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Shooting at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Châlons Camp, Mourmelon-le-Grand
Date Started: June 28, 1924
Date Finished: June 28, 1924
Format: 25 metres. Three series of six shots on six standing silhouettes, appearing simultaneously for 10 seconds. Ties shot off with target appearance reduced to 8 seconds. 18 possible.

Gold: USA Henry Bailey
Silver: SWE Vilhelm Carlberg
Bronze: FIN Lennart Hannelius

Summary

This was the only pistol event in the 1924 Olympics. The shooters fired from 25 metres, with the targets exposed for 10 seconds for each series. Only hits on target were scored. Each shooter fired three strings of six shots, for an 18 possible. Eight shooters fired perfect scores. Tie-breakers consisted of single strings of six shots, with the time reduced to 8 seconds. All eight scored possibles in the first tie-breaker. In the second tie-breaker, three shooters were eliminated. Three more tie-breakers eliminated one shooter each time, leaving Henry Bailey of the USA and Vilhelm Carlberg of the Sweden to shoot-off for the gold medal. They again went clean in the next tie-breaker. In the final tie-breaker, Bailey’s .22 autoloader malfunctioned, when the bullet failed to eject after the first shot. But he reached out with his other hand and removed the casing, and managed to get off five more successful hits on target. Carlberg missed two shots during his string and the gold medal went to Bailey. The Swiss team withdrew because they could not afford the popular American-made weapons used by the winners, and their own material had too much recoil to be competitive in this event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Henry Bailey 31 United States USA Gold 18
2 Vilhelm Carlberg 44 Sweden SWE Silver 18
3 Lennart Hannelius 30 Finland FIN Bronze 18
4 Lorenzo Amaya 27 Argentina ARG 18
5 Matías Osinalde Argentina ARG 18
6 Arnaud, Marquis de Castelbajac France FRA 18
7 Unio Sarlin 31 Finland FIN 18
8 Einar Liberg 50 Norway NOR 18
9 André, Baron de Schonen 55 France FRA 17
10 Bernard Betke 33 United States USA 17
11 William Frazer 40 United States USA 17
12 William Whaling 30 United States USA 17
13 Charles Bounton Great Britain GBR 17
14 Marian Borzemski 29 Poland POL 17
15 Eric Carlberg 44 Sweden SWE 17
16 António Martins 32 Portugal POR 17
17 Francisco Mendonça Portugal POR 17
18 Manuel Solis Mexico MEX 17
19 Krikor Agathon Egypt EGY 17
20 Jean Theslöf 39 Finland FIN 17
21 Charles Riotteau France FRA 16
22 Charles Mackie Great Britain GBR 16
23 Jalo Urho Autonen 41 Finland FIN 16
24 Víctor Bigand 22 Argentina ARG 16
25 François Marits 39 Netherlands NED 16
26 Georges, Marquis de Créqui-Montfort de Courtivron 46 France FRA 16
27 Stanisław Kowalczewski 34 Poland POL 16
28 Walerian Maryański 49 Poland POL 16
29 Alexandros Theofilakis Greece GRE 16
30 Sten Forselius 33 Sweden SWE 15
31 Rezső Velez 36 Hungary HUN 15
32 António Montez Portugal POR 15
33 Teodoro Hernández Mexico MEX 15
34 Dingenis de Wilde 39 Netherlands NED 15
35 Sikke Bruinsma 35 Netherlands NED 15
36 Carlos Balestrini 44 Argentina ARG 15
37 Emilio Piersantelli Italy ITA 14
38 Georgios Moraitinis Greece GRE 14
39 Emil Werner Czechoslovakia TCH 14
40 Peter Griffiths Great Britain GBR 13
41 Victor Robert Belgium BEL 13
42 Jacques Lafortune 28 Belgium BEL 13
43 Ioannis Theofilakis Greece GRE 13
44 António Ferreira Portugal POR 13
45 Jan van Balkum 36 Netherlands NED 13
46 Josef Pavlík Czechoslovakia TCH 13
47 Elemér Takács Hungary HUN 12
48 Bolesław Gościewicz 34 Poland POL 12
49 Jaroslav Mach 37 Czechoslovakia TCH 12
50 Jacques Thuriaux Belgium BEL 11
51 Giovanni Scarella Italy ITA 8
52 Paul Van Asbroeck 50 Belgium BEL 8
53 Sándor Prokopp 36 Hungary HUN 7
54 Georgios Vafeiadis Greece GRE 7
55 Josef Kruz Czechoslovakia TCH 7