ISSF World Shooting Championships

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The ISSF World Shooting Championships are governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation. World Shooting Championships began in 1897, after the successful 1896 Summer Olympics, and although the ISSF was not founded until 1907, these early competitions are still seen by the organization as the beginning of a continuous row of championships. By this logic, the 2006 competition in Zagreb was called the 49th ISSF World Shooting Championships. These championships, including all ISSF shooting events, are held every four years since 1954. For the shotgun events only, there is an additional World Championship competition in odd-numbered years. These extra competitions are not numbered. In running target, there will be World Championships in Olympic years.

ISSF World Shooting Championships[edit]

The World Championships were held each year from 1897 to 1931, with the exception of the years 1915–1920 (interruption by World War I) and 1926. From 1933 to 1949, they were held biennially, although the 1941–1945 competitions were canceled (again, because of world war). The current schedule, with large World Championships only every four years, was adapted in 1954.

Originally, 300 metre rifle (in various positions) was the only discipline on the programme, despite many other events having been included in the Olympics. In 1900, 50 metre pistol was added. This programme was in use until 1929, the only change being the addition of 300 metre army rifle, with mandatory use of the host nation's army weapon, in 1911. The 1929 championships in Stockholm saw the addition of most of the remaining events from the Olympic programme: 100 metre running deer, 50 metre rifle and trap. 25 metre rapid fire pistol had to wait until 1933.

Immediately after World War II, 300 metre standard rifle (with more strict rules than 300 metre rifle but less than 300 metre army rifle) was added along with 25 metre center-fire pistol and skeet. There was also briefly a combined 50 and 100 m rifle competition. Specific women's events began to be slowly added from 1958, although women had previously, and at times successfully, been allowed to compete alongside the men. The last remaining army rifle event and 100 metre running deer were dropped in 1966, the latter in favour of 50 metre running target. 50 metre standard rifle was also added for both men and women, but was soon dropped for the men due to the similarity to 50 metre rifle. The 1970 World Championships in Phoenix added airgun events, 25 metre standard pistol and the mixed running target competition. 10 metre running target was added in 1981.

For the 1994 competitions in Milan, a number of profound changes were made. First, junior competitions were added (like the senior championships, these are only held every four years); they had previously been tested in the special shotgun and airgun championships. Second, there were no longer medals awarded in single positions in the 300 metre and 50 metre rifle matches (except for the prone position, which has its own match). Third, double trap had been introduced five years earlier in Montecatini Terme and now made its way into the large championships. With only minor additions, the 1994 programme is still in use.

Before World War I[edit]

Number Year Venue Individual events Team events Total Medal count winner
Rifle Pistol Total Rifle Pistol Total
1 1897 France Lyon 4 4 1 1 5   Switzerland
2 1898 Italy Turin 4 4 1 1 5  France
3 1899 Netherlands Loosduinen 4 4 1 1 5   Switzerland
4 1900 France Paris 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
5 1901 Switzerland Lucerne 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
6 1902 Italy Rome 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
7 1903 Argentina Buenos Aires 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
8 1904 France Lyon (2) 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
9 1905 Belgium Brussels 4 1 5 1 1 2 7  Belgium
10 1906 Italy Milan 4 1 5 1 1 2 7  France
11 1907 Switzerland Zürich 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
12 1908 Austria Vienna 4 1 5 1 1 2 7  Italy
13 1909 Germany Hamburg 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
14 1910 Netherlands Loosduinen (2) 4 1 5 1 1 2 7   Switzerland
15 1911 Italy Rome (2) 8 1 9 1 1 2 11   Switzerland
16 1912 France Bayonne-Biarritz 8 1 9 1 1 2 11   Switzerland
17 1913 United States Camp Perry 8 1 9 1 1 2 11   Switzerland
18 1914 Denmark Viborg 8 1 9 1 1 2 11  France

Interwar period[edit]

