Shooters have already set a new world record for the Olympic Games as men and women from 108 countries prepare to shoot for gold, silver and bronze.
There have never been so many nations represented in shooting since the modern Olympics began in 1896, and 390 athletes will take part.
But shooting doesn’t quite earn a medal for its result, with athletics, swimming and judo posting even higher numbers.
“It’s an extraordinary result, which proves once again the universality of our sport,” the secretary general of the International Shooting Sports Federation, Franz Schreiber, said.
“Shooting is a sport practiced all around the world, and athletes from all the continents have the chance to qualify and compete in the Olympics.”
The first gold medal of the 2012 Games will be awarded to a shooter, following the finals of the women’s 10m Air Rifle competition on Saturday, 28 July.
Australians Robyn Van Nus and Alethea Sedgman will be striving to make that final.
They are two of the 17 shooters in the Australian Olympic team.