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Malcolm Cooper

Full name: Malcolm Douglas Cooper
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: December 20, 1947 in Camberley, Surrey, Great Britain
Died: June 9, 2001 in Eastergate, West Sussex, Great Britain
Affiliations: Havant Rifle and Pistol Club, Havant (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Shooting

Related Olympians: Husband of Sarah Cooper.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Malcolm Cooper first took up shooting as a 14-year-old in New Zealand, where his father was stationed as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. He soon earned a place in the Auckland City team and when he returned to New England, after three years in New Zealand, he immediately established himself as a marksman of county standard. From then on Cooper progressed steadily to become the finest small-bore rifle shot in the world. After placing 18th at both the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, Cooper missed the 1980 Games in Moscow because of the boycott by the British shooting team but in 1984 he won the gold medal by ten clear points. He repeated his victory at Seoul in 1988 although this time he only had one point to spare over his teammate Alister Allan. Apart from his two Olympic gold medals, Cooper established himself as the best in the world with numerous wins at the World and European championships. Possibly the outstanding performances came from the 1985 European championships when he won all five individual titles and at the 1986 World Championships when he set five world records. In all, Cooper has set 17 world records and shooting is now his full time occupation. His wife, Sarah, was also a member of the Olympic shooting team in 1988 and together they ran a shooting supplies business in Hayling Island, Accuracy International. An MBE recipient, Cooper died of cancer at age 54.

Results

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 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1,139 391 387 361
1972 Summer 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Prone 391 97 99 99 96
1972 Summer 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Kneeling 387 97 97 97 96
1972 Summer 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Standing 361 91 91 93 86

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 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1,141 394 383 364
1972 Summer 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Prone 394 100 98 99 97
1972 Summer 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Kneeling 364 93 89 93 89
1972 Summer 24 München Shooting Great Britain GBR Standing 383 96 98 97 92
1976 Summer 28 Montréal Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1,140 392 383 365
1976 Summer 28 Montréal Shooting Great Britain GBR Prone 392 98 97 97 100
1976 Summer 28 Montréal Shooting Great Britain GBR Kneeling 383 92 96 97 98
1976 Summer 28 Montréal Shooting Great Britain GBR Standing 365 91 91 90 93

Men's Air Rifle, 10 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1984 Summer 36 Los Angeles Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 579 99 98 97 98 94 93

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

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS PP KP SP R1P R2P R3P R4P TP PRP FRP
1984 Summer 36 Los Angeles Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1,173 397 395 381
1984 Summer 36 Los Angeles Shooting Great Britain GBR Prone 397 100 99 100 98
1984 Summer 36 Los Angeles Shooting Great Britain GBR Kneeling 395 99 99 99 98
1984 Summer 36 Los Angeles Shooting Great Britain GBR Standing 381 96 93 94 98
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1,279.3
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Round 1,279.3 1,180 99.3
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Preliminary Round 1,180 400 393 387
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Preliminary Round Prone 400 100 100 100 100
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Preliminary Round Kneeling 393 99 97 99 98
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Preliminary Round Standing 387 97 94 97 99

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

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TP PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 592
1988 Summer 40 Seoul Shooting Great Britain GBR Preliminary Round 592 100 99 98 99 98 98
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