Dueling at the 1908 Olympics involved wax bullets and elaborate protection

Duelling was a sport at the 1906 Olympics and 1908 Olympics.

In the 1906 Olympics, male competitors fired duelling pistols at plaster dummies from 20m and 30m.[1]

In the 1908 Olympics, duelling was a demonstration sport, and featured two male competitors firing at each other with duelling pistols loaded with wax bullets and wearing protective equipment for the torso, face, and hands.[1][2]

1906 medal summaryEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
20 m duelling pistol   Léon Moreaux (FRA)   Cesare Liverziani (ITA)   Maurice Lecoq (FRA)
30 m duelling pistol   Konstantinos Skarlatos (GRE)   Johan Hübner von Holst (SWE)   Vilhelm Carlberg (SWE)


  1. ^ a b Jonathan Gottschall (15 March 2016). The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. Penguin Publishing Group. pp. 42–. ISBN 978-0-14-310805-4.
  2. ^ Nigel McCrery (19 October 2016). The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in The Great War. Pen and Sword. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-1-4738-7801-3.