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Gil Boa

Full name: Gilmour Stuart "Gil" Boa
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: August 8, 1924 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: September 7, 1973 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

One of Canada’s greatest sport shooters and the son of James Boa, an international sport shooter, Gil Boa was already making the news for his shooting skills at the age of 13. He attended his first of five Summer Olympics in 1952, where his best result was fourth in the 50 metre rifle, prone. In that event, he found himself in a three-way tie for the bronze medal with Art Jackson of the United States and Erich Spörer of Germany, each having scored 399 out of a total of 400 points. Boa and Jackson had more hits in the center ring than Spörer, which was the first tie breaker, but the judges determined that Jackson had been the more accurate shot and awarded him the bronze. Boa’s biggest success came in 1954, when he set a world record (598 out of 600) and won the 50+100 m rifle, prone event at the World Championships, Canada’s only medal at the tournament. Two years later he was back at the Olympics and again tied for bronze, now sharing that distinction with 1952 gold medalist Iosif Sîrbu of Romania, as well as Sándor Krebs of Hungary, Erling Kongshaug of Norway, and Otakar Hořínek of Czechoslovakia. This time, however, the judges decided in his favor and Boa stood on the podium with his countryman Gerry Ouellette, who had won the gold medal despite sharing a rifle with Boa.

Boa attended three more editions of the Summer Olympics, in 1960, 1964, and 1972, but only came close to the podium in the 50 m rifle, prone event at the 1964 Games, where he was again fourth (although not by virtue of a tie-breaker). He also served as his nation’s flagbearer in the Opening Ceremony of those Olympics. He captured gold in the small bore rifle event at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, but only managed sixth in the 50 m rifle, prone at the 1967 Pan American Games. Four years later, however, he participated in arguably his most successful major international tournament, the 1971 Pan American Games, where he took silver in the 50 m rifle, prone and bronze in the 50 m rifle prone team. He likely had many competitive years left in him after the Munich Olympics, but he died of a brain hemorrhage in September 1973, at the age of only 49. He has been inducted into the Canadian Olympic and Canada’s Sports Halls of Fame.

Results

Mixed Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1972 Summer 48 München Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 590 95 98 99 100 99 99

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS SP KP PP
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 1,053 322 359 372

Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS CH SP KP PP R1P R2P R3P R4P
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 1,133 41 349 385 399
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 1,159 368 391 400
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Shooting Canada CAN Prone 400 100 100 100 100
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Shooting Canada CAN Kneeling 391 98 100 97 96
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Shooting Canada CAN Standing 368 94 93 88 93
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 1,077
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Final Round 1,077 331 358 388
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Final Round Prone 388 97 99 98 94
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Final Round Kneeling 358 84 91 93 90
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Final Round Standing 331 76 81 86 88
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Group Two 538 153 190 195
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Group Two Prone 195 97 98
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Group Two Kneeling 190 93 97
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Group Two Standing 153 75 78
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 1,100 336 371 393
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Shooting Canada CAN Prone 393 97 98 99 99
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Shooting Canada CAN Kneeling 371 92 90 92 97
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Shooting Canada CAN Standing 336 87 79 89 81

Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS CH R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 399 28 100 100 100 99
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 598 99 100 100 100 100 99
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 584
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Final Round 584 95 98 96 99 98 98
1960 Summer 36 Roma Shooting Canada CAN Qualifying Round Group One 386 97 96 94 99
1964 Summer 40 Tokyo Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 595 100 98 98 100 99 100
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