I'm not expert in the sport of shooting, but if the world record is calculated by the amount of points, how can you beat a perfect score? You can see the records on the official site for the London Olympics, and there is no mentioning of time. So can a score of 600 still be beaten? And what's with the 704.8?

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In the event you mention (50m Rifle Prone), the 8 best qualifiers shoot in the final event. In the final event, the scoring zones are divided into tenths, with 10.9 being the maximum score per shot (ten shots are taken).

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The final total is the combination of the qualification and final score.

The competition is won by the shooter who reaches the highest aggregate score (qualification + final, maximum 709.0).

So, if you shoot in the final, you could hit a perfect 600 (in qualification) and then your final ten could be anything up to 109, meaning a maximum possible of 709.

You note the 704.8 but actually, in the London 2012 games just now, Sergei Martynov won gold with 705.5.

I'll add also that, once someone shoots 709, that will be the maximum world record (and it will be shared by anyone else shooting 709) unless the scoring changes.

For clarity, this is how the shooting is scored:


  • Number of shots : 60
  • Score possibilities : 0 to 10 per shot
  • Maximum possible score : 60 shots scoring 10 = 600

Final (Top 8 qualifying shooters)

  • Number of shots : 10
  • Score possibilities : 0 to 10.9 per shot
  • Maximum possible score : 10 shots scoring 10.9 = 109

Final Score

  • Qualifying Score + Final Score = Total Score
  • 600 + 109 = 709
  • good extension. Why 10.9 max in final, and 10 in qualification?
    – Bernhard
    Aug 4, 2012 at 18:22
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    In qualification there are clear zones to hit. I've added an image above. You either score 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 or 10 depending on which concentric circle you hit. In the final, these zones are further divided into tenths. So, the central "10" ring is divided into ten tenths: 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9. It's done to score the final at a more accurate level.
    – Ste
    Aug 4, 2012 at 19:18

This is old scoring system. The finals are now more dynamic, rather than challenging and tough. The Internation Shooting Sport Federation website has latest scoring updates for various events, especially those not part of Olympics, eg the World Cup, World Championship and SAF games.

Major events are

  • trap, double trap, and skeet in 12 bore,
  • air pistol 10 meter,
  • free pistol 50 meter,
  • sports pistol 25 meter,
  • centre fire 25 meter,
  • rapid fire 25 meter,
  • standard pistol 25 meter,
  • air rifle 10 meter,
  • 3-position rifle 50 meter,
  • prone rifle 50 meter,
  • running target 10 meter,
  • big bore championships at 300 meter and 1000 meter.

I like the old finals format more as I am an old shooter and I have seen the circuit in action in old scoring system. However, now as the fineness and accuracy are very high finals are very tight. Once you read the scoring you will appreciate the finals more.

  • Stack Exchange strongly prefers answers to be self-contained - could you please try and summarise the new scoring system in your answer, rather than directing us to a vaguely specified website somewhere else?
    – Philip Kendall
    Jun 8, 2017 at 20:25
  • it's not a vaguely specified site ?? are you in complete senses it's the official site of Olympics shooting sport as it's a v tedious sport and scoring is best described on the official site I don't want to miscommunicate in any way as the enthusiast will check the official issf site itself. I have given the major outline of the new scoring system which is an elemenation process.. if you want to live in the old world your choice my friend.. cheers Abhinav Jun 8, 2017 at 20:34
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    Again - Stack Exchange prefers self-contained answers. Saying "see elsewhere" is very likely to get you downvotes and your answer deleted.
    – Philip Kendall
    Jun 8, 2017 at 20:40
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    It is not a difficult concept. The question is here, so the answer should be here, not in a different place (and especially not in so vague a place as just "go to the official website somewhere). You have been offered the clearest advice on how to correct your answer by someone highly experienced and regarded. Take it, use it, and desist from opinion editorials in your respinses.
    – Nij
    Jun 9, 2017 at 4:52
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    After editing it, I'm not even convinced that the question has been answered. The question was "how do you beat 600" in Olympic schooting. Now it may be possible that the "new" system has a maximum score higher than 600, but as you haven't outlined either system (with supporting references), the question remains unanswered. Jun 9, 2017 at 8:45

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