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Gerald Merlin

Full name: Gerald Eustace Merlin
Gender: Male
Born: August 3, 1884 in Athina, Attiki, Greece
Died: 1945 in [unknown], Unknown, India
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Shooting

Related Olympians: Nephew of Sidney Merlin.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Although Greek-born and a resident of Athens, Gerald Merlin was of British parentage and elected to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games. There were eleven separate individual shooting competitions at the 1906 Olympics and Gerald Merlin took part in ten of them. Apart from his medals in the clay pigeon events, his best performance was in the dueling pistol at 25 metres where he finished fourth shooting at dummies dressed in frock coats. In 1906 the clay pigeon, single shot, competition consisted of 30 clays from four traps at a distance of 16 metres and as Merlin and Ioannis Peridis of Greece each hit 24 clays, a shoot-off was necessary. Peridis was the first to make a mistake when he missed the fourth clay and the gold medal went to Gerald Merlin. One of Merlin’s infrequent visits to England coincided with the 1908 Olympic Games when he took the opportunity to defend his Olympic title but he was not successful and finished in 19th place. Gerald Merlin and Sidney Merlin are invariably referred to as brothers but this is not correct. A search of the British Consular Birth Register reveals that Gerald was the son of Charles E. P. Merlin and his wife Irene (nee Stournare) whereas Sidney was the son of the British Vice-Consul for Athens, Charles L. W. Merlin and his wife Isabella (née Green). However, they were certainly related and were, in all probability, cousins.

Results

Men's Free Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 30 203

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 28 151

Men's Military Revolver, 1873-1874 Gras Model, 20 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 28 162

Men's Military Revolver, 20 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 29 191

Men's Dueling Pistol Au Visé 20 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 29 191

Men's Dueling Pistol Au Commandement, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 26 111

Men's Free Rifle, Any Position, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 30 188

Men's Military Rifle, 1873-1874 Gras Model, Kneeling Or Standing, 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 26 169

Men's Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS S1P S2P S3P
1908 Summer 23 London Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 45 18 10 17

Men's Trap, Single Shot, 16 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS SO
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 24 4/4

Men's Trap, Double Shot, 14 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1906 Summer 21 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 12
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