Shooting at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre pistol
The men's 50 metre pistol was a shooting sports event held as part of the Shooting at the 1936 Summer Olympics programme. It was the sixth appearance of the event. The competition was held on 6 and 7 August 1936 at the shooting ranges at Wannsee. 43 shooters from 19 nations competed. Nations were limited to three shooters each, as they had been for all individual shooting events since the 1932 Games. The event was won by Torsten Ullman of Sweden, the nation's first free pistol medal. Erich Krempel of Germany took silver (that nation's first medal in the event as well). Charles des Jammonières's bronze was France's first medal in the free pistol since 1900.
|Men's 50 metre pistol|
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
|Venue||Wannsee, Berlin, Germany|
|Competitors||43 from 19 nations|
|Winning score||559 WR|
This was the sixth appearance of what would become standardised as the men's ISSF 50 meter pistol event. The event was held at every Summer Olympics from 1896 to 1920 (except 1904, when no shooting events were held) and from 1936 to 2016; it was nominally open to women from 1968 to 1980, although very few women participated these years. 1896 and 1908 were the only Games in which the distance was not 50 metres; the former used 30 metres and the latter 50 yards.
Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Monaco, the Philippines, Portugal, and Romania each made their debut in the event. Greece and the United States each made their fifth appearance, tied for most of any nation.
Ullman used an Udo Anschütz Record 210.
The competition had each shooter fire 60 shots, in 10 series of 6 shots each, at a distance of 50 metres. The target was round, 50 centimetres in diameter, with 10 scoring rings. Scoring for each shot was up to 10 points, in increments of 1 point. The maximum score possible was 600 points. Any pistol was permitted. "Glasses" could not be attached. The time limit for the full 60 shots was two hours. Ties were broken first by hits, then by bulls-eyes (7s and above), then by 10s, then by 9s, etc., then by closest to center of the last shot.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Torsten Ullman (SWE)||547||1935|
|Olympic record||Karl Röderer (SUI)||503||Paris, France||1 August 1900|
The top 33 shooters broke the 36-year-old Olympic record, with the 34th tying it. Erich Krempel held the new Olympic record at the end of the first day, but Torsten Ullman had not shot yet. Ullman competed on the second day, breaking the world record by 12 points.
On 6 August, the shooters from Argentina, Chile, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, USA, and Germany started. On the following day the shooters of all other countries competed. The competition started on both days at 8 a.m.
On the first day it was dry with fairly overcast sky. The wind influenced the competition at times during the morning. On the second day it was sunny in the morning and fairly overcast in the afternoon. In general the weather was warmer and there was no wind.
|Thursday, 6 August 1936
Friday, 7 August 1936
|Rank||Shooter||Nation||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Total|
|Charles des Jammonières||France||91||92||86||91||90||90||540|
|6||Elliott Jones||United States||92||90||83||92||90||89||536|
|17||William Riedell||United States||82||87||85||89||84||92||519|
|25||Harvey Dias Villela||Brazil||82||84||87||87||85||90||515|
|31||Paul Van Asbroeck||Belgium||90||86||87||71||89||87||510|
|33||Ralph Marshall||United States||91||87||84||82||83||78||505|
- "Shooting at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
- Official Report, vol. 2, p. 818.
- "Historical Results". issf-sports.org. Internatinal Shooting Sport Federation. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Free Pistol, 50 Metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Official Report, p. 821.