Shooting sport is about to debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

XXXI Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA

The 10m Air Rifle Women will deliver the first Gold medal of the Olympics on August 6th. 390 athletes from 97 National Olympic Committees will compete in the 15 events of the Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun disciplines.

The wait is over. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will officially open tomorrow, when the opening ceremony will take place at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro (BRA).


On August 6th, then, the Shooting sport will award the first Gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, following a tradition that was also respected at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. At 10:30 AM (UTC-3), in fact, the Olympic Shooting Centre, located inside the Deodoro Park, will host the final of the 10m Air Rifle Women event, followed at 3:30 PM by the 10m Air Pistol Men final.


Here’s a detailed schedule of the 15 final matches:


Saturday, August 6th

10m Air Rifle Women at 10:30 AM

10m Air Pistol Men at 3:30 PM


Sunday, August 7th

10m Air Pistol Women at 11:00 AM

Trap Women at 3:00 PM


Monday, August 8th

10m Air Rifle Men at 12:00 PM

Trap Men at 3:00 PM


Tuesday, August 9th

25m Pistol Women at 3:30 PM


Wednesday, August 10th

50m Pistol Men at 12:00 PM

Double Trap Men at 3:00 PM


Thursday, August 11th

50m Rifle 3 Positions Women at 12:00 PM


Friday, August 12th

50m Rifle Prone Men at 11:00 AM

Skeet Women at 3:00 PM


Saturday, August 13th

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men at 12:30 PM

Skeet Men at 3:00 PM


Sunday, August 14th

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men at 1:00 PM


390 athletes will compete in the 15 Olympic Shooting events, 239 men and 151 women, representing 97 National Olympic Committees and piling up total 555 starts thanks to 165 double starts.


The youngest among the 390 participants will be Aislin Jones of Australia, who will compete in the Skeet Women event at 16 years old, while the oldest one will be Paraguay’s 56-year-old Bernardo Reichardt, competing in the Double Trap Men.

Marco Vettoretti