The Tokyo Olympic includes 33 sports. Shooting is one of the original sports included in the first modern Games. The shooting was one of nine sports on the program at the 1896 Games, the first modern Olympic.
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Here are some key facts about shooting at the Olympic.
Women’s shooting was first included in 1984 in the Olympic Games. Competition is broken down into rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines. In the rifle and pistol competitions, athletes shoot stationary targets, while moving targets are used in shotgun events.
There are six men’s and six women’s events, plus three mixed-gender team events, each featuring a qualification round and a final round in the Summer Games. Each of the disciplines comes with its own set of demands. In air rifle, competitors fire 60 shots from a standing position towards a still target in the qualifying round and as many as 24 shots in the final.
In the 50-meter rifle 3, however, shooters must assume three discrete positions: prone, standing and kneeling. In trap and skeet shooting, contestants take aim at a total of 125 clays over the course of five rounds. Shooters are judged by their accurateness, with a steady hand and cool demeanor under extreme pressure both prized qualities in the Olympic 2020.
The United States leads the medal count in shooting by an important margin, having taken home 110. Despite that strong history of shooting, however, the U.S. men were shut out at the 2016 Rio Games, failing to make the podium in any discipline. American women won gold and two bronze in Brazil.
At the Rio Games, Xuan Vinh Hoang won Vietnam’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in any sport after beating the competition in the men’s 10-meter air pistol. International Olympic Committee, Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, ISSF.