Number Year Venue Individual events Team events Total Medal count winner
Rifle Pistol SG RT Total Rifle Pistol SG RT Total
19 1921 France Lyon (3) 8 1 9 1 1 2 11  United States
20 1922 Italy Milan (2) 8 1 9 1 1 2 11   Switzerland
21 1923 United States Camp Perry (2) 8 1 9 1 1 2 11  United States
22 1924 France Reims 8 1 9 1 1 2 11  United States
23 1925 Switzerland St. Gallen 8 1 9 1 1 2 11   Switzerland
24 1927 Italy Rome (3) 8 1 9 1 1 2 11   Switzerland
25 1928 Netherlands Loosduinen (3) 8 1 9 1 1 2 11   Switzerland
26 1929 Sweden Stockholm 9 1 1 2 13 3 1 1 2 7 20   Switzerland
27 1930 Belgium Antwerp 11 1 13 4 1 5 18  United States
Italy Rome (4) 1
28 1931 Poland Lwów 12 1 1 2 16 4 1 1 2 8 24   Switzerland
29 1933 Spain Granada 11 2 14 4 1 6 20  Sweden
Austria Vienna (2) 1 1
30 1935 Italy Rome (5) 11 2 14 5 1 7 21  Finland
Belgium Brussels (2) 1 1
31 1937 Finland Helsinki 12 2 1 2 17 11 2 1 14 31  Finland
32 1939 Switzerland Lucerne (2) 13 2 16 5 2 8 24  Germany
Germany Berlin 1 1

After World War II[edit]

Number Year Venue Men's events Women's events Junior events Team events Total Medal count winner
Ri Pi SG RT Σ Ri Pi SG RT Σ Ri Pi SG RT Σ Ri Pi SG RT Σ
33 1947 Sweden Stockholm (2) 10 3 2 2 17 7 3 1 11 28  Sweden
34 1949 Argentina Buenos Aires (2) 11 3 1 3 18 5 3 1 1 10 28  Finland
35 1952 Norway Oslo 10 3 2 2 17 7 3 1 2 13 30  United States
36 1954 Venezuela Caracas 10 3 2 2 17 7 3 1 2 13 30  Soviet Union
37 1958 Soviet Union Moscow 11 3 2 2 18 2 2 1 1 10 3 2 2 17 38  Soviet Union
38 1962 Egypt Cairo 10 3 2 2 17 2 2 2 6 6 3 2 2 13 36  Soviet Union
39 1966 Germany Wiesbaden 10 3 2 1 16 2 1 2 5 8 3 2 1 14 35  United States
40 1970 United States Phoenix 12 5 2 2 21 3 3 2 8 14 8 2 2 26 55  Soviet Union
41 1974 Switzerland Bern-Thun 11 5 2 2 20 3 2 2 7 14 6 2 2 24 51  Soviet Union
42 1978 South Korea Seoul 10 5 2 2 19 3 2 2 7 13 7 4 2 26 52  United States
43 1982 Venezuela Caracas (2) 10 5 2 3 20 3 2 2 7 13 7 4 3 27 54  Soviet Union
44 1986 East Germany Suhl 5 5 2 3 21 3 2 2 7 8 7 4 3 28 56  Soviet Union
Sweden Skövde 6 6
45 1990 Soviet Union Moscow (2) 10 5 3 3 21 3 2 3 8 13 7 6 3 29 58  Soviet Union
46 1994 Italy Milan-Tolmezzo-Fagnano (2) 6 5 3 4 18 3 2 3 1 9 6 7 3 5 21 15 14 6 8 43 91  United States
47 1998 Spain Barcelona-Zaragoza 6 5 3 2 16 3 2 3 1 9 6 7 3 3 19 15 14 6 6 41 85  China

21st century[edit]

Number Year Venue Men's events Women's events Junior events Team events Total Medal count winner
Ri Pi SG RT Σ Ri Pi SG RT Σ Ri Pi SG RT Σ Ri Pi SG RT Σ
48 2002 Finland Lahti 6 5 3 4 18 5 2 3 2 12 6 7 6 6 25 17 14 10 12 53 108  Russia
49 2006 Croatia Zagreb 6 5 3 4 18 5 2 3 2 12 6 7 5 6 24 17 14 8 12 51 105  China
50 2010 Germany Munich 6 5 3 4 18 5 2 3 2 12 6 7 5 6 24 17 14 10 12 53 107  China
51 2014 Spain Granada
52 2018 South Korea Changwon
53 2022 United Kingdom London

Special shotgun and running target championships[edit]

Special shotgun championships were first held in 1934, and since 1959 they are held biennially so that in these events, there are either Olympic Games or World Championships each year. The original event was trap; skeet was added in 1950 and double trap in 1989.

