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Shooting para sport

Shooting para sport poses a twofold challenge to athletes, as they must overcome their nerves and defeat their opponent, which is no mean feat. In competitions that can last up to three hours, athletes must place a series of shots as close as possible to the centre of the target.  

Shooting made its Paralympic debut at the Toronto 1976 Games. 

Brief overview of the rules 

Shooters compete in rifle and pistol events from distances of 10m, 25m and 50m.  

Depending on the event and the sport class, athletes compete in a kneeling position, standing (or in a wheelchair or on a shooting seat, when they are unable to stand) or prone (athletes in a wheelchair can use an elbow support table). 

In the qualification round, competitors fire a specified number of shots at a target comprised of 10 concentric rings. Scores for each shot in the qualification round are accumulated to give the athlete a total score, with the top eight athletes going through to the final. Athletes with the lowest scores are eliminated one by one over the course of the final until a winner is determined. This makes for a competition full of suspense and tension from start to finish.  

Eligible impairments 

Paraplegia and equivalent, quadriplegia and equivalent, impaired or amputated lower limbs, amputated upper limbs, hemiplegia, short stature. 


  • Letter: SH (= Shooting)
  • Number: 1 and 2
Further information about paralympic classification

Events in 2024

The shooting para sport events will take place between the 30th of August and the 5th of September 2024.


  • R1 10m Air rifle standing SH1 (men’s)
  • R2 10m Air rifle standing SH1 (women’s)
  • R3 10m Air rifle prone SH1 (mixed)
  • R7 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 (men’s)
  • R8 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 (women’s)
  • R4 10m air rifle standing SH2 (mixed)
  • R5 10m air rifle prone SH2 (mixed)
  • R6 50m rifle prone SH1 (mixed)
  • R9 50m rifle prone SH2 (mixed)


  • P1 10m air pistol SH1 (men’s)
  • P2 10m air pistol SH1 (women’s)
  • P3 25m pistol SH1 (mixed)
  • P4 50m pistol SH1 (mixed)

Venue in 2024

International federation 

Shooting Para sport is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) :

International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

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