Everything you need to know about Olympic Shooting at Tokyo 2020 

Chloe Tipple of New Zealand competes in the qualifying match for the Women's Skeet event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Chloe Tipple of New Zealand competes in the qualifying match for the Women's Skeet event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Want to know when and where the Olympic shooting events will take place at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021? The main athletes to watch? And the history of sport shooting at the Olympics? All that and more here.

There are 33 sports being contested at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021, and the first medal of the whole event will be won in shooting. That'll be on day one of the Games, 24 July 2021, in the women’s 10m air rifle.

But who are the ones to watch? When will the rifle, pistol and shotgun competitions take place? Where will they be held? And what are the new mixed-gender team events making a debut in Japan?

Here is our guide to everything you need to know about Olympic Shooting, where you can also find out some key facts and watch highlights from previous Games.

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Top Olympic shooters at Tokyo 2020

With 300 competitors taking part at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic competition in 2021, there will be plenty of shooting stars to watch in the 15 events.

Pistol shooter JIN Jong-oh of Republic of Korea, the only four-time individual Olympic champ, is already the most successful individual shooter in the Games, and will be favourite to make it five gold medals in his fourth straight Olympics. Meanwhile, German sharpshooter Christian Reitz will be aiming to defend his Olympic title in the rapid fire event.

Olena Kostevych is an air pistol women’s world number one, who has won almost everything on offer, including Olympic gold at Athens 2004. Back in action after giving birth, the Ukrainian could compete in three events in Tokyo, including the mixed team competition. But she could face stiff competition from Manu Bhaker. The Indian won gold at the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG). She has also excelled in the mixed team events, winning all four titles on offer in the ISSF World Cup series in 2019 with partner Saurabh Chaudhary.

History will also be made by Nino Salukvadze, who will be competing in her ninth Olympics in Tokyo.

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In women's rifle events, there are likely to be several new names on the Olympic podium. World champs Seonaid McIntosh from Great Britain and PEI Ruijiao of People's Republic of China will be among the names to watch.

Following the retirement of Italy's three-time Olympic champion Niccolo Campriani, the stage is set for a new winner of the men's rifle three-positions. He'll be keeping a close eye on world number one Petar Gorsa of Croatia, and world champion Thomas Bartnik of Poland.

The Italian has also been helping to train several refugee athletes in their bid to qualify, as can be seen in the Olympic Channel series Taking Refuge.

On the shotgun range, the USA challenge will be headed by two-time Olympic champion Vincent Hancock, who shot a perfect skeet score in the final at London 2012, and looked back to his best at times during qualifying for Tokyo.

Many young shooters will be looking to make a mark on their Olympic debut, including Matthew Coward-Holley. The Briton is world champion in the trap, and was one of the first to be selected for Tokyo 2020 by Team GB, having secured a direct quota spot in qualification.

Olympic Shooting schedule at Tokyo 2020 Games

The shooting events will take place from 24 July to 2 August 2021.

Here is the complete schedule and all times are in Japan Standard Time (JST).

Olympic Shooting competition format at the Tokyo 2020 Games

There are 15 events in the programme for Tokyo 2020, across air rifle, air pistol and shotgun disciplines. Making a debut at the Games in 2021 are three mixed-gender team events, in addition to the six events for men, and six for women.

The rifle and pistol competitions take place indoors, with shooters taking turns to fire pellets from a set distance at a stationary target. Shotgun competitions take place outdoors and see athletes take shots at a moving clay target (sometimes known as a clay pigeon), that has been fired into the air from a trap at over 100 km/h.

During the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, each event will have a qualification phase, with the best performing athletes booking a spot in the semi-finals/finals to compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals on offer for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall respectively.

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Olympic Shooting venue at the Tokyo 2020 Games

Shooting events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021 will take place at the Asaka Shooting Range, one of the outlying venues away from the centre of Japan's capital city and around 30km from the National Stadium.

The Asaka Shooting Range also hosted shooters at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, including for the Modern Pentathlon competition. The shooting event of the Modern Pentathlon at the Games in 2021 will take place in the Olympic Stadium.

Check all the details about Asaka Shooting Range here.

By the Olympic Channel.