Shooting at the 1920 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 programs at the 1920 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the 300 metre rifle three positions event at an Olympic Games. The competition was held on 31 July 1920, with 70 shooters from 14 nations competing.[1] The event was won by Morris Fisher of the United States, the nation's first victory in the event. Niels Larsen of Denmark earned silver (the first man to win multiple medals in the event, adding to his 1912 bronze), while Østen Østensen of Norway took bronze.

Men's 300 metre free rifle, three positions
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics, Norvegian team.jpg
Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics
VenueBeverloo Camp
Date31 July
Competitors70 from 14 nations
Winning score996 OR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Morris Fisher
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Niels Larsen
 Denmark
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Østen Østensen
 Norway
← 1912
1948 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the fourth appearance of the men's 300 metre three-positions rifle event, which was held 11 times between 1900 and 1972.[2][3] Seven of the top 10 shooters from 1912 returned: gold medalist Paul Colas of France, silver medalist Lars Jørgen Madsen of Denmark (who had also competed in 1900 and 1908), bronze medalist Niels Larsen of Denmark, fourth-place finisher Hugo Johansson of Sweden, fifth-place finisher Gudbrand Skatteboe of Norway, seventh-place finisher (and 1908 gold medalist) Albert Helgerud of Norway, and tenth-place finisher Erik Blomqvist of Sweden.[4]

Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, and Spain made their debut in the event. Denmark, France, and Norway each made their fourth appearance, the only nations to have competed at every appearance of the event to date.

Participating nations and athletesEdit

The scores are only known for the shooters of the best eight nations, and so according to sports-reference.com 40 shooters from 8 nations participated in this event.[1] However the scores for the Men's team free rifle uses the scores from this event (the summed score of the five athletes form each nation). Because these events were contested concurrently, shooters that competed in the team event should have competed automatically in this event. In that case 5 athletes from Italy, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Czechoslovakia and South Africa would also have competed in this event, making 70 athletes from 14 nations.[5]

Competition formatEdit

The competition had each shooter fire 120 shots, 40 shots in each of three positions: prone, standing, and kneeling (with sitting permitted instead in 1920). 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. As in 1900 (but not 1908 or 1912), the scores for each individual were summed to give a team score.[4]

RecordsEdit

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

World record '
Olympic record   Paul Colas (FRA) 987 Stockholm, Sweden 2 July 1912

The top two shooters in 1920 broke the Olympic record. Morris Fisher ended with the new record, at 996 points; Niels Larsen had 989.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
Saturday, 31 July 1920 Final

ResultsEdit

The scores are only known for the shooters of the best eight nations. The maximum score was 1200. The scores of this event were summed to the result of the team free rifle competition.

Rank Shooter Nation Score Notes
Prone Standing Kneeling[6] Total
  Morris Fisher   United States 347 288 361 996 OR
  Niels Larsen   Denmark 328 320 341 989
  Østen Østensen   Norway 347 309 324 980
4 Carl Osburn   United States 353 280 347 980
5 Gudbrand Skatteboe   Norway 351 294 330 975
Lloyd Spooner   United States 341 306 328 975
7 Voitto Kolho   Finland 357 301 316 974
Mauritz Eriksson   Sweden 347 294 333 974
9–70 Vilho Vauhkonen   Finland 336 295 335 966
Willis Augustus Lee   United States 341 277 347 965
Fritz Kuchen   Switzerland 329 307 325 961
Hugo Johansson   Sweden 345 282 334 961
Dennis Fenton   United States 351 267 342 960
Gustave Amoudruz   Switzerland 323 287 349 959
Albert Helgerud   Norway 337 302 316 955
Lars Jørgen Madsen   Denmark 324 307 320 951
Werner Schneeberger   Switzerland 352 269 326 947
Kalle Lappalainen   Finland 347 270 328 945
Gerard van den Bergh   Netherlands Unknown 939
Veli Nieminen   Finland 338 263 333 934
Olaf Sletten   Norway 317 303 310 930
Achille Paroche   France 339 261 329 929
Ulrich Fahrner   Switzerland 338 264 323 925
Erik Blomqvist   Sweden 345 272 307 924
Peter Petersen   Denmark 324 303 296 923
Georges Roes   France 322 274 313 909
Antonius Bouwens   Netherlands Unknown 909
Otto Olsen   Norway 343 283 282 908
Bernard Siegenthaler   Switzerland 306 282 318 906
André Parmentier   France 313 297 295 905
Niels Laursen   Denmark 294 280 329 903
Viktor Knutsson   Sweden 303 278 315 896
Paul Colas   France 338 260 295 893
Anton Andersen   Denmark 285 301 292 878
Jan Brussaard   Netherlands Unknown 866
Albert Regnier   France 320 241 289 850
Magnus Wegelius   Finland 320 236 293 849
Herman Bouwens   Netherlands Unknown 841
Leon Lagerlöf   Sweden 300 261 275 836
Cornelis van Dalen   Netherlands Unknown 828
Alfredo Galli   Italy Unknown
Raffaele Frasca   Italy Unknown
Peppy Campus   Italy Unknown
Franco Micheli   Italy Unknown
Ricardo Ticchi   Italy Unknown
Robert Bodley   South Africa Unknown
Fred Morgan   South Africa Unknown
Mark Paxton   South Africa Unknown
David Smith   South Africa Unknown
George Harvey   South Africa Unknown
José Bento   Spain Unknown
Antonio Bonilla   Spain Unknown
Domingo Rodríguez   Spain Unknown
Luis Calvet   Spain Unknown
Antonio Moreira   Spain Unknown
Paul Van Asbroeck   Belgium Unknown
Conrad Adriaenssens   Belgium Unknown
Arthur Balbaert   Belgium Unknown
Joseph Haesaerts   Belgium Unknown
François Heyens   Belgium Unknown
Alexandros Vrasivanopoulos   Greece Unknown
Alexandros Theofilakis   Greece Unknown
Ioannis Theofilakis   Greece Unknown
Georgios Moraitinis   Greece Unknown
Iason Sappas   Greece Unknown
Rudolf Jelen   Czechoslovakia Unknown
Josef Sucharda   Czechoslovakia Unknown
Václav Kindl   Czechoslovakia Unknown
Josef Linert   Czechoslovakia Unknown
Antonín Brych   Czechoslovakia Unknown

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Shooting at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 December 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. ^ "Shooting at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  6. ^ Or sitting.

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