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Joe Benner

Full name: Huelet Leo "Joe" Benner
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: November 1, 1917 in Paragould, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 12, 1999 in Tampa, Florida, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Joe Benner can claim the top competitive record internationally of any American pistol shooter. In addition to his Olympic gold medal, he won three World Championships (1949, 1952, 1954), six National Championships, and won six gold medals at the Pan American Games – five of those in 1955 alone: 50 m pistol, 25 m centre fire pistol, 50 m pistol team (with John Forman and the non-Olympians John Dodds, Thomas Mitchell, and John Jagoda), 25 m rapid fire pistol team (with John Forman, Bill McMillan, and the non-Olympian Thomas Mitchell), and 25 m centre fire pistol team (with John Forman, Bill McMillan, and the non-Olympian John Jagoda). At the 1951 Pan American Games Benner had already won gold in 25 m rapid fire pistol and silver in 50 m pistol event.

He also coached the sport for 10 years at the U.S. Military Academy leading the cadets to an intercollegiate title during his tenure there. Joe Benner competed in two other Olympics, though not with the success he had in 1952. At the 1948 Olympics, he finished fourth in the free pistol event, despite having had troubles with his equipment in training. A week before the Olympics he was loaned a pistol by the manager of the U.S. team, Karl Frederick, and Benner used it in the Olympics. Though Benner was an Olympic neophyte in 1948, the gun was a veteran, having been used by Frederick in 1920 to win a gold medal.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 30 London Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres United States USA 4
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Shooting Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres United States USA 34
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres United States USA 11

Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS R1TH R2TH R1P R2P
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Shooting United States USA Final Standings 59 572 29 30 282 290

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1948 Summer 30 London Shooting United States USA Final Standings 539 88 84 90 93 94 90
1948 Summer 30 London Shooting United States USA Shoot-off for 2nd Place 58
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Shooting United States USA Final Standings 553 88 96 94 88 93 94
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Shooting United States USA Final Standings 537 82 85 91 95 89 95
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