Shooting at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Shooting competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were held from August 9 to August 17, at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall (rifle and pistol events) and Beijing Shooting Range Clay Target Field (shotgun events). Of the fifteen events, the host country won five.
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing Shooting Range Hall (rifle & pistol)|
Beijing Shooting Range Clay
Target Field (shotgun)
|Competitors||390 from 103 nations|
- Two rifle shooters, Czech Kateřina Kůrková and American Matthew Emmons, who met at the 2004 Olympics, married in 2007 and returned to the 2008 Games to win a gold and two silver medals between them.
- Abhinav Bindra won India's first ever individual Olympic gold.
- Russian Natalia Paderina and Georgian Nino Salukvadze, whose countries were at war, won silver and bronze respectively in the 10m Air Pistol. They shared a kiss on the podium and begged their governments to end the war.
- The eighth appearance at the Olympics for Latvian Afanasijs Kuzmins
- The seventh Olympic appearance for Slovenian Rajmond Debevec (who won bronze), making him only the fifth shooter to have ever competed in at least seven Olympic Games.
- The sixth Olympic appearance for eight shooters, raising to 22 the number of shooters who have competed in at least six Olympic Games:
- Canadian Dr Susan Nattrass
- Finn Juha Hirvi,
- Italian Andrea Benelli
- German Ralf Schumann, who won his fifth Olympic medal.
- Bulgarian Tanyu Kiryakov
- Monegasque Fabienne Diato-Pasetti,
- Serbian Jasna Šekarić (competing under her fourth flag at the Olympics without ever having changed nationality),
- Georgian Nino Salukvadze. She won bronze, completing the set twenty years after she won gold and silver at the 1988 Olympics.
- The fifth Olympic appearance for 16 shooters, raising to 80 the number of shooters who have competed in at least five Olympic Games: Mönkhbayar Dorjsurengiin, Svetlana Demina, María del Pilar Fernández, Mariya Grozdeva, Michael Diamond, Franck Dumoulin, Thomas Farnik, Andrei Inešin, Harald Jensen, Kanstantsin Lukashyk, Russell Mark, Sergey Martynov, Giovanni Pellielo, Stevan Pletikošić, Iulian Raicea, Axel Wegner.
The sport also faced its first major doping case, when Kim Jong-su of North Korea was stripped of his medals in 50 metre pistol and 10 metre air pistol after testing positive for propranolol, a beta blocker that some performers use to reduce stage fright and some surgeons use to reduce hand tremors during operations.
15 sets of medals were awarded in the following events:
|Rifle||50 metre rifle prone||✔|
|50 metre rifle three positions||✔||✔|
|10 metre air rifle||✔||✔|
|Pistol||50 metre pistol||✔|
|25 metre pistol||✔|
|25 metre rapid fire pistol||✔|
|10 metre air pistol||✔||✔|
A NOC may enter up to two athletes in all events except women's trap and skeet events where it can enter only one athlete. Only athletes who achieve the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) can participate at the Olympics. One athlete can achieve only one quota place for his/her NOC in any event. If a quota place is won in a qualification event by a shooter who has already won a quota place in any event, the quota place will be granted to the NOC of the next ranking shooter.
Quota places are as follows:
|Event||2006 Worlds||Shotgun WCH||World Cups||2007 Continental championships||Host Nation||TOTAL|
|50m Rifle Prone Men||4||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||-||25|
|50m Rifle 3 Positions Men||4||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||1||26|
|10m Air Rifle Men||5||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||-||26|
|50m Pistol Men||4||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||-||25|
|25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men||2||-||-||-||4||4||2||1||1||1||1||1||17|
|10m Air Pistol Men||5||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||1||27|
|Double Trap Men||2||1||1||-||4||4||1||1||1||1||1||-||17|
|50m Rifle 3 Positions Women||4||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||-||25|
|10m Air Rifle Women||5||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||1||27|
|25m Pistol Women||4||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||1||26|
|10m Air Pistol Women||5||-||-||4||4||4||3||2||2||1||1||-||26|
*Note - there will also be 10 invitation and 14 universality quota places
Saturday, August 9, 2008Edit
Sunday, August 10, 2008Edit
Monday, August 11, 2008Edit
Tuesday, August 12, 2008Edit
Wednesday, August 13, 2008Edit
Thursday, August 14, 2008Edit
Friday, August 15, 2008Edit
Saturday, August 16, 2008Edit
Sunday, August 17, 2008Edit
|2||United States (USA)||2||2||2||6|
|3||Czech Republic (CZE)||2||1||0||3|
|6||South Korea (KOR)||1||1||0||2|
|Totals (19 nations)||15||15||15||45|
|rapid fire pistol
|rifle three positions
Kim Jong-su of North Korea originally won the silver medal in the 50 metre pistol and bronze in the 10 metre air pistol, but was disqualified after he tested positive for propranolol.
|rifle three positions
|Eglis Yaima Cruz|
|World records equalled|
|August 9, 2008||Women's 10 m air rifle||Qual.||400||Kateřina Emmons (CZE)||400 by Seo Sun-hwa (2002), equalled 12 times|
|Olympic records broken|
|August 9, 2008||Women's 10 m air rifle||Qual.||400||Kateřina Emmons (CZE)||399 by Lioubov Galkina (2004)|
|August 9, 2008||Women's 10 m air rifle||Final||503.5||Kateřina Emmons (CZE)||502.0 by Du Li (2004)|
|August 10, 2008||Women's 10 m air pistol||Qual.||391||Natalia Paderina (RUS)||390 by Marina Logvinenko (1996) and Tao Luna (2004)|
|August 10, 2008||Women's 10 m air pistol||Final||492.3||Guo Wenjun (CHN)||490.1 by Olga Klochneva (1996)|
|August 12, 2008||Men's double trap||Qual.||145||Walton Eller (USA)||144 by Ahmed Al Maktoum (2004)|
|August 12, 2008||Men's double trap||Final||190||Walton Eller (USA)||189 by Russell Mark (1996) and Ahmed Al Maktoum (2004)|
|August 14, 2008||Women's 50 m rifle 3 pos||Final||690.3||Du Li (CHN)||688.4 by Lioubov Galkina (2004)|
|Olympic records equalled|
|August 13, 2008||Women's 25 m pistol||Qual.||590||Otryadyn Gündegmaa (MGL)||590 by Tao Luna (2000)|
|August 14, 2008||Women's 50 m rifle 3 pos||Qual.||589||Du Li (CHN)||589 by Renata Mauer (1996)|
|Olympic records established after rule changes|
|August 10, 2008||Men's trap||Final||146||David Kostelecký (CZE)|
|August 11, 2008||Women's trap||Final||91||Satu Mäkelä-Nummela (FIN)|
|August 13, 2008||Women's 25 m pistol||Final||793.4||Chen Ying (CHN)|
|August 14, 2008||Women's skeet||Qual.||72||Chiara Cainero (ITA)|
|August 14, 2008||Women's skeet||Final||93|| Chiara Cainero (ITA)
Kim Rhode (USA)
Christine Brinker (GER)
|August 16, 2008||Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol||Qual.||583||Keith Sanderson (USA)|
|August 16, 2008||Men's 25 m rapid fire pistol||Final||780.2||Oleksandr Petriv (UKR)|
|August 16, 2008||Men's skeet||Qual.||121||Vincent Hancock (USA)|
|August 16, 2008||Men's skeet||Final||145|| Vincent Hancock (USA)
Tore Brovold (NOR)
- "Olympic shooters hug as their countries do battle", CNN, August 10, 2008
- "Scientificamerican.com". Archived from the original on 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2010-02-28.