Parapan American Games

Shooting Para sport

Shooting Para sport

Shooting Para sport

In shooting Para sport, Para athletes compete in 2 sport classes: pistol (SH1) and rifle (SH1 and SH2). In pistol (SH1), Para athletes have an impairment in the lower limb(s) and/or in the upper limb. In rifle (SH1), Para athletes have an impairment in their lower limb; whereas in rifle (SH2), they have an impairment in the upper limb(s) and require help to shoot. As for the shooting range, it does not have special characteristics.

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In the last Parapan American Games in Toronto, the USA led the standing with eight medals (two gold, two silver and four bronze) in different categories, leaving Brazil behind with 3 medals (two gold and one silver). As for the host country, Canada won a silver medal, finishing in 3rd place.

History

Shooting Para sport debuted at the Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games, featuring three competitions. Gradually, the number of events increased to 29 and as of Sydney 2000, a total of 12 was set.
 

Terminology

Bunker: A long concrete structure in front of a firing line from which machines throw clay targets in trap shooting: also known as a trench.
Clay target: A saucer-shaped target of clay.
Double trap: A trapshooting event where two targets are released at the same time and the athlete must fire a shot at each.
Pistol: A short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.
Rifle: A shoulder firearm with spiral grooves cut in the inner surface of the gun barrel to give the bullet a rotating motion and render its flight more accurate.
Shotgun: A smooth bore firearm for firing round shot.
Shoot-off: A tie-breaker in a shooting competition.
Sighter: A practice shot fired at the beginning of a match to check sight adjustments.
Skeet: In this event, athletes only take one shot at a target.
Trap: A device for suddenly releasing or tossing clay targets into the air in trapshooting.

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