guide to olympic skeet

ClayPal Guide to Olympic Skeet

what is olympic skeet?

As the name suggests, Olympic Skeet is an Olympic shooting discipline governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) along with Double Trap and Olympic Trap.

Each round of Olympic Skeet consists of 25 targets made up from a mixture of single targets and doubles, with only one shot allowed at each target. Most domestic competitions are shot over four rounds making a total score out of 100.

In major and international competitions, men's events are shot over five rounds (125 targets) and ladies events over three rounds (75 targets). The top six shooters will also progress into a semi-final where they will shoot 16 targets from stands three, four, five and four, in that order. Each competitor shoots one regular double and one reverse double on each station. Scores from the qualification rounds are NOT carried forward so competitors start from a zero score. The competitors who shoot the third and fourth highest scores in the semi-final shoot another 16 targets in a 'Medal Match' to determine who wins the bronze medal. The top two scorers in the semi-final shoot another 'Medal Match' to determine who wins the gold and silver medals. Any ties are decided by a shoot-off where the competitors will shoot a regular double followed by a reverse double on stands three, four and five until the tie is broken.

There is a random time delay of 0-3 seconds from the shooter's call to the targets being released. The shooter must ensure that the gun stock is in contact with his/her body with the toe of the stock on or below the crest (top) of the hip bone before they call for a target. They must also remain perfectly still until the targets are released.

Olympic Skeet is usually shot in squads of six with each shooter taking it in turn to shoot a station before the whole squad moves on to the next one and the process is repeated.

Olympic Skeet Layout

how is olympic skeet set up?

Olympic Skeet requires two fixed traps set in 'Skeet Houses'. The 'High House' throws targets from 3m above ground level and the 'Low House' throws them from 1m above ground level.

There are eight shooting stands (stations) set in a semi-circle, with station eight set directly between the skeet houses.

Targets are set to travel 68m (+/- 1m) and crossover 5.50m directly in front of station eight and 4.6m high.

which cartridges can be used?

As with all Olympic disciplines, Olympic Skeet must be shot with cartridges that have a maximum load of 24g and shot size no greater than 2.6mm.

what is the target sequence for olympic skeet?

Olympic Skeet is shot over eight stands, the sequence is very different from English Skeet or NSSA Skeet. The sequence is as follows:

Station 1 • Single from the High House
• Double - High House target to be shot first
Station 2 • Single from the High House
• Double - High House target to be shot first
Station 3 • Single from the High House
• Double - High House target to be shot first
Station 4 • Single from the High House
• Single from the Low House
Station 5 • Single from the Low House
• Double - Low House target to be shot first
Station 6 • Single from the Low House
• Double - Low House target to be shot first
Station 7 • Double - Low House target to be shot first
Station 4 • Double - High House target to be shot first
• Double - Low House target to be shot first
Station 8 • Single from the High House
• Single from the Low House

olympic skeet facts

  • Richard Brickell won a Gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Amber Hill was the youngest ever to win a Senior Gold medal in a World Cup at UAE in 2013

current world records

Record Country Name Date Event
125/125 Italy ITA Valerio Luchini 09/07/2014 WC Beijing (CHN)
74/75 Italy ITA Simona Scocchetti 10/07/2013 WC Granada (ESP)
74/75 Britain GBR Amber Hill 17/09/2013 WCH Lima (PER)
74/75 Italy ITA Diana Bacosi 17/09/2013 WCH Lima (PER)
74/75 Russia RUS Olga Panarina 27/10/2013 WCF Abu Dhabi (UAE)
74/75 Russia RUS Albina Shakirova 11/06/2014 WC Munich (GER)
74/75 USA USA Kimberly Rhode 11/06/2014 WC Munich (GER)
74/75 Poland POL Aleksandra Jarmolinska 11/06/2014 WC Munich (GER)
74/75 Italy ITA Simona Scocchetti 08/07/2014 WC Beijing (CHN)
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