Tokyo Olympics: Shooting

  • 01/01/2021

Another staple of the Modern Olympics, shooting has been contested at every Games, except St Louis 1904 and Amsterdam 1928, with women first appearing at Los Angeles 1984.

Shooting takes place across three disciplines - rifle, pistol and shotgun - three positions - kneeling, prone and standing - and a variety of distance.

Fifteen gold medals will be up for grabs at Tokyo.

Historically, the United States have won almost twice as many medals (110) as nearest rivals China (56) and are even more dominant in the gold-medal count (54).

But Italy emerged as the leading nation at Rio 2016, with four gold medals and seven overall, and Niccolo Campriani winning two rifle titles.

New Zealand has two Olympics shooting medals, with Natalie Rooney capturing women's trap silver at Rio and Ian Ballinger taking prone rifle bronze at Mexico City 1968.

Rooney will have a chance to improve on her placing at Tokyo.

NZ Team

Natalie Rooney - women's trap

Chloe Tipple - women's skeet