Guide to Olympic shooting

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:05

COMPETITION DATES
28 July to 6 August.

STAR NAME
Niccolo Campriani: Italian Campriani is ranked number one in the world in both the 50 metres rifle 3 positions and the 10m air rifle disciplines, and he became the first shooter to officially qualify for the 2012 Games after winning the latter event at the World Championships in August 2010.

GREATEST OLYMPIAN
Carl Osburn: Having competed in three Games between 1912 and 1924, Osburn, a US Navy officer from Jacksontown, Ohio, racked up an amazing 11 medals comprising five gold, four silver and two bronze. Swimmer Michael Phelps, with 16, is the only man to win more Olympic medals for the USA.

BIGGEST FLOP
Matt Emmons: The American has twice led going into the final shot of Olympic finals - and twice blown it. In 2004 Emmons held a three-point advantage but aimed his last shot at the wrong target to drop to eighth. He led again four years later but "twitched" on his final shot and finished fourth.

DID YOU KNOW?
At the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris the competitors in the shooting competition actually fired at live pigeons. However, despite the ever-increasing number of the urban pests dwelling in London, clay targets have to suffice these days and no birds will be harmed at the 2012 event.

FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE GAMES
1896