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Shooting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Merrett Rifle Range, Williamstown, Victoria
Date Started: December 1, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: 300 metres. 120 shots, 40 shots prone, 40 kneeling, and 40 standing. 400 possible at each distance, 1,200 posible overall.

Gold: URS Vasily Borisