Shooting at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 300 metre free rifle, three positions

The men's 300 m rifle three positions was a shooting sports event held as part of the shooting at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third appearance of the event, which had been introduced in 1900. The competition was held on Tuesday, 2 July 1912.[1] Eighty-four sport shooters from nine nations competed. The event was won by Paul Colas of France, the nation's first medal in the event. Denmark took the silver and bronze medals, as Lars Jørgen Madsen (in his third time competing in the event) finished second and Niels Larsen placed third.

Men's 300 metre free rifle, three positions
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Paul Colas.JPG
Paul Colas
VenueKaknäs
Date2 July
Competitors84 from 9 nations
Winning score987 OR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Paul Colas
 France
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Lars Jørgen Madsen
 Denmark
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Niels Larsen
 Denmark
← 1908
1920 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the third appearance of the men's 300 metre three-positions rifle event, which was held 11 times between 1900 and 1972.[2][3] Lars Jørgen Madsen of Denmark, who had taken fifth in 1900 and 14th in 1908, was competing once again. Other veterans of the 1908 Games competing again included the four Norwegians from the top 10 in 1908: gold medalist Albert Helgerud, bronze medalist Ole Sæther, sixth-place finisher Julius Braathe, and ninth-place finisher Olaf Sæther. Léon Johnson of France, the eighth-place finisher, also returned. None of the world champions competed.[4]

Russia and South Africa made their debut in the event. Denmark, France, and Norway each made their third appearance, the only nations to have competed at every appearance of the event to date.

Competition formatEdit

The competition had each shooter fire 120 shots, 40 shots in each of three positions: prone, kneeling, and standing. The target was 1 metre in diameter, with 10 scoring rings; targets were set at a distance of 300 metres. Thus, the maximum score possible was 1200 points. Any rifle could be used, with an open fore sight and open back sight; any ammunition could be used. Ties were broken by hits on targets, then centre hits, then 10s, then 9s, etc.[4][5]

RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record
Olympic record   Emil Kellenberger (SUI) 930 Paris, France 5 August 1900

The top ten shooters in 1912 broke the Olympic record. Paul Colas ended with the new record, at 987 points.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 2 July 1912 11:00
16:00
Final

ResultsEdit

Rank Shooter Nation Total Notes
  Paul Colas   France 987 OR
  Lars Jørgen Madsen   Denmark 981
  Niels Larsen   Denmark 962
4 Hugo Johansson   Sweden 959
5 Gudbrand Skatteboe   Norway 956
6 Bernhard Larsson   Sweden 954
7 Albert Helgerud   Norway 952
8 Tönnes Björkman   Sweden 947
9 Ole Sæther   Norway 941
10 Erik Blomqvist   Sweden 932
11 Gustaf Adolf Jonsson   Sweden 928
12 Ole Olsen   Denmark 926
13 Voitto Kolho   Finland 923
14 Mauritz Eriksson   Sweden 922
15 Einar Liberg   Norway 921
16 Christian Tauson   Denmark 921
17 Carl Osburn   United States 915
18 Olaf Sæther   Norway 914
19 Gustav Nyman   Finland 913
20 Werner Jernström   Sweden 912
21 Cornelius Burdette   United States 912
22 Paul Vighals   Norway 911
23 Østen Østensen   Norway 911
24 Léon Johnson   France 908
25 Heikki Huttunen   Finland 906
26 Thomas Refsum   Norway 905
27 Olaf Husby   Norway 905
28 Harry Adams   United States 903
29 Julius Braathe   Norway 900
30 Arne Sunde   Norway 900
31 Engebret Skogen   Norway 899
32 Warren Sprout   United States 896
33 Laurits Larsen   Denmark 894
34 Carl Björkman   Sweden 888
35 Allan Briggs   United States 888
36 Harold Bartlett   United States 884
37 Robert Jonsson   Sweden 875
38 Frederick Hird   United States 875
39 Huvi Tuiskunen   Finland 875
40 George Harvey   South Africa 874
41 Vilho Vauhkonen   Finland 870
42 August Wikström   Sweden 870
43 Nils Skog   Sweden 869
44 Louis Percy   France 868
45 Auguste Marion   France 868
46 Frants Nielsen   Denmark 851
47 Anders Peter Nielsen   Denmark 849
48 Per-Olof Arvidsson   Sweden 839
49 Emil Holm   Finland 835
50 Emil Bömches   Hungary 828
51 Robert Patterson   South Africa 810
52 Hans Schultz   Denmark 808
53 Raoul de Boigne   France 806
54 Teotan Lebedev   Russia 806
55 Robert Bodley   South Africa 806
56 Ernest Keeley   South Africa 800
57 Lauri Kolho   Finland 787
58 Dmitry Kuskov   Russia 780
59 Jalo Autonen   Finland 776
60 Povl Gerlow   Denmark 772
61 George Whelan   South Africa 762
62 Pavel de Valdayne   Russia 758
63 Athanase Sartori   France 754
64 Arthur Smith   South Africa 752
65 Boris Belinsky   Russia 746
66 Aleksandr Tillo   Russia 744
67 Albert Johnstone   South Africa 741
68 Konstantin Kalinin   Russia 736
69 Zoltán Jelenffy   Hungary 718
70 Charles Jeffreys   South Africa 715
71 Pavel Lesh   Russia 713
72 Rezső Velez   Hungary 712
73 Osvald Rechke   Russia 699
74 László Hauler   Hungary 677
75 Aladár von Farkas   Hungary 653
76 Georgy de Davydov   Russia 635
77 Dāvids Veiss   Russia 623
78 Aleksandr Dobrzhansky   Russia 463
Hans Denver   Denmark DNF
Pierre Gentil   France DNF
Jens Hajslund   Denmark DNF
Géza Mészöly   Hungary DNF
István Prihoda   Hungary DNF
Nestori Toivonen   Finland DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shooting at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Historical Results". ISSF. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  3. ^ The event was open to women in 1968 and 1972.
  4. ^ a b "Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  5. ^ Official Report, p. 1058.

External linksEdit

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.). (ed.). The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 26 January 2007.