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Shooting at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Free Rifle, 400, 600 and 800 metres, Team

Shooting at the 1924 Summer Games:

Events:
Phases:

Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Châlons Camp, Mourmelon-le-Grand
Date Started: June 26, 1924
Date Finished: June 27, 1924
Format: 400, 600, and 800 meters. Five-man teams. 30 shots, 10 shots at each distance. 150 possible per shooter, 750 possible per team.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: FRA France
Bronze: HAI Haiti

Summary

The United States team easily won this event, winning by 30 points with 676, using Springfield rifles, with Remington Palma ammunition, loaded with HiVel powder. But the real story was in third place. Haiti tied with France for second place with 646 from 750 possible. France won the barrage to earn the silver medal. In 1915, the US military, concerned about German influence and military presence in Haiti, occupied that country for the duration of World War I. A Haitian gendarmerie was formed, led by American Marines, Col. David McDougal and Major Harry Smith. Both had been involved in shooting sport, and taught the Haitian gendarmerie to shoot. The Haitians decided they wanted to compete in the Olympics, though they had no experience, and no funds to send a team. But they had desire. A team was formed and equipped by the U.S. Marines. Each man in the gendarmerie, not just the shooters, contributed to a fund by donating 5% of their salary for five months to raise a fund to finance the team. In Paris, the Haitian free rifle team was in second place for most of the competition, and it was only during the final series that they were caught by the French team.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal TP
1 United States USA Gold 676
2 France FRA Silver 646
3 Haiti HAI Bronze 646
4 Switzerland SUI 635
5 Finland FIN 628
6 Denmark DEN 626
7 Sweden SWE 623
8 Norway NOR 594
9 South Africa RSA 590
10 Italy ITA 578
11 Belgium BEL 550
12 Greece GRE 526
13 Romania ROU 524
14 Czechoslovakia TCH 501
15 Poland POL 477
16 Netherlands NED 458
17 Portugal POR 427
AC Hungary HUN DNF