Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Shooting stars set sights on Rio gold
Australia’s shooting stars will be looking to get back on target in Rio after missing out on an Olympic medal for the first time in four Games at London 2012. The Aussie team is set to feature a mixture of youth and experience with multiple Games participants, Olympic medallists and junior world record holders all in the mix for the 2016 Games.
Men to watch: After only taking up the discipline in late 2014, double-trap shooter James Willett is on target for a successful campaign in Rio. Having been selected to his first Olympic Team in April, the 20-year-old claimed his first World Cup gold medal at the Rio test event soon after and continues to prove he will be in medal contention come August. 50m Rifle Prone specialist Warren Potent will also be well in contention when the medals are decided as he looks to compete at his fifth straight Games in Rio. The 2014 world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist will be confident of another Olympic podium having won bronze in Beijing.
Women to watch: One of the nation’s most experienced shooters Lalita Yauhleuskaya will compete at her sixth Olympic Games (fourth for Australia after two for Belarus). The pistol shooter won bronze for Belarus at the 2000 Sydney Games and has also won seven Commonwealth Games gold medals for Australia. Fellow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Laetisha Scanlan and Catherine Skinner qualified Australia's two trap quotas and will be in the hunt for a medal in Rio after they both recently made the six-woman final at the Rio test event.
At just 16, Aislin Jones will make her Olympic debut in Rio and become Australia's youngest ever shooter at an Olympic Games.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia has qualified a total of 18 quotas for Rio 2016. Will Potent secured Australia's first quota by becoming World Champion in 2014 while Catherine Skinner's World Championships bronze also secured a quota for Australia. Michael Diamond and Laetisha Scanlan then added quotas via World Cup podiums in early 2015. The Aussies went on to claim 14 of the available 15 quota places at the 2015 Oceania Championships to ensure a team of 18 would shoot for gold in Rio.
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Nomination to the AOC
In events where Australia has been allocated one quota place, Shooting Australia (SA) will nominate the athlete who wins any Selection Event (as set out in the Nomination Criteria) with a score in the qualification round of that competition that meets or exceeds the required Benchmark Score.
If more than one athlete satisfies this requirement, SA will nominate the athlete that it determines in its sole and absolute discretion will have the best possible chance of winning a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. In making this decision, SA will consider a series of performance and participation requirements.
If no athlete satisfies the requirement in the Selection Event, SA will nominate the athlete that it determines in its sole and absolute discretion will have the best possible chance of winning a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and/or where the selection of an athlete will enhance their long-term development towards success at the 2020 Olympic Games. In making this decision, SA will consider a series of performance and participation requirements, as well as the development and potential to achieve a medal result at the 2020 Olympic Games.
In events where Australia has been allocated two quota places, SA will nominate the athlete(s) that win the first and Second Selection Events (if not already nominated) with a score in the qualification round of that competition that meets or exceeds the Benchmark Score for that event. If no athlete satisfies these requirements, SA will nominate the athlete that it determines in its sole and absolute discretion will have the best possible chance of winning a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and/or where the selection of an athlete will enhance their long-term development towards success at the 2020 Olympic Games. In making this decision, SA will consider a series of performance and participation requirements, as well as the development and potential to achieve a medal result at the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Selection by the AOC
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Appeals Tribunal Chair
The Honourable Judge Stephen McEwan QC
Competition Format & Events
Olympic shooting consists of 15 events (9 men and 6 women) across the three disciplines of rifle, pistol and shotgun.
These events are:
Shotgun - Trap, Double Trap (men only), Skeet
Rifle – 50m three positions, 50m prone (men only), 10m air rifle
Pistol – 50m pistol (men only), 25m (women only), 25m rapid air pistol (men only), 10m air pistol
The rifle and pistol events are held on shooting ranges, with competitors aiming at targets from distances of 10 metres, 25 metres and 50 metres and may be in standing, kneeling or prone positions. In the shotgun events, competitors shoot at clay targets propelled in a series of different directions.
In the five pistol events and the five rifle events, shooters take part in two rounds, the qualification and the final. The tope 8 athletes after the qualification go into the finals round. All shooters go into the final competition even with no carry over score. Each event has slightly different ways of conducting the finals competitions, but they all have a systematic way of eliminating the lowest scoring shooters until the last two standing are shooting for the gold medal.
The five shotgun events feature a qualification and a final stage. The six highest ranking athletes will advance to the finals. The finals are split into a semi-final and two medal matches with scores returning to zero at the start of each. After the semi-final the first and second placed athletes advance to shoot off for gold and silver with the third and fourth placed athletes shooting off for bronze.
In the trap finals an athlete is also only allowed to load and shoot one cartridge as opposed to being allowed to load and shoot two cartridges in the qualification rounds.
Australia and Olympic Shooting
It was thought that Donald MacKintosh won the first Australian gold medal in shooting at Paris 1900. However after many years of deliberation the IOC ruled that the event that he won was actually not part of the Olympic Games. That means that 52-year-old Patti Dench won Australia’s first shooting medal when she became the oldest medallist at the Los Angeles Games by winning bronze in the inaugural women’s sport pistol event.
At Atlanta 1996 Australia’s golden shooting age began. Michael Diamond won the trap and Russell Mark won the double trap. At the Sydney Olympic Games, Diamond became a dual Olympic Champion in the trap. Mark finished second in the double trap after a shoot-off with the eventual winner. At Athens 2004, Suzy Balogh became the first Australian woman to win a gold medal in Olympic shooting when she won the women’s trap event.
Between 1996 and 2008 Australia collected bronze medals at every Olympics. In Atlanta 1996 Deserie Huddleston won a bronze medal in the women’s double trap. Annemarie Forder finished third in the air pistol at Sydney 2000. Adam Vella won a bronze medal in the men’s trap at Athens 2004. In 2008, Warren Potent claimed Australia’s only shooting medal, a bronze in the 50 metres small-bore rifle (prone position). His medal was the first by an Australian in any Olympic rifle-shooting event.
Michael Diamond and Russell Mark returned for their sixth Olympic Games at London 2012 while David and Hayley Chapman became the first father-daughter combination to compete in any sport at the same Olympic Games for Australia.
Australia's Olympic athletics medal tally is: 10 (4 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze)
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Did you know
- In the Trap discipline athletes shoot at one clay target that is launched from the machine or ‘house.’ In Double Trap two targets are launched from two separate houses simultaneously with the shooter having one shot at each target.
- Women first began competing in shooting in 1968 when each of the disciplines became mixed events. This remained up until 1980 (1992 for shotgun events) with two women winning medals in mixed competition. Margaret Murdock won silver in Rifle 3 positions at the 1976 Montreal Games while Zhang Shan of China won gold in the skeet at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
9 (Days 1-9)
- Medal Events
15 (15 gold, 15 silver, 15 bronze)
- Total Athletes
390 (approx. 231 men & 159 women)
- AUS Athletes
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Some of our Rio medallists ventured to Rio's most iconic site - Christ the Redeemer - to see what all the fuss was about and witness the Olympic city from a new perspective.
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Skinner calls home after gold medal win 8 August 2016
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