2nd European Games " SHOOTING"
Session Competition Schedule:
Shooting Rifle & Pistol
09:15-10:30 Men's 10m Air Pistol - Qualifications
11:15-12:30 Women's 10m Air Pistol - Qualifications
11:30-12:00 Men's 10m Air Pistol - Finals
12:10-12:25 Men's 10m Air Pistol - Medal Ceremony
13:30-14:00 Women's 10m Air Pistol - Finals
14:10-14:25 Women's 10m Air Pistol - Medal Ceremony
09:00-14:30 Men's Shotgun Trap, Women's Shotgun Trap - Qualifications
15:45-16:45 Women's Shotgun Trap - Finals
17:00-18:00 Men's Shotgun Trap - Finals
18:15-18:30 Women's Shotgun Trap - Medal Ceremony
18:15-18:30 Men's Shotgun Trap - Medal Ceremony
Tickets for competitions in Rifle&Pistols, and Shortgun vary from 7 to 15 rubles.
GA category ticket cost 7 rubles, which gives the right to attend a session on Shooting Shotgun at specially allocated standing areas to watch the competition in the Sporting Club, as well as the opportunity to attend preliminary rounds for Shooting Rifle&Pistols in the Timoshenko Shooting Sport Complex.
A Tribune category ticket cost 15 rubles gives you the right to attend a Shortgun shooting session in the seating areas at the stands with a good view in the Sporting Club, as well as the opportunity to attend all the Shooting Rifle&Pistols in the Timoshenko Shooting Sports Complex.
Rifle & Pistol Shooting is a competitive sport involving proficiency tests of accuracy in shooting using different types of weapons such as air, small-caliber or large-caliber rifles and pistols. The disciplines are pistol, rifle and running target.
Shotgun Shooting is a competitive sport involving shooting at open ranges at special clay targets using smoothbore shotguns.
At the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019, 13 sets of medals will be contested by 208 athletes in Rifle & Pistol Shooting. Six sets of medals will be contested in Shotgun Shooting by 122 athletes.
Belarus has also earned an Olympic gold. Sergey Martynov ascended to the top of the podium at 2012 London Olympics after winning bronze medals at 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Martynov also holds three world titles. He won his first gold medal in 1990 as a part of the USSR team. He also scored the absolute world record in 50m rifle prone (600 points) six times (1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2012).
- The oldest shooting discipline is trapshooting which has been included at almost every Olympics. At first, targets weren't clay. Live pigeons used to be tossed into the air by means of special devices. The IOC banned the use of live birds as targets in 1910. But in fact, live pigeons were still used as targets at training sessions and some competitions.
- A good shotgun costs from EUR 10,000 to 12,000. To carry a gun during training or competitions, you will need a special permit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but you will have to hand your gun over to the security service when travelling by air.
Shotgun shooting has been included at every Olympic Games since 1968, and the events used to be mixed. However, until 1992 women hadn’t won any medals, so the IOC decided to make competitions open for men only at 1996 Olympics. But it was in Barcelona in 1992 that Chinese shooter Zhang Shan became the first woman to win a gold medal. Despite the controversy, the decision was not changed, and Zhang Shan was unable to defend her title four years later. Women made a comeback in Olympic Shotgun Shooting in 2000, but that time there were separate men's and women's events.
- At 2016 Rio Olympics, Georgian athletes Nino Salukvadze and Tsotne Machavariani competed in air pistol shooting. At the time, Nino was 47 and Tsotne was 18. They were the first mother and son to participate at the same Olympics.