10 greatest Olympics shooters of all time
Shooting is an art that requires extreme levels of concentration, focus and stability. Not many people can boast of having all those three qualities, which is why it is so rare to find a single shooter dominating the sport for a long stretch of time.
Shooting, as a sport, has been a part of the Olympic Games since the advent of the latter. Live pigeons were used as the target in the first two games in 1896 and 1900, but were later replaced by clay targets from 1908 onwards.
Shooting did not feature at the 1904 and 1928 events, and when it was re-introduced in 1932, it only had two events. Gradually, however, the number of events have increased in number – the most being 17 events at the 2000 and 2004 Games.
Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the number of events has been fixed at 15 – the same will be the number at the Rio Olympics.
Here, we take a look at the 10 greatest shooters to have ever participated at the Games.
#10 Lyubov Galkina
The Russian shooter Lioubov Galkinawas was born on 15th March, 1973 and had a decorated career in shooting. She started her Olympic Games journey in 2004 when she won a gold medal and a silver medal. She won the gold medal in the 50m rifle 3 positions whereas she bagged the silver in the 10m air rifle event.
The rifle shooter also won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10m air rifle event. Apart from her Olympics career, the Russian has received accolades in all parts of the world as she has won 5 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals in the ISSF events.
The shooter has also won 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 5 bronze medals at the European Championships. Her record in rifle shooting is one of the best in the world and it justifies her selection as one of the greatest shooters to have taken part at the Games.
Olympic Games’ appearances: 2
Olympic Games’ medals won: 2
|Gold||2004 Athens||50m rifle 3 positions|
|Silver||2004 Athens||10m air rifle|
|Silver||2008 Beijing||10m air rifle|