It was in this kind of championship that the first woman won a World Championship medal in shooting: Carola Mandel (USA) in 1950. Women got their own competitions in 1967.

Running target events have been sporadically included; the last time was 1983. As a compensation for the 2005 loss of Olympic status for 10 metre running target however, it has been decided to hold provisional World Championships in 10 metre running target and 50 metre running target in Olympic years, starting in 2008.

20th century[edit]

Year Venue Men's events Women's events Junior events Team events Total Medal count winner
SG RT Σ SG RT Σ SG RT Σ SG RT Σ
1934 Hungary Budapest 1 1 1 1 2  Hungary
1936 Germany Berlin 1 1 1 1 2  Hungary
1938 Czechoslovakia Luhačovice 1 1 1 1 2  Hungary
1950 Spain Madrid 2 2 2  Italy
1959 Egypt Cairo 2 2 1 1 3  Italy and  Soviet Union
1961 Norway Oslo 2 2 4 2 2 6  United States
1965 Chile Santiago de Chile 2 2 2  Chile
1967 Italy Bologna 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 8  Soviet Union
1969 San Sebastián 2 2 2 2 2 2 6  Italy
1969 Sweden Sandviken 1 1 1 1 2  Soviet Union
1971 Italy Bologna (2) 2 2 2 2 2 2 6  Soviet Union
1973 Australia Melbourne 2 2 4 2 2 4 8  Soviet Union
1975 Germany Munich 2 1 3 2 2 4 1 5 10  Soviet Union
1977 France Antibes 2 2 2 2 4 4 8  Italy
1979 Austria Linz 2 2 2 2 4  Soviet Union
1979 Italy Montecatini Terme 2 2 2 2 4 4 8  Soviet Union
1981 Argentina Mala (Tucumán and Buenos Aires) 2 2 2 2 4  Soviet Union
1981 Argentina Tucumán 2 2 2 2 4 4 8  Soviet Union
1983 Canada Edmonton 2 3 5 2 2 4 3 7 14  Soviet Union
1985 Italy Montecatini Terme (2) 2 2 2 2 4 4 8  China
1987 Spain Valencia 2 2 2 2 2 2 6  China
1989 Italy Montecatini Terme (3) 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 16  Italy
1991 Australia Perth 3 3 3 3 3 3 9 9 18  United States
1993 Spain Barcelona 3 3 2 2 3 3 8 8 16  Italy
1995 Cyprus Nicosia 3 3 3 3 3 3 9 9 18  Italy
1997 Peru Lima 3 3 3 3 3 3 8 8 17  Italy
1999 Finland Tampere 3 3 3 3 5 5 9 9 20  Italy

21st century[edit]

Year Venue Men's events Women's events Junior events Team events Total Medal count winner
SG RT Σ SG RT Σ SG RT Σ SG RT Σ
2001 Egypt Cairo (2) 3 3 3 3 6 6 9 9 21  United States
2003 Cyprus Nicosia (2) 3 3 3 3 6 6 11 11 23  United States
2005 Italy Lonato 3 3 3 3 5 5 8 8 19  Italy
2007 Cyprus Nicosia (3) 3 3 2 2 5 5 9 9 19  Italy
2008 Czech Republic Plzeň 4 4 2 2 6 6 10 10 22  Russia
2009 Slovenia Maribor 3 3 2 2 5 5 10 10 20  Italy
2009 Finland Heinola 20  Russia
2011 Serbia Belgrade 3 3 2 2 5 5 10 10 20
2013 Peru Lima (2) 3 3 2 2 5 5 10 10 20  Italy
2015 Italy Lonato (2) 3 3 2 2 5 5 10 10 20
2017 Russia Moscow 3 3 2 2 5 5 10 10 20

Special airgun championships[edit]

From 1979 to 1991, there were seven special airgun championships, including 10 metre air rifle, 10 metre air pistol and sometimes also 10 metre running target. This kind of championship has been discontinued.

