Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 18, 1988
Participants: 396 (285 men and 111 women) from 66 countries
Youngest Participant: Olivér Gáspár (15 years, 252 days)
Oldest Participant: Hermann Sailer (54 years, 327 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): Soviet Union (11 medals)
The 1988 shooting events were held at the [Taenung International Shooting Range] in Seoul. There were 13 events on the Olympic Program, an increase from 11 in 1984. As in 1984, most of the events were segregated, with only trap and skeet shooting open to both men and women. Men competed in seven events, as an air pistol event over 10 metres was added. Women also had an air pistol event added to their schedule. There were five women in both trap shooting and skeet shooting in 1988.
There was one major change to the formats for shooting in 1988. Previously all shooters had competed in a series of shots, with the leaders and medalists determined by a check of targets by the official scorers, leaving Olympic shooting competition usually devoid of any drama. In 1988, the top eight shooters (top six in trap and skeet) were advanced to a final round of 10 shots. In that round, the scoring was carried to the 1/10th decimal place, and the final eight/six shot a final round to determine the top eight/six placements, and this became the standard at international shooting and the Olympics.