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Shooting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Merrett Rifle Range, Williamstown, Victoria
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: November 30, 1956
Format: 50 metres. 60 shots in six series of 10. 600 possible.

Gold: FIN Pentti Linnosvuo
Silver: URS Makhmud Umarov
Bronze: USA Offutt Pinion

Summary

Finland’s Pentti Linnosvuo and the USSR’s Makhmud Umarov, world record holder in the Center-Fire Pistol, tied for first in this event. Linnosvuo won the shoot-off, 26-24, to take the gold medal. Linnosvuo would return in 1964 to win the rapid-fire pistol event, becoming only the second shooter, after Al Lane of the USA, to win both of the classic Olympic pistol events. No Finnish flag was available at the range, and one had to be brought in from Melbourne. The medal ceremony was postponed for an hour because of this. Defending champion Joe Benner, was given a lane at the outside of the range, rendering almost nil his chance at retaining the title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1 Pentti Linnosvuo 23 Finland FIN Gold 556 90 95 91 94 93 93 OR
2 Makhmud Umarov 32 Soviet Union URS Silver 556 95 91 91 94 93 92 OR
3 Offutt Pinion 46 United States USA Bronze 551 94 92 93 88 93 91
4 Choji Hosaka 35 Japan JPN 550 92 91 88 94 91 94
5 Anton Yasynskiy 44 Soviet Union URS 550 90 93 95 92 92 88
6 Torsten Ullman 48 Sweden SWE 549 90 90 91 91 94 93
7 Åke Lindblom 37 Sweden SWE 542 87 89 86 92 94 94
8 Leonard Tolhurst 30 Australia AUS 541 94 90 92 84 91 90
9 Claudio Fiorentini Italy ITA 540 91 91 88 90 91 89
10 Frederick Cooper 46 Great Britain GBR 539 84 91 87 92 91 94
11 Joe Benner 39 United States USA 537 82 85 91 95 89 95
12 František Maxa 33 Czechoslovakia TCH 536 86 91 88 89 93 89
13 James Zavitz 34 Canada CAN 536 94 89 88 90 88 87
14 Enrique Hannaberg Colombia COL 534 89 81 95 90 95 84
15 Raúl Ibarra 48 Mexico MEX 533 89 86 87 88 94 89
16 Kalle Sievänen 45 Finland FIN 526 85 90 82 92 88 89
17 Yoshihide Ueda 29 Japan JPN 526 87 88 87 88 90 86
18 Alberto Martijena Argentina ARG 526 85 91 91 88 88 83
19 Ignacio Cruzat Chile CHI 524 84 86 90 87 90 87
20 Charles des Jammonières 54 France FRA 522 84 81 93 91 90 83
21 Rigoberto Fontt Chile CHI 521 81 81 87 87 92 93
22 Antonio Vita 34 Peru PER 519 88 81 86 92 81 91
23 Marcel Lafortune 56 Belgium BEL 518 82 88 82 86 89 91
24 Hector de Lima Polanco 45 Venezuela VEN 511 91 83 87 84 82 84
25 José Bernal Venezuela VEN 508 85 82 86 86 80 89
26 Rodolfo Flores Mexico MEX 507 82 85 90 80 88 82
27 Rodney Johnson 29 Australia AUS 506 78 90 78 87 87 86
28 Henry Steele 45 Great Britain GBR 503 83 85 82 80 85 88
29 Francisco Otayza Peru PER 503 81 83 84 87 85 83
30 Kim Yun-Gi South Korea KOR 463 76 71 78 73 81 84
31 Zafar Ahmed Muhammad 43 Pakistan PAK 460 67 74 83 81 76 79
32 Ricardo Hizon Philippines PHI 456 71 73 81 73 85 73
33 Joseph Chong Malaya MAL 438 56 70 78 75 77 82