Shooting at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol

The men's ISSF 25 meter rapid fire pistol was a shooting sports event held as part of the Shooting at the 1964 Summer Olympics programme. It was the 12th appearance of the event. The competition was held on 19 October 1964 at the Camp Asaka shooting ranges in Tokyo. 53 shooters from 34 nations competed.[1] Nations had been limited to two shooters each since the 1952 Games. The event was won by Pentti Linnosvuo of Finland, the nation's first victory in the event. Linnosvuo was the fourth man to win multiple medals in the event, adding to his 1960 silver; it was his fourth straight Games finishing in the top 5 of the event. Ion Tripșa of Romania took silver, putting that nation back on the podium after a one-Games absence. Czechoslovakia's first rapid fire pistol medal came in the form of Lubomír Nácovský's bronze.

Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Pentti Linnosvuo 1964.jpg
Pentti Linnosvuo
VenueCamp Asaka
Date19 October
Competitors53 from 34 nations
Winning score592 OR
1st place, gold medalist(s) Pentti Linnosvuo
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Ion Tripșa
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lubomír Nácovský
← 1960
(mixed) →


This was the 12th appearance of what had been standardised in 1948 as the men's ISSF 25 meter rapid fire pistol event, the only event on the 2020 programme that traces back to 1896.[2] The event has been held at every Summer Olympics except 1904 and 1928 (when no shooting events were held) and 1908; it was nominally open to women from 1968 to 1980, although very few women participated these years. There is no women's equivalent on the Olympic programme, as of 2021.[3][4] The first five events were quite different, with some level of consistency finally beginning with the 1932 event—which, though it had differences from the 1924 competition, was roughly similar. The 1936 competition followed the 1932 one quite closely.[5] The post-World War II event substantially altered the competition once again.[6]

The top four of the top 10 shooters from 1960 returned: gold medalist William McMillan of the United States, silver medalist (and top five finisher in both 1952 and 1956) Pentti Linnosvuo of Finland, bronze medalist Aleksandr Zabelin of the Soviet Union, and fourth-place finisher Hansruedi Schneider of Switzerland. Zabelin was the reigning (1962) world championship, with he his countryman and runner-up Igor Bakalov making up a formidable Soviet team in Tokyo. Szilárd Kun of Hungary, the 1952 silver medalist, also made a return to Olympic competition.

Kenya and Malaysia each made their debut in the event. The United States made its 10th appearance in the event, most of any nation.

Competition formatEdit

The competition format followed the 1948 format, now very close to the modern rapid fire pistol competition after significant variation before World War II. Each shooter fired 60 shots. These were done in two courses of 30; each course consisted of two stages of 15; each stage consisted of three series of 5. In each stage, the time limit for each series was 8 seconds for the first, 6 seconds for the second, and 4 seconds for the third.

A holdover from the previous Games was that full-body silhouettes, rather than round targets, continued to be used; however, scoring rings had been added so that now each shot was scored up to 10 rather than being strictly hit or miss.

One change from 1948–1956 was that hits were no longer the primary measurement of success. As in 1960, ranking was done by score, regardless of hits.[2][7]


Prior to the competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.[7]

World record   Aleksandr Kropotin (URS) 595 1963
Olympic record   Ștefan Petrescu (ROU) 587 Melbourne, Australia 4–5 December 1956

The top seven shooters beat the Olympic record, with the 8th through 10th place finishers matching it. Pentti Linnosvuo finished with the new record at 592 points.


Date Time Round
Monday, 19 October 1964 9:30
Course 1
Course 2


Rank Shooter Nation Score Notes
  Pentti Linnosvuo   Finland 592 OR
  Ion Tripșa   Romania 591
  Lubomír Nácovský   Czechoslovakia 590
4 Hans Albrecht   Switzerland 590
5 Szilárd Kun   Hungary 589
6 Marcel Roșca   Romania 588
7 Igor Bakalov   Soviet Union 588
8 Kanji Kubo   Japan 587
9 Ladislav Falta   Czechoslovakia 587
10 Tony Clark   Great Britain 587
11 Hansruedi Schneider   Switzerland 586
12 Bill McMillan   United States 586
13 Lothar Jacobi   United Team of Germany 585
14 Jean Renaux   France 584
15 Józef Zapędzki   Poland 584
16 Aleksandr Zabelin   Soviet Union 584
17 Edwin Teague   United States 583
18 Dencho Denev   Bulgaria 582
19 Michael Papps   Australia 582
20 Tibor Gonczol   Australia 581
21 Alkiviadis Papageorgopoulos   Greece 581
22 William Hare   Canada 579
23 Gábor Balla   Hungary 579
24 Osamu Ochiai   Japan 579
25 Stig Berntsson   Sweden 578
26 Gerhard Feller   United Team of Germany 577
27 Kalle Sievänen   Finland 576
28 Manuel José Fernández   Argentina 576
29 Nicolaus Zwetnow   Norway 576
30 Sumol Sumontame   Thailand 575
31 Giovanni Liverzani   Italy 574
32 Juan Carlos Oxoby   Argentina 574
33 Juan Thomas   Spain 574
34 Guillermo Cornejo   Peru 573
35 Taweesak Kasiwat   Thailand 571
36 Ugo Amicosante   Italy 570
37 Leon Lyon   Puerto Rico 570
38 Alan Bray   Great Britain 569
39 Lee Jong-hyeon   South Korea 565
40 José-Antonio Chalbaud   Venezuela 565
41 Álvaro Clopatofsky   Colombia 560
42 Abdallah Zohdy   Egypt 555
43 Armando López-Torres   Peru 553
44 Leonard Bull   Kenya 553
45 José Manuel Carpinteiro   Portugal 552
46 Park Nam-gyu   South Korea 552
47 Garfield McMahon   Canada 551
48 Horacio Miranda   Philippines 548
49 Hav Abdur Rashid   Pakistan 538
50 Paterno Miranda   Philippines 535
51 Alan Handford-Rice   Kenya 515
52 Loh Ah Chee   Malaysia 495
53 Ma Chen-shan   Taiwan 482


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  3. ^ "Shooting". Olympedia. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
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  5. ^ "Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres, Men (1936)". Olympedia. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres, Men (1948)". Olympedia. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  7. ^ a b Official Report, vol. 2, p. 611.