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Bob Braithwaite

Full name: John Robert "Bob" Braithwaite
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: September 28, 1925 in Arnside, Cumbria, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Bob Braithwaite made his Olympic début in 1964 when he placed seventh in the Clay Pigeon shooting. Four years later, at the Games in Mexico City, he became the first Britain to win an Olympic shooting gold medal for 44 years. At the 1968 Olympics, Braithwaite, a 42-year-old veterinary surgeon, was in second place at the end of the first day but hit all hundred clays on the second day to take the Olympic title with a score of 198 points out of a possible 200. On the first day, Braithwaite missed only the fifth and thirteenth clay, so this meant that he scored 187 consecutive hits, an incredible achievement considering that the clays came from traps at any height and angle and at speeds in excess of 100 mph. His daughter, Norine, was a nationally ranked middle distance runner but did not succeed in making the Olympic team.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 39 Tokyo Shooting Men's Trap Great Britain GBR 7
1968 Summer 43 Ciudad de México Shooting Mixed Trap Great Britain GBR 1 Gold =WR

Mixed Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1968 Summer 43 Ciudad de México Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 198

Men's Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1964 Summer 39 Tokyo Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 192
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