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Last Updated: Monday, 18 October, 2004, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Paralympics - shooting
SHOOTING IN ATHENS
Events: Men's, women's and mixed pistol and rifle
Schedule: 18-23 Sept 2004
Athletes: 140
Team GB: 3
GB medals in Athens:
1 (gold)
Shooting is more than just pointing a gun at a target and pulling the trigger, it requires strong mental conditioning and technical perfection.

The sport made its Paralympic debut at the 1980 Games in Arnhem.

The Athens programme included air guns and firearms events from shooting distances of 10, 25 and 50 metres.

The men's, women's or mixed contests, are divided into just two disability categories - those who need a shooting stand and those who do not.

Background

A popular sport worldwide, shooting has been part of the Olympic competition schedule since the Games were revived in 1896.

But the discipline was not introduced to the Paralympics until 20 years after the first official event in 1960.

Events

There are 12 shooting events divided into men's, women's and mixed contests.

There are three events each for men and women - rifle, air rifle and air pistol - and are for disabled athletes who do not require a shooting stand (SH1).

There are six mixed competitions, including free pistol, sport pistol, as well as two air rifle events for athletes who need a shooting stand.

Beginners' guide

Each competition consists of a qualification and a final round.

Each athlete's final round score is added to their qualification round, helping to decide the winner with the most points.

Competitors win points according to the value of their shots. The target is made up of 10 concentric scoring rings with a score grade of 1 (outside) to 10 (centre).

British results

Britain's three-strong shooting team produced one gold in Athens

Isabel Newstead picked up her ninth Paralympic gold from seven Games after successfully retaining her women's SH1 air pistol title.




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