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Sidney Merlin

Full name: Sidney Louis Walter Merlin
Gender: Male
Born: April 26, 1856 in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece
Died: 1952 in Athina, Attiki, Greece
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Shooting

Related Olympians: Uncle of Gerald Merlin.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Sidney Merlin was the only British marksman to take part in the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896 and ten years later he competed in all eleven individual shooting events at the 1906 Games. He won the gold medal in the clay pigeon, double shot, with 15 hits out of a possible 20 and he also won the bronze medal in the single shot event. The considerable fortune of the Merlin family and their native-born knowledge of the Greek language placed them among the leaders of Greek Society at the turn of the century. The family were substantial landowners and one of the main thoroughfares of Athens is still known as Merlin Street. Sidney Merlin married Zaira, the daughter of George Theotokis, the Greek Prime Minister, and when they were later divorced Zaira married Ioannis Rollis who, like his father-in-law, also became Prime Minister. Sidney Merlin and Gerald 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 in fact they were uncle and nephew.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Men's Military Pistol, 25 metres Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Men's Muzzle-Loading Pistol, 25 metres Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres Great Britain GBR AC
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Men's Military Rifle, 200 metres Great Britain GBR 10
1900 Summer 44 Paris Shooting Men's Trap Great Britain GBR 7T
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 25 metres Great Britain GBR 12
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres Great Britain GBR 23
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Military Revolver, 1873-1874 Gras Model, 20 metres Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Military Revolver, 20 metres Great Britain GBR 16
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Dueling Pistol Au Visé 20 metres Great Britain GBR 10
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Dueling Pistol Au Commandement, 25 metres Great Britain GBR 7
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Free Rifle, Any Position, 300 metres Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Military Rifle, 1873-1874 Gras Model, Kneeling Or Standing, 200 metres Great Britain GBR 7
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Military Rifle, Kneeling Or Standing, 300 metres Great Britain GBR 23
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Trap, Single Shot, 16 metres Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Men's Trap, Double Shot, 14 metres Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Free Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 30 227

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 29 177

Men's Military Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings

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

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings

Men's Military Revolver, 20 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 30 222

Men's Dueling Pistol Au Visé 20 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 30 207

Men's Dueling Pistol Au Commandement, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 23 103

Men's Muzzle-Loading Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings

Men's Free Rifle, Any Position, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings

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 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 28 166

Men's Military Rifle, Kneeling Or Standing, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 30 175

Men's Military Rifle, 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1896 Summer 39 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1,156

Men's Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1900 Summer 44 Paris Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 12

Men's Trap, Single Shot, 16 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 23

Men's Trap, Double Shot, 14 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1906 Summer 49 Athina Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 15
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