Year Venue Men's events Women's events Junior events Team events Total Medal count winner
Ri Pi RT Σ Ri Pi RT Σ Ri Pi RT Σ Ri Pi RT Σ
1979 South Korea Seoul 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 4 8  United States
1981 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 2 1 5 10  Soviet Union
1983 Austria Innsbruck 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 4 8  Sweden
1985 Mexico Mexico City 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 4 8  Soviet Union
1987 Hungary Budapest 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 2 1 5 10  Soviet Union
1989 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 2 1 5 4 4 2 10 20  Soviet Union
1991 Norway Stavanger 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 2 1 5 4 4 2 10 20  Soviet Union

Current individual events[edit]

Main article: ISSF shooting events

Total medals by country (senior current events only)[edit]

This table was calculated for the senior current events only. Last updated after 2009 World Running Target Championships.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
 USSR 207 128 87 422
1  United States 130 142 119 391
2  Italy 89 71 76 236
3   Switzerland 85 67 53 205
4  China 74 68 52 194
5  East Germany
 West Germany
 Germany
 
13
27
28
68
19
27
28
74
24
32
36
92
56
86
92
234
6  Russia 49 40 41 130
7  Sweden 40 52 62 154
8  Finland 37 45 51 133
9  France 33 55 61 149
10  Hungary 31 35 45 111
 Czechoslovakia 14 16 17 47
11  Norway 17 19 28 64
12  Belgium 17 12 17 46
13  Czech Republic 15 23 9 47
14  Poland 15 18 14 47
15  Ukraine 13 17 22 52
16  Bulgaria 13 11 11 35
17  Australia 12 20 10 42
18  Canada 9 10 4 23
19  South Korea 9 9 20 38
20  Denmark 9 6 19 34
21  Argentina 9 4 6 19
22  Great Britain 8 14 21 43
23  Spain 8 14 17 39
 Yugoslavia 7 12 4 23
24  India 6 2 4 12
25  Kuwait 6 1 4 11
26  Estonia 5 2 3 10
27  Belarus 4 7 8 19
28  Kazakhstan 4 1 4 9
29  Romania 3 11 10 24
30  Austria 3 7 14 24
31  Mexico 3 2 3 8
32  Cyprus 3 2 0 5
33  Slovakia 2 7 12 21
34  Azerbaijan 2 3 0 5
35  Venezuela 2 2 2 6
36  Colombia 2 1 4 7
37  Chile 2 1 0 3
38  Portugal 1 6 3 10
39  Egypt 1 2 5 8
40  Chinese Taipei 1 1 2 4
41  Slovenia 1 1 2 4
42  Ireland 1 1 1 3
43  Israel 1 1 0 2
43  South Africa 1 1 0 2
43  United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 2
46  Mongolia 1 0 2 3
47  Armenia 1 0 0 1
47  Latvia 1 0 0 1
49  Japan 0 5 3 8
50  Netherlands 0 4 6 10
51  Lithuania 0 4 1 5
52  Cuba 0 3 5 8
53  Greece 0 2 1 3
53  Thailand 0 2 1 3
55  Brazil 0 1 2 3
55  North Korea 0 1 2 3
57  Georgia 0 1 1 2
57  Turkey 0 1 1 2
59  Georgia 0 1 0 1
59  Lebanon 0 1 0 1
59  Serbia and Montenegro 0 1 0 1
62  San Marino 0 0 3 3
63  Albania 0 0 1 1
63  Croatia 0 0 1 1
63  Peru 0 0 1 1
63  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
63  Uruguay 0 0 1 1
Total 1074 1073 1070 3217

Discontinued events[edit]

Medals[edit]

Nations[edit]

This table was calculated for the senior events only, including both current and discontinued events. Last updated after 2012 World Running Target Championships.[1]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
 USSR 258 162 106 526
1  United States 192 182 173 547
2   Switzerland 174 146 126 446
3  Italy 107 89 94 290
4  China 92 87 58 237
5  Sweden 74 102 112 288
6  Finland 70 91 93 254
7  Russia 66 52 49 167
8  France 58 89 100 247
9  Norway 41 57 58 156
10  Hungary 37 40 48 125
11  Germany 35 38 38 111
 West Germany 32 30 41 103
12  Belgium 23 17 29 69
13  Poland 21 23 19 63
14  Great Britain 20 14 31 65
15  Estonia 20 12 14 46
16  Czech Republic 18 25 14 57
 Czechoslovakia 16 23 25 64
17  Argentina 16 7 10 33
18  Denmark 15 22 28 65
19  Spain 15 17 21 53
 East Germany 14 22 31 67
20  Australia 14 21 9 44
21  Ukraine 13 20 31 64
22  Bulgaria 13 12 11 36
23  South Korea 12 14 26 52
24  Canada 11 13 5 29
 Yugoslavia 6 11 5
25  India 6 2 8 16
26  Kuwait 6 1 6 13
27  Austria 5 11 15 31
28  Belarus 5 7 9 21
29  Netherlands 4 12 14 30
30  Romania 4 11 11 26
31  Cyprus 4 2 1 7
32  Kazakhstan 4 1 6 11
33  Slovakia 3 10 17 30
34  Mexico 3 2 3 8
34  North Korea 3 2 3 8
37  Japan 2 5 3 10
38  Azerbaijan 2 3 0 5
39  Venezuela 2 2 2 6
40  South Africa 2 2 1 5
41  Colombia 2 1 4 7
42  Chile 2 1 0 3
43  Portugal 1 6 3 10
44  Serbia 1 4 2 7
45  Egypt 1 2 4 7
46  Brazil 1 2 3 6
47  Slovenia 1 2 3 6
 Serbia and Montenegro 1 2 0 3
48  Chinese Taipei 1 1 2 4
49  Ireland 1 1 1 3
49  United Arab Emirates 1 1 1 3
51  Israel 1 1 0 2
51  Latvia 1 1 0 2
53  Mongolia 1 0 2 3
54  Armenia 1 0 0 1
55  Lithuania 0 4 1 5
56  Cuba 0 3 5 8
57  Greece 0 2 1 3
57  Thailand 0 2 1 3
57  Georgia 0 2 1 3
60  Turkey 0 1 1 2
61  Lebanon 0 1 0 1
61  Romania 0 1 0 1
63  San Marino 0 0 5 5
 United Arab Republic 0 0 1 1
64  Albania 0 0 1 1
64  Croatia 0 0 1 1
64  Guatemala 0 0 1 1
64  Peru 0 0 1 1
64  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
64  Uruguay 0 0 1 1
Total 1555 1552 1551 4658

Individual[edit]

In this list the multiple medalists (individual and team) of all-time.[2]

!# Name Nation Years Gold medal world centered-2.svg Silver medal world centered-2.svg Bronze medal world centered-2.svg Total Discipline
1 Konrad Staeheli   Switzerland 1898-1914 41 17 11 69 Pistol/Rifle
2 Karl Zimmermann   Switzerland 1921-1947 30 17 20 67 Rifle
3 Lones Wigger  United States 1966-1986 22 22 7 51 Rifle
4 Kullervo Leskinen  Finland 1930-1952 15 19 11 45 Rifle
5 Josias Hartmann   Switzerland 1921-1939 15 12 11 38 Rifle
6 Wilhelm Schnyder   Switzerland 1922-1933 14 2 3 19 Pistol/Rifle
7 John Robert Foster  United States 1961-1974 13 15 2 30 Rifle/Running Deer
8 Paul Van Asbroeck  Belgium 1900-1930 13 9 13 35 Pistol/Rifle
9 Emil Kellenberger   Switzerland 1899-1922 13 7 0 20 Rifle
10 Gennadi Lushikov  Soviet Union 1974-1990 13 6 2 21 Rifle
11 Lubos Racansky  Czech Republic 1986-2008 13 5 1 19 Running Target
12 Louis Richardet   Switzerland 1897-1909 13 4 5 22 Pistol/Rifle
13 Moysey Itkis  Soviet Union 1954-1962 13 1 5 19 Rifle
14 Walter Lienhard   Switzerland 1922-1939 12 11 3 26 Rifle
15 Otto Horber   Switzerland 1935-1952 12 9 12 33 Rifle

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Medals
  2. ^ "Multi-Medalists Top 15". issf-sports.org. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 

External links[edit]