Get Inspired: SHOOTING

Shooting has been an Olympic sport since the first modern Games in 1896 and has a history of providing intrigue and drama.

There were just three shooting events at the inaugural modern Olympics, but this has grown to 15 disciplines, with 390 athletes from more than 100 countries competing at London 2012.

Why is it good for you?

Shooting is a tense sport that requires immense reserves of skill, concentration and nerve.

Strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are all improved by taking part.

As shooting events rely on mental power, people of all ages can compete against each other on equal terms.

The oldest gold medal-winner in Olympic history remains Sweden’s Oscar Swahn.

He was part of the single shot running deer team at the 1912 Games in Stockholm when aged 64.