking countries with the formation of the National Rifle Association in 1959, which originally met in Wimbledon, London, and the National Rifle Association (USA) in 1871.

Choose your weapon

There are 15 events in the Olympic programme, divided into three different groups: rifle, pistol and shotgun. The rifle and pistol competitions are held on shooting ranges, where marksmen aim at targets at distances of 10, 25 and 50 metres. In the shotgun event, competitors shoot at clay targets propelled at a series of different directions and angles.

Heartbeats and bullseyes

Marksmen need to be as steady as possible to be accurate. In order to achieve this, they use relaxation techniques to drop their heartbeat to half its normal rate, fire between heartbeats and use blinkers to hit a bullseye, which appears as no more than a tiny dot in the distance.

Comeback king

As an example of overcoming adversity, Karoly Takacs has few peers. He was part of Hungary’s world champion pistol-shooting team in 1938, when an army grenade exploded, crippling his right hand. Ten years later, having taught himself to shoot with his left, he won two gold medals in the rapid-fire class.

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Buenos Aires 2018 - DanceSport - 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team
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Buenos Aires 2018 - DanceSport - 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team

Enkhmaa Erdenechuluun of Mongolia in action during the the Shooting 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team competition on Day 5 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at Shooting Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 11, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - DanceSport - 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team
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Buenos Aires 2018 - DanceSport - 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team

Anastasiia Dereviagina of Russian Federation in action during the the Shooting 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team competition on Day 5 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at Shooting Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 11, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Shooting - 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Shooting - 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team

Gold medalists Vanessa Seeger of Germany et Kiril Kirov Bulgarie, Silver medalists Manu Bhaker of India and Bezhan Fayzullaev of Tajikistan, and Bronze Medalists Andrea Victoria Ibarra Miranda of Mexico and Dmytro Honta of Ukraine, on the podium after the Shooting 10m Air Pistol Mixed International on Day 6 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Shooting Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 12, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Shooting - 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Shooting - 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team

Manu Bhaker of India in action during the Shooting 10m Air Pistol Mixed International on Day 6 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Shooting Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 12, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Shooting - Women's 10m Air Rifle
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Shooting - Women's 10m Air Rifle

Gold Medalist Stephanie Laura Scurrah Grundsoee of Denmark, Silver Medalist Mehuli Ghosh of India and Bronze Medalist Marija Malic of Serbia receive their medals during the Shooting - Women's 10m Air Rifle on Day 2 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at The Shooting Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 8, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Shooting - Women's 10m Air Rifle
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Shooting - Women's 10m Air Rifle

General view of the Shooting - Women's 10m Air Rifle on Day 2 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at The Shooting Range, Tecnopolis Park on October 8, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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