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Shooting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Malmi Shooting Range, Malmi, Helsinki
Date Started: July 27, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
Format: 300 metres. 120 shots, 40 shots prone, 40 kneeling, and 40 standing. 400 possible at each distance, 1,200 posible overall.

Gold: URS Anatoly Bogdanov
Silver: SUI Robert Bürchler
Bronze: URS Lev Vaynshteyn

Summary

The Soviets emphasized rifle shooting, and introduced a new gun of their own design with the site on the left side, to prevent mirages and fogging as the gun heated up. Anatoly Bogdanov won by three points over Robert Bürchler (SUI), although Bürchler set a world record in the kneeling phase of the event with 381. In fact, Bürchler outpointed Bogdanov in both prone and kneeling, but Bogdanov’s dominance, 9 points, in the standing gave him the gold medal. It was noted that the two shot next to each other in standing, and Bürchler stood well forward, sometimes being buffeted by the muzzle blast from Bogdanov’s shots. Bogdanov had been an orphan, left behind in a railway wagon, with his name and date of birth written on a note. His surname, Russian for “given by God” was traditional for Russian orphans.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS SP KP PP
1 Anatoly Bogdanov 21 Soviet Union URS Gold 1,123 359 376 388 OR
2 Robert Bürchler 37 Switzerland SUI Silver 1,120 350 381 389
3 Lev Vaynshteyn 36 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1,109 355 376 378
4 August Hollenstein 32 Switzerland SUI 1,108 354 370 384
5 Vilho Ylönen 34 Finland FIN 1,107 351 377 379
6 Robert Sandager 37 United States USA 1,104 349 371 384
7 Holger Erbén 36 Sweden SWE 1,102 347 376 379
8 Walther Fröstell 39 Sweden SWE 1,099 335 375 389
9 Pablo Cagnasso 44 Argentina ARG 1,092 342 369 381
10 Ambrus Balogh 36 Hungary HUN 1,082 349 359 374
11 Erling Kongshaug 37 Norway NOR 1,077 342 358 377
12 Pauli Janhonen 37 Finland FIN 1,077 348 351 378
13 David Schiaffino 39 Argentina ARG 1,074 340 359 375
14 Jovan Kratohvil 28 Yugoslavia YUG 1,073 346 352 375
15 Uffe Schultz Larsen 31 Denmark DEN 1,067 324 359 384
16 Stjepan Prauhardt 47 Yugoslavia YUG 1,065 326 362 377
17 Mauritz Amundsen 48 Norway NOR 1,057 330 355 372
18 Emmett Swanson 46 United States USA 1,055 317 371 367
19 Gil Boa 27 Canada CAN 1,053 322 359 372
20 Ferenc Décsey 25 Hungary HUN 1,036 336 347 353
21 Dov Ben-Dov 25 Israel ISR 1,033 314 349 370
22 Rigoberto Rivero 38 Venezuela VEN 1,028 330 333 365
23 Ahmed Hamdy 23 Egypt EGY 1,008 303 332 373
24 Harihar Banerjee 34 India IND 994 299 336 359
25 Humberto Briceño 24 Venezuela VEN 984 270 343 371
26 Shmuel Laviv-Lubin 29 Israel ISR 973 291 315 367
27 Alberto Braga 23 Brazil BRA 962 288 323 351
28 John Pearson 26 Great Britain GBR 955 279 318 358
29 Jocelyn Barlow 50 Great Britain GBR 944 266 316 362
30 Saad El-Din El-Shorbagui 31 Egypt EGY 941 251 321 369
31 Antônio Guimarães 52 Brazil BRA 932 281 309 342
32 Alfredo Mury 43 Guatemala GUA 885 245 277 363