1954 ISSF World Shooting Championships

The 36th UIT World Shooting Championships was the contemporary name of the ISSF World Shooting Championships in all ISSF shooting events that were held in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1954.[1] It was the first time Venezuela hosted the competition (which it did again in 1982), and a new military shooting range had been constructed in the suburbs of Caracas for the event.[2]

After their successful debut in the 1952 Summer Olympics, the Soviet Union now participated for the first time in the World Championships, and won 20 of the 30 gold medals.[1] Rifle shooter Anatoli Bogdanov, the star of the 1952 shooting competitions in Helsinki, dominated once again with six individual and four team victories. He broke the world record in the 300 metre rifle three positions match with a margin of nine points.[3] In the shotgun events, the United States and Italy were still on top, but the shooting greatness of especially Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries had now diminished, shifting the tide eastward.

As in most other events, the Soviet team won the team championship in 25 metre center-fire pistol. The American marksman Arthur Jackson commented that the western shooters watched with a mixed sense of pity and relief as the Soviet team shot their archaic Nagant M1895 revolvers in the pre-event training. On the match day they revealed their practical joke and instead brought brand new American Smith & Wesson match revolvers, shooting the same kind of gun and ammunition as the individual champion, and winning three points ahead of the American team.[4]

Medal countEdit

Rank Country       Total
1   Soviet Union 20 6 7 33
2   Sweden 4 9 5 18
3   United States 3 6 2 11
4   Italy 2 1 0 3
5   Canada 1 0 0 1
6   Norway 0 4 5 9
7    Switzerland 0 3 2 5
8   Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
9   Finland 0 0 6 6
10   Colombia 0 0 1 1
  Cuba 0 0 1 1
  Egypt 0 0 1 1

Rifle eventsEdit

Individual Team
300 metre rifle three positions
    Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 1133     Soviet Union 5607
    Vasily Borisov (URS) 1132      Switzerland 5505
    Vilho Ylönen (FIN) 1126     Sweden 5491
300 metre rifle prone
    Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 391 No team competition
    Vasily Borisov (URS) 389
    Ernst Huber (SUI) 388
300 metre rifle kneeling
    Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 380 No team competition
    J. Sundberg (SWE) 379
    Vilho Ylönen (FIN) 378
300 metre rifle standing
    Vasily Borisov (URS) 366 No team competition
    August Hollenstein (SUI) 363
    Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 362
300 metre standard rifle
    Walther Fröstell (SWE) 514     Sweden 2471
    Anders Kvissberg (SWE) 513     Yugoslavia 2448
    J. Matallana (COL) 503     Finland 2437
50 metre rifle three positions
    Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 1174     Soviet Union 5802
    Vasily Borisov (URS) 1172     Sweden 5765
    Vilho Ylönen (FIN) 1167     Norway 5758
50+100 metre rifle prone
    Gilmour Boa (CAN) 598     United States 2373
    Kurt Johansson (SWE) 596     Sweden 2372
    August Westergaard (USA) 596     Soviet Union 2370
50 metre rifle prone
    Vasily Borisov (URS) 399     Sweden 1988
    Anders Kvissberg (SWE) 399     Norway 1986
    I. Aas (NOR) 399     Soviet Union 1986
50 metre rifle kneeling
    Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 396     Soviet Union 1958
    Vasily Borisov (URS) 393     Sweden 1943
    Moysey Itkis (URS) 393     Norway 1921
50 metre rifle standing
    Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 380     Soviet Union 1865
    Vasily Borisov (URS) 380     Norway 1850
    J. Sundberg (SWE) 379      Switzerland 1843

Pistol eventsEdit

Individual Team
50 metre pistol
    Huelet Benner (USA) 553     Soviet Union 2722
    Torsten Ullman (SWE) 552     United States 2706
    A. Jasinsky (URS) 552     Sweden 2697
25 metre rapid fire pistol
    N. Kalinichenko (URS) 584     Soviet Union 2317
    William McMillan (USA) 582     United States 2292
    Pentti Linnosvuo (FIN) 581     Finland 2289
25 metre center-fire pistol
    Torsten Ullman (SWE) 586     Soviet Union 2319
    Huelet Benner (USA) 585     United States 2316
    William McMillan (USA) 584     Cuba 2263

Shotgun eventsEdit

Individual Team
Trap
    C. Merlo (ITA) 296     Italy 773
    Galliano Rossini (ITA) 293     Sweden 768
    Hans Aasnæs (NOR) 293     Egypt 768
Skeet
    Chester Crites (USA) 148 No team competition
    Kenneth Pendergrass (USA) 145
    B. Malmgren (SWE) 145

Running target eventsEdit

Individual Team
100 metre running deer, double shot
    D. Bobrun (URS) 213     Soviet Union 828
    Vitali Romanenko (URS) 206     Sweden 804
    Vladimir Sevryugin (URS) 206     Norway 757
100 metre running deer, single shot
    Vitali Romanenko (URS) 224     Soviet Union 857
    Rolf Bergersen (NOR) 221     Norway 824
    N. Prosorovsky (URS) 219     Sweden 824

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b All World Championship medalists Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine at the ISSF website
  2. ^ Hap Rocketto, The Art of Shooting[permanent dead link], p. 53
  3. ^ Shooting, Sports Illustrated, November 19, 1956
  4. ^ Rocketto, p. 55