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Ian Ballinger

Full name: Ian Roy Ballinger
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: October 21, 1925 in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Died: December 24, 2008 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Affiliations: Sydenham Sportsmen's Association
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Ian Ballinger was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic shooting medal and still the only one, thru 2008. He was descended from New Zealand’s premier shooting family, as his distant descendant, Colonel William Ballinger, donated The Ballinger Belt for rifle shooting in 1879. It was won three times by Arthur Ballinger in 1893, 1897, and 1907. Ian Ballinger won the belt in 1969, and in 1996, his son, Graeme Ballinger, won the Ballinger Belt. In addition to his Olympic performances, Ian Ballinger competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1974 and 1978. Ballinger’s began his business career in sporting goods, but then started Brons and Ballinger (with Maurie Brons), a business selling firearms. Ballinger bought out Brons in 1961, forming Ian Ballinger Ltd., and managed it until his retirement in 1981, after which it was run by his son-in-law.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 42 Ciudad de México Shooting Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres New Zealand NZL 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 46 München Shooting Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres New Zealand NZL 46
1976 Summer 50 Montréal Shooting Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres New Zealand NZL 20T

Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1968 Summer 42 Ciudad de México Shooting New Zealand NZL Final Standings 597 98 100 100 99 100 100
1972 Summer 46 München Shooting New Zealand NZL Final Standings 591 98 100 100 100 97 96
1976 Summer 50 Montréal Shooting New Zealand NZL Final Standings 590 100 98 100 94 98 100