Rio 2016 preview: 50m Rifle Prone Men and Skeet Women

XXXI Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Two more Olympic Gold medals will be delivered tomorrow at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, as USA’s Kimberly Rhode will try to write her own page in the history books, and some experienced shooters will battle for the men’s 50m Rifle Prone Olympic title.

The Gold medals number 11 and 12 will be delivered tomorrow at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Deodoro, where the 50m Rifle Prone Men event and the Skeet Women event will crown their 2016 Olympic Champions.


In the 50m Rifle Prone Men event, a balanced pack of veteran shooters will enter the firing range with the ambition of winning an Olympic medal. Among them the current leader of the World Ranking Torben Grimmel (40) of Denmark, who secured 4 medals out of 5 finals participation in the last four years, claiming 3 Golds in this event during the 2016 ISSF World Cup Series.


USA’s Michael McPhail (34) and Australia’s Warren Potent (54) are also valuable contender for a spot on the podium: McPhail won 3 Golds out of 8 finals participation and he’s currently 8th in the World Ranking; Potent, instead, is ranked 3rd and placed twice on the World Cup podium during the 2016 season.


Both Grimmel and Potent will take part in their fifth Olympics, while McPhail is going to be an Olympian for the second time.


Moreover, the ISSF Shooter of the Year in 2013 Henri Junghaenel (28) will take part in his first Olympic Games, strongly motivated by the 8 total medals he pocketed in this event in the last four years, when he entered the final 15 times out of 18 starts.


The German shooter is currently ranked 2nd in the world in this event.


A few hours later, the Shotgun range will then host its second-to-last event, when the 6 best performers among the 21 Skeet Women participants will kick-off the semifinal phase.


The Unites States’ Kimberly Rhode (37) will try to secure her 4th Olympic Gold medal, the second consecutive in the Skeet Women event, while her teammate Morgan Craft (23), ISSF World Champion in Lonato in 2015, is going to make her Olympic debut after claiming 5 medals out of 6 semifinal participations in the last four years.


Thailand’s Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit will enter the competition as the current leader of the World Ranking, having collected 2 of the last 3 World Cup Gold medals.


The Silver and the Bronze medallists at London 2012, Wei Ning of the People’s Republic of China and Danka Bartekova of Slovakia, will also participate in the event.


The finals of the 50m Rifle Prone Men are scheduled to take place at 11:00 AM (UTC-3), while the Skeet Women semifinal will start at 3:00 PM.


News and updates about the Olympic Shooting events will be available on the ISSF website and on the Federation’s social media profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weibo.

Marco Vettoretti