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Shooting at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Shooting Stands (German Handgun Research Institute), Wannsee
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 6, 1936
Format: 25 metres. Morning qualifying consisted of 3 series of 6 shots each, to be shot within 8 seconds. Places were then contested in the afternoon in 6-shot series, with the time reduced successively, in each round, to 6 seconds, 4 seconds, 3 seconds, and 2 seconds, respectively.

Gold: GER Cornelius van Oyen
Silver: GER Heinz Hax
Bronze: SWE Torsten Ullman

Summary

The rapid-fire shooters were aided by a new gun, the Walther autoloader with a lightweight slide. It far outclassed the older American pistols. It was used by the German and Swedish teams and they dominated the competition. The competition was held in the same manner as in 1932 – 18 shots in three strings of 6 shots fired in 8 seconds, with 6-shot shoot-offs then at 6 seconds, 4 seconds, 3 seconds, and 2 seconds. Of the 53 competitors, 28 scored perfect 18s in the first round. Seventeen shooters also shot cleanly in the 6-second round. In the 4-second round, five shooters hit all six targets to advance: Cornelius van Oyen (GER), Heinz Hax (GER), Torsten Ullman (SWE), Angelos Papadimas (GRE), and Helge Meuller (SWE). In the 3-second round, van Oyen shot a clean round to win the gold medal. Hax hit 5 targets to repeat his silver medal from 1932, after having finished fifth in the modern pentathlon in 1928.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal R1(8)P R2(6)P R3(4)P R4(3)P R5(2)P
1 Cornelius van Oyen 49 Germany GER Gold 18 6 6 6
2 Heinz Hax 36 Germany GER Silver 18 6 6 5
3 Torsten Ullman 28 Sweden SWE Bronze 18 6 6 4 4
4 Angelos Papadimas Greece GRE 18 6 6 4 1
5 Helge Meuller 27 Sweden SWE 18 6 6 3
6 Walter Boninsegni 34 Italy ITA 18 6 5 6 3
7 Kazimierz Suchorzewski 41 Poland POL 18 6 5 6 1
8 Haralds Marvē 35 Latvia LAT 18 6 5 3
9 Hans Aasnæs 33 Norway NOR 18 6 5 2
10 László Vadnay 38 Hungary HUN 18 6 5 1
11 Bruno Giacconi 46 Italy ITA 18 6 4
12 Marcel Lafortune 35 Belgium BEL 18 6 4
13 Jaakko Rintanen 35 Finland FIN 18 6 4 4
14 Jan Gasche 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 18 6 4 2
15 Ingals Fisher 26 United States USA 18 6 4
16 Élie Monnier 28 France FRA 18 6 2
17 Guillermo Huet 39 Mexico MEX 18 6 2
18 Michelangelo Borriello 27 Italy ITA 18 5
19 Carlos Balestrini 56 Argentina ARG 18 5
20 Khristos Zalokostas Greece GRE 18 5
21 Ville Elo 41 Finland FIN 18 5
22 Erik Sætter-Lassen 44 Denmark DEN 18 4
23 Kārlis Kļava 29 Latvia LAT 18 4
24 Morris Doob 29 United States USA 18 4
25 František Pokorný 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 18 4
26 Sulo Cederström 33 Finland FIN 18 3
27 Zenon Piątkowski 34 Poland POL 18 3
28 Lorenzo Amaya 39 Argentina ARG 18 1
AC Jacques Lafortune 40 Belgium BEL
AC Axel Lerche 32 Denmark DEN
AC Christen Møller 52 Denmark DEN
AC Krikor Agathon Egypt EGY
AC Charles des Jammonières 34 France FRA
AC Édouard Lambert 29 France FRA
AC Georg Dern 35 Germany GER
AC Dimitrios Stathis Greece GRE
AC Jakab Kőszegi 47 Hungary HUN
AC Dezső von Zirthy 33 Hungary HUN
AC Carlos Acosta 28 Mexico MEX
AC Roger Abel 36 Monaco MON
AC Michel Ravarino 30 Monaco MON
AC Herman Schultz 35 Monaco MON
AC Dirk van den Bosch 29 Netherlands NED
AC Martin Gison 22 Philippines PHI
AC Otoniel Gonzaga 22 Philippines PHI
AC Wojciech Bursa 41 Poland POL
AC Alberto Andressen Junior 39 Portugal POR
AC Joaquim da Mota 33 Portugal POR
AC Carlos Queiroz 34 Portugal POR
AC Henrik Lönnberg 40 Sweden SWE
AC Josef Kopecký 43 Czechoslovakia TCH
AC Dean Hudnutt 45 United States USA
AC Lazar Jovanović Yugoslavia YUG