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Great Britain has reached the podium in every previous Paralympic Shooting tournament. The 2012 team will be hoping to continue that success this year at the historic Royal Artillery Barracks.

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What is Paralympic Shooting?


The London 2012 Paralympics Shooting programme features 12 pistol and rifle medal events. Two classifications of athletes separate those who can support the firearm themselves (SH1) and those who require the use of a shooting stand (SH2). There are three men's events, three women's events and six mixed events, with athletes shooting from a variety of positions - standing, sitting or prone - at targets at distances of 10m, 25m and 50m. Each event will have a qualification heat and a final knock-out round.


Who won Paralympic shooting gold in Beijing in 2008?


South Korea came out on top of the medal table with four golds and nine medals overall. Lee Ji-Seok grabbed two gold medals in the mixed 10m air rifle prone and standing SH2 class, Lee Yun-Ri won the women's 50m sport rifle 3x20 SH1 class and Park Sea-Kyun took home gold in the mixed 50m free pistol SH1 class. Sweden's Jonas Jacobsson, the most successful Paralympian of all time, had a tremendous tournament, picking up three gold medals bringing his total lifetime tally to 16 gold, three silver and nine bronze medals.


Do ParalympicsGB have a chance of winning any shooting medals?


Great Britain has 12 slots for the 2012 Games, three times as many athletes that travelled to Beijing. Matt Skelhon, who won gold in 2008, will be looking to defend his R3 10m prone air rifle title and Paralympic veteran Deanna Coates will be attending her eight Games. Their experience will be complemented by seven Paralympic debutants. Keep an eye out for Nathan Milgate, who endured a disappointing Games in Beijing but has since hit form at the perfect time, winning gold in the 10m standing air rifle at the 2012 IPC Shooting World Cup in Poland.


When is the Paralympic Shooting?


The Shooting will take place from Thursday 30th August to Thursday 6th September, medal events will feature daily. See our Paralympics Day-by-Day Guide for the full schedule of events.


How do I get tickets for Paralympic Shooting?


Tickets can be purchased from More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.


What are the disability divisions for Paralympic shooting?


Shooting uses a classification system which allows athletes from different impairment groups with the same level of functional ability to compete together. Athletes are divided into two classifications: SH1 and SH2. SH1 indicates pistol and rifle competitors that do not require a shooting stand. SH2 indicates rifle competitors who aren’t able to support the weight of the firearm and require a spring mounted stand to shoot. There are 10 events for SH1 athletes and two for SH2 shooters.


When did Shooting first appear at the Paralympics?


Shooting first appeared on the Paralympic schedule in Toronto in 1976 – Great Britain has won medals at every single Games since.  Host nation Canada dominated the medal table at the first shooting competition, winning two gold medals and a silver.





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