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Shooting at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Bisley Rifle Range, Bisley
Date Started: August 4, 1948
Date Finished: August 4, 1948
Format: 25 metres. 60 shots in two courses of 30.

Gold: HUN Károly Takács
Silver: ARG Carlos Enrique Díaz Sáenz Valiente
Bronze: SWE Sven Lundquist

Summary

A new format was used, replacing the 1932/1936 style of shooting. Each shooter took 60 shots from 25 metres, in two courses of 30. Each course consisted of six series of 5 shots fired while the target was in view. There were two series with the target in view for 8 seconds, two series with it in view for 6 seconds, and two series with it in view for 4 seconds. Scoring was first by number of targets hit, and then by score. The target was a silhouette figure of a man, 160 cm. in height and 45 cm. wide, with 10 scoring rings. The pistol or revolver had to be of .22 calibre. Most shooters used the Walther Olympia as in 1936, but the Italian Beretta was also popular. The top 22 shooters succeeded in hitting all targets so the competition came down to points scored. The event was won by Károly Takács of Hungary, who scored 580 points. In second was Carlos Enrique Díaz of Argentina, who was the reigning world champion and used a Colt Woodsman pistol, equipped with a compensator to reduce recoil and muzzle flip. Takács had been a top shooter before the War, and was a member of the Hungarian team that won the world team title at Luzern in 1939. He was on the national team from 1929 thru 1938 as a right-handed shooter. But in September 1938, during Army maneuvers, a grenade blew off his right hand. He taught himself to shoot left-handed and was good enough by 1939 to re-make the national team.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS TH R1P R2P 10s
1 Károly Takács 38 Hungary HUN Gold 580 60 286 294 WR
2 Carlos Enrique Díaz Sáenz Valiente 31 Argentina ARG Silver 571 60 285 286
3 Sven Lundquist 28 Sweden SWE Bronze 569 60 282 287
4 Torsten Ullman 39 Sweden SWE 564 60 286 278
5 Leo Ravilo 40 Finland FIN 563 60 280 283 36
6 Väinö Heusala 34 Finland FIN 563 60 283 280 34
7 Lajos Börzsönyi Hungary HUN 562 60 280 282
8 Birger Bühring-Andersen 41 Norway NOR 559 60 276 283
9 Michelangelo Borriello 39 Italy ITA 557 60 275 282
10 Charles des Jammonières 46 France FRA 555 60 280 275
11 Konstantinos Mylonas Greece GRE 554 60 279 275 28
12 Charles Willott 43 Great Britain GBR 554 60 273 281 26
13 Bob Chow 40 United States USA 553 60 277 276
14 Ernesto Montemayor, Sr. 40 Mexico MEX 550 60 278 272
15 Walter Boninsegni 45 Italy ITA 549 60 274 275
16 Odd Bonde Nielsen 49 Norway NOR 546 60 270 276 23
17 Luis Palomo 42 Spain ESP 546 60 272 274 20
18 Francisco Bustamente 40 Mexico MEX 539 60 267 272
19 Hernando Hernández 37 Cuba CUB 532 60 273 259
20 Rudolf Schnyder 28 Switzerland SUI 531 60 262 269
21 Roberto Müller 45 Chile CHI 528 60 261 267
22 José Maria Ferreira Portugal POR 524 60 253 271
23 Philip Roettinger 32 United States USA 554 59 267 287
24 Claes Egnell 32 Sweden SWE 548 59 276 272 35
25 John Layton 35 United States USA 548 59 280 268 26
26 Rafael Cadalso 33 Cuba CUB 548 59 273 275 25
27 Henry Steele 36 Great Britain GBR 545 59 268 277
28 Hans Aasnæs 45 Norway NOR 544 59 274 270
29 Jaakko Rintanen 47 Finland FIN 543 59 263 280
30 Pedro Simão 32 Brazil BRA 540 59 264 276 23
31 Axel Lerche 44 Denmark DEN 540 59 273 267 21
32 R. Bouillet France FRA 534 59 260 274
33 D. Hesse France FRA 533 59 260 273
34 Álvaro dos Santos Filho 36 Brazil BRA 527 59 250 277
35 Federico Tantalean Peru PER 520 59 263 257
36 Georgios Vikhos Greece GRE 518 59 269 249
37 Riccardo Valderrama Peru PER 506 59 257 249
38 Ambrus Balogh 32 Hungary HUN 555 58 268 287
39 Henry Swire 47 Great Britain GBR 538 58 267 271
40 Martin Gison 34 Philippines PHI 530 58 259 271
41 Charles Villholth 51 Denmark DEN 523 58 265 258
42 Ignacio Cruzat Chile CHI 496 58 236 260
43 Carlos Rodríguez-Feo 42 Cuba CUB 533 57 278 255
44 José Alanis Mexico MEX 529 57 268 261
45 José Roger Argentina ARG 513 57 243 270
46 José Luis Alonso Sillero 29 Spain ESP 500 57 268 232
47 P. Peña y Lillo Chile CHI 496 57 258 238
48 Enrique Mendizábal 29 Peru PER 480 57 230 250
49 Ferdinando Bernini 38 Italy ITA 528 56 281 247
50 Dionisio Fernández Argentina ARG 511 56 236 275
51 Gregers Münter 40 Denmark DEN 498 56 270 228
52 Paulus Kessels 47 Netherlands NED 479 56 252 227
53 Evangelos Khrysafis Greece GRE 511 55 271 240
54 Carlos Queiroz 46 Portugal POR 489 55 235 254
55 Moysés Cardoso 47 Portugal POR 464 55 226 238
56 Allan Sobocinski 16 Brazil BRA 490 54 262 228
57 Khalil Hilmi Lebanon LIB 423 53 228 195
58 Pelegrín Esteve Spain ESP 447 52 238 209
59 Walter Lienhard 58 Switzerland SUI 416 50 213 203