Shooting at the Rio 2016 Olympics: All you need to know

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Venue: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Dates: 5-21 August Time in Rio: BST -4
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How does it work?

There are three shooting disciplines - pistol, rifle and shotgun - with five events in each.

In pistol and rifle events, shooters aim at a 10-ringed target from a set distance: 10, 25 or 50m.

In the shotgun events, competitors shoot at moving targets launched above and in front of them.

The top six or eight shooters, depending on the event, progress from qualification to the final stage, when scores are reset and a knockout format introduced.

Who are the favourites?

South Korean men's pistol specialist Jin Jong-oh could become the first shooter to win four individual Olympic titles, a feat that is also possible for American Kimberly Rhode in the skeet.

Vincent Hancock of the USA is aiming for an unprecedented third straight shotgun gold, while peerless Croatian Snejana Pejcic has won three World Cup rifle titles this year.

What about the British prospects?

Reigning Olympic double trap champion Peter Wilson has retired but Steve Scott and Tim Kneale are both recent World Championship medallists in the event and will feel they have the ammunition to succeed him.

In the skeet, teenager Amber Hill is ranked seventh and won a World Cup title last year, while Elena Allen is a multiple major medallist.

When is it on?

Competition runs from 6-14 August, with medals to be decided on each day.

I didn't know that...

A proposed rifle emoji representing the sport of shooting was barred from the Olympic-themed symbols released in June. Unicode, the organisation in charge of selecting emojis, also rejected a modern pentathlon image because it depicts a man holding a pistol. A generic handgun emoji remains available.

Previous British medallists

Forty four (13 gold, 15 silver, 16 bronze)

Most recent British gold

2012 - Peter Wilson (double trap)

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