Target Shooting at the Olympic Games


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were originally planned to take place 24 July - 9 August 2020,
however due to the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic this event is now scheduled for
23 July - 8 August 2021.

Rifle events to be held are Men's, Women's, and Mixed Team 10m Air Rifle, and Men's and Women's 50m 3P.

There are no NZ rifle shooters who have quailified to compete at this event.

CLICK HERE FOR the Olympic Games shooting schedule

CLICK HERE FOR the Olympic Games Shooting website


2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – NOMINATION Criteria

The 2020 Nomination Criteria has now been finalised with NZOC, you can find a link to the document below and on the NZSF Web site under “Competition & Events”.

Points to keep in mind:

  • This is the NZSF Nomination Criteria and not a selection criteria
  • International MQS’s can only be obtained at World Cups and Oceania Championships as listed in schedule “B” (Key Competitions)
  • Australian “Performance Series” events can only be used to achieve Domestic MQS’s

Any questions- please don’t hesitate to ask!


An email has also gone out to all 2017 Oceania team members in Shotgun, Rifle and Pistol – so hopefully I have most athletes covered.


Gavin Paton
Sport Development Manager, NZ Shooting Federation

222 Harbourside Drive, Karaka
Papakura 2113, New Zealand

Ph 09 2988169, Mob 0274861981

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A recent ISSF letter to all Member Federations regarding the changes in events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins:

Dear Friends,

ISSF member federations have recently received several reports and rumors regarding possible changes in the 2020 Olympic shooting program. There are concerns about the possible elimination of certain events. One national federation is encouraging members to request an extraordinary General Assembly to discuss these changes. There are other organized groups or campaigns that are trying to support events being proposed for elimination. Much of the information being circulated is incomplete, misleading or even false. None of these reports and rumors provides information about gains shooting will experience from proposed Olympic shooting program changes. This is a very complex situation and we feel it is important for national federations to have better information. This letter identifies the most important questions being asked and provides answers to them.

You can read the full letter here:


A number of Press Releases have also been put out by ISSF on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics event changes:






Further Results from the Rio Paralympics event 2016 - well done to our Paralympic shooters!


Jason Eales has placed 17th and Michael Johnson placed 31st in the 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 event.

Greg Reid placed 37th in the 50m Rifle Prone SH1 event. 

Greg Reid placed 7th in the Final of the 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 event: 

Michael Johnson placed 5th in the 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 event:



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Ryan Taylor  (from Levin) placed 16th in the Qualification round of the Mens 50m Prone event at Rio on 12th August, with a score of 622.4 from a possible 654.  Well done Ryan, for this placing in such a world-class field. 

The top 8 shooters moved into the Final with Qualification scores ranging from 629.0 (an Olympic Record, from Russian Sergey Kamensiy) to 624.8 (from German Henri Junghaenel).  In the field of 47 shooters, the two Australian shooters placed 31st (Dane Sampson, 620.6) and 35th (Warren Potent, 620.0).

Medal placings went to Henri Junghaenel (Germany) - Gold,  Kim Jonghyun (Korea) - Silver, Kirill Grigoryan (Russia) - Bronze. 




Natalie Rooney has won NZ's first medal in the Rio Olympics,
winning Silver in the Women's Trap event, a fantastic start for Shooting!


Timaru shooter Natalie Rooney celebrates receiving the silver medal in the women's trap at the Rio Olympics.

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Ryan Taylor of Levin is heading to Rio
to shoot in the 50m Prone event.


The 50m Prone Qualification Match is being held at 
9am Friday 12th August,Rio time, which is
12 midnight, Friday 12th August, NZ time.

Watch the FINAL 
LIVE on SKY at 1.55am - 2.48am NZ time.

Abhinav Bindra of India is the current
World and Olympic Champion
in 10m Air Rifle

As India’s only individual Olympic Gold Medallist,
Abhinav is an elite athlete at the top of his game.
Exhale Sports takes a look at that perfect moment
when every little detail comes together and every part of his body
works in sync, so he can take that perfect shot.