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Lanny Bassham

Full name: Lanny Robert Bassham
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: January 2, 1947 in Comanche, Texas, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Lanny Bassham served his apprenticeship at the 1972 Olympics when he took the silver medal behind fellow American, John Writer. But at Montreal in 1976 he won his gold medal only after he tied for first place with the United State’s Margaret Murdock. Bassham graciously asked the Union Internationale de Tir that two gold medals be awarded but the rules stated that an examination of the targets was in order and it gave Bassham sole possession of the gold medal. At the awards ceremony, he refused to stand on the top step by himself and had Mrs. Murdock accompany him there while the U.S. flag was raised and our national anthem played in the background. Bassham was not an undeserving champion. He was a world champion in both 1974 and 1978, won three gold medals at the Pan-American Games, won 22 national championships and set over 35 national or world shooting records. Lanny Bassham was later briefly director of shooting for the U.S. Olympic shooting team. He later started his own company teaching courses in mental management for businessman and athletes, notably several professional golfers. As a hobby, he also raises registered quarter horses.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting Mixed Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres United States USA 7
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Shooting Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres United States USA 1 Gold

Mixed Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS PP KP SP R1P R2P R3P R4P
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Final Standings 1,144 389 387 368
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Prone 389 98 96 97 98
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Kneeling 387 96 96 97 98
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Standing 368 92 94 89 93

Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS PP KP SP R1P R2P R3P R4P
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Final Standings 1,157 390 392 375
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Prone 390 97 97 99 97
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Kneeling 375 92 95 95 93
1972 Summer 25 München Shooting United States USA Standing 392 97 100 97 98
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Shooting United States USA Final Standings 1,162 397 392 373
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Shooting United States USA Prone 397 99 100 98 100
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Shooting United States USA Kneeling 392 98 96 100 98
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Shooting United States USA Standing 373 91 94 94 94