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The crucial facts you need to know about the summer games in Tokyo. Our Olympic Shooting guide explains it all.

Summary of shotgun disciplines

Skeet range

A Skeet range features a high house, a low house and seven stands from where shots are taken

Olympic Skeet

Competitors move around a semi-circle of seven stations, shooting at targets launched from two fixed positions, a High House on the left and a Low House on the right. The final eighth station is located between the two trap houses. The sequence of 25 targets involves a mixture of singles and simultaneous pairs. As a consequence of the competitors moving around the semi-circle, the shooting angle changes, enabling a wide variety of the targets to be presented.

Ed Ling Team GB bronze medallist

Team GB member Ed Ling won bronze in the trap shooting event at Rio 2016

Olympic Trap

In Olympic Trap athletes shoot from five stations at going away targets thrown from 15 traps (three per station) in front of them. Each athlete takes a turn to shoot, before moving to the next station in the line.

Mixed Trap Teams

Mixed Trap Teams sees a male and female shooter join forces to take on an Olympic Trap course. They shoot separately, but their combined scores are counted as one.

Event Timetable (all times BST)

Skeet qualification day 1: Sunday 25 July, 1am–8am
Skeet qualification day 2, finals and victory ceremony: Monday 26 July, 1am–9.15am

Trap qualification day 1: Wednesday 28 July, 1am–8am
Trap qualification day 2, finals and victory ceremony: Thursday 29 July, 1am–8.55am

Trap Mixed Team qualification, finals and victory ceremony: Saturday 31 July, 1am–6.50am


Asaka Shooting Range will host all shooting sports for Tokyo 2020. Originally constructed for the 1964 summer Olympics, the Asaka Shooting Range is part of the historic Asaka military base in Tokyo’s Nerima ward.

Olympic Shooting Guide – Athlete Profiles

Kirsty Hegarty
Age: 32
Hometown: Ballymena
Disciplines: Olympic Trap
Gun: Caesar Guerini Invictus V Ascent
Ammo: Clever T4 Pro Extra Evolution
Career Highlights: ISSF World Cup, Al Ain 2019 Trap silver; ISSF World Cup, Lonato 2021, Mixed Trap gold, with Matthew Coward-Holley.

Matthew Coward-Holley
Age: 26
Hometown: Chelmsford
Disciplines: Olympic Trap
Gun: Perazzi MX2000/8
Ammo: Clever T4 Pro Extra Evolution
Career Highlights: Britain’s first ever OT World Champion at ISSF World Championships 2019 in Lonato; Mixed Trap gold, with Kirsty Hegarty at the ISSF World Cup in Lonato; Italian Open Green Cup 2019 gold; European OT Champion, plus Team Trap silver with Charlotte Hollands, both in Croatia 2019.

Aaron Heading
Age: 34
Hometown: King’s Lynn
Disciplines: Olympic Trap
Gun: Beretta DT11
Ammo: Fiocchi Officials 24g 7.5
Career Highlights: Junior gold at the 2006 European Championships; Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli; Trap Pairs bronze with David Kirk at the same games; Trap silver at both Glasgow 2014 and The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Sadly Amber Hill had to pull out due to testing positive for Covid.

And not forgetting our rifle competitor:

Seonaid McIntosh
Age: 25
Hometown: Edinburgh
Disciplines: 3 Position 50M Rifle and 10M Air rifle.
Equipment: Grunig & Elmiger R3 Racer Rifle and Pardini GPR1 Air Rifle
Ammo: Eley Tenex .22LR and RWS R10 Air Pellets
Career Highlights: Individual gold at the 2017 European Championships in Azerbaijan in the 50m Rifle Three Positions and team gold in the 50m Rifle Three Positions; world record and gold at the 2019 European Championships in Italy in the 300m Rifle event.

Olympic Shooting events are being held at the Asaka Shooting Range from 24 July t0 2 August 2021. 

We will be bringing you the news as it happens.

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