Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Bisley Rifle Range, Bisley
Date Started: July 9, 1908
Date Finished: July 10, 1908
Format: 110 yards. 20 shots in ten runs of the deer, two per run. 80 possible.
This event started on 9 July and all but finished on that day as well. But Walter Winans and Ted Ranken tied for first place with 46 and it was too dark for them to shoot off the tie. They did so the next day, with Winans winning.
Winans was an American who had been born in Russia of American parents but lived most of his life in England. His eligibility was questioned and he had to swear his allegiance to the U.S. Consul General in England and expressed his intention to return to the United States after the Olympics and eventually resume his duties of citizenship. To our knowledge, this never occurred. It is not recorded that Winans ever set foot in the United States. He was a renowned equestrian sculptor, exhibiting 14 times at the British Royal Academy.
July 10, 1908 turned out to be quite a day for Walter Winans. Just after winning the shoot-off he received two envelopes. The first contained a telegram announcing that his horses had won three firsts, two seconds, and five thirds at the English Royal Counties Show. The other was a cablegram from Vienna noting his horse Samers had won the local trotting contest.
|1||Walter Winans||56||United States||USA||Gold||46||44||OR|
|2||Ted Ranken||32||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||46||41|
|4||Maurice Blood||38||Great Britain||GBR||34|
|5||Albert Kempster||33||Great Britain||GBR||34|
|6T||William Ellicott||Great Britain||GBR||33|
|6T||Alexander Rogers||41||Great Britain||GBR||33|
|9||John Bashford||Great Britain||GBR||25|
|10||James Cowan||51||Great Britain||GBR||24|
|11||Charles Nix||34||Great Britain||GBR||22|
|13||William Lane-Joynt||53||Great Britain||GBR||20|
|14||Maurice Robion du Pont||39||France||FRA||18|
|15||Joshua Millner||60||Great Britain||GBR||15|