Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's trap

The men's trap was a shooting sports event held as part of the Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event. The competition was held on 23 and 24 July 1920 and 18 shooters from seven nations competed.[1] The United States swept the podium (indeed, the five Americans took the top five places); it was the second sweep in the men's trap (France had done it in 1900). Mark Arie took the gold medal, the second consecutive victory by an American. Frank Troeh earned silver, while Frank Wright finished with bronze. Arie also received Lord Westbury's Cup, a challenge prize previously awarded in 1908 and 1912 to the winners of those years' men's trap competitions.[2]

Men's trap
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
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VenueHoogboom Military Camp
Dates23–24 July
Competitors18 from 7 nations
Winning score95
1st place, gold medalist(s) Mark Arie  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Frank Troeh  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Frank Wright  United States
← 1912
1924 →


This was the fourth appearance of what would become standardised as the men's ISSF Olympic trap event. The event was held at every Summer Olympics from 1896 to 1924 (except 1904, when no shooting events were held) and from 1952 to 2016; it was open to women from 1968 to 1996.[3]

None of the top shooters from the pre-war 1912 Games returned. The American team included Mark Arie, "one of the most colorful and popular shooters in American history."[2]

No nations made their debut in the event. Great Britain made its fourth appearance, the only nation to have competed at each edition of the event to that point.

Competition formatEdit

Shooter faced up to 100 clay pigeons over the course of four stages. The firing line was 15 metres away from the traps. Two shots were allowed per clay pigeon.[2]

The first stage consisted of 35 targets. The top 50% of shooters advanced to the second stage. That stage had 35 targets again. The top 50% of shooters by combined score of the two stages advanced to the third stage (that is, 25% of the initial starters). The third stage had 20 targets. Each of the first three stages used a known-trap, unknown-angle format. The fourth stage had only 10 targets, with an unknown trap.[2]


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

World record '
Olympic record   James Graham (USA) 96 Stockholm, Sweden 2–4 July 1912

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.


Date Time Round
Friday, 23 July 1920
Saturday, 24 July 1920
9:30 First stage
Second stage
Third stage
Final stage


The maximum score was 100.

Rank Shooter Nation Score
  Mark Arie   United States 95
  Frank Troeh   United States 93
  Frank Wright   United States 87
4 Frederick Plum   United States 87
5 Horace Bonser   United States 87
6 Robert Montgomery   Canada 86
7 Nordal Lunde   Norway 85
Henri Quersin   Belgium 85
9 Albert Bosquet   Belgium 84
Émile Dupont   Belgium 84
11 William Hamilton   Canada 82
12 George Whitaker   Great Britain 79
George Beattie   Canada 73
Samuel Vance   Canada 71
John Black   Canada 52
Enoch Jenkins   Great Britain unknown
Veli Nieminen   Finland unknown
Christiaan Moltzer   Netherlands unknown


  1. ^ "Shooting at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Trap". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Trap, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Historical Results". International Shooting Sport Federation. Retrieved 11 June 2021.

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