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Men's Trap

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Uxendon Shooting School Club, Brent, London; Uxendon Shooting School Club, Brent, London
Date Started: July 8, 1908
Date Finished: July 11, 1908
Format: First stage (8-9 July) - 30 clays at known traps and unknown angles in two rounds of 15 clays; Second stage (9 July) - 20 clays at known traps and unknown angles in two rounds of 10 clays; Third stage (11 July) - 30 clays, 20 at known traps and unknown angles in two rounds of 10 clays, followed by 10 clays at unknown traps and unknown angles. Best 50% and ties advanced to the third stage.

Gold: CAN Walter Ewing
Silver: CAN George Beattie
Bronze: GBR Alexander Maunder
GRE Anastasios Metaxas

Summary

The Official Report noted that "wretched weather conditions prevailed" for this event, describing heavy rain, high winds, and poor light. The shooting area had been constructed so that July sunlight would not be in the eyes of the shooters. But in the poor light, it was difficult to see the dark shooting clays, so they were marked with white, giving them a "magpie appearance."

The competition began on Wednesday, 8 July with the first stage. A 3-way tie for first place resulted after that stage between Charles Palmer, Richard Hutton, and John Postans. The next day, the Canadians lodged an objection against the previous days' scores and were allowed to shoot again. Postans subsequently withdrew, and did not shoot the 2nd or 3rd stages. The reason is not given in the shooting magazines, but it was presumably in anger over the Canadians being allowed to re-shoot. Canada's Walter Ewing scored 27 in the re-shoot of the second day to take a lead he never relinquished. He had the top score in all three stages. Ewing used an American Lefever gun with Winchester factory-loaded Leader shells. For his victory, in addition to a gold medal, he was awarded Lord Westbury's Cup, which was presented specially for the winner of the individual clay trap shooting.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS S1P S2P S3P
1 Walter Ewing 30 Canada CAN Gold 72 27 18 27 OR
2 George Beattie 30 Canada CAN Silver 60 21 17 22
3T Alexander Maunder 47 Great Britain GBR Bronze 57 21 14 22
3T Anastasios Metaxas 46 Greece GRE Bronze 57 21 14 22
5T Charles Palmer 38 Great Britain GBR 55 23 12 20
5T Arthur Westover 43 Canada CAN 55 21 12 22
7T Richard Hutton Great Britain GBR 53 23 10 20
7T John Wilson 28 Netherlands NED 53 20 13 20
7T Mylie Fletcher Canada CAN 53 22 9 22
10 Frank Moore Great Britain GBR 52 21 11 20
11 George Whitaker 43 Great Britain GBR 51 18 9 24
12T David McMackon 50 Canada CAN 50 19 14 17
12T James Pike Great Britain GBR 50 22 12 16
14 Cornelis Viruly 32 Netherlands NED 48 18 13 17
15T Eduardus, Baron van Voorst tot Voorst 33 Netherlands NED 47 18 14 15
15T Franciscus, Baron van Voorst tot Voorst 23 Netherlands NED 47 19 13 15
17T Harold Creasey Great Britain GBR 46 22 9 15
17T Peter Easte Great Britain GBR 46 18 11 17
19 Gerald Merlin 23 Great Britain GBR 45 18 10 17
20T George Vivian 35 Canada CAN 44 16 10 18
20T William Morris Great Britain GBR 44 10 12 22
22 Reindert de Favauge 35 Netherlands NED 29 18 11
23 Émile Béjot France FRA 28 18 10
24 John Butt 57 Great Britain GBR 26 15 11
25 Alf Swahn 28 Sweden SWE 22 0 13 9
26 Jacob Laan 39 Netherlands NED 21 0 13 8
27T Frank Parker Canada CAN 19 14 5
27T Edward Benedicks 29 Sweden SWE 19 0 13 6
AC John Postans Great Britain GBR [23]
AC Ernst Rosell 26 Sweden SWE UNK
AC Rudolph, Baron van Pallandt 39 Netherlands NED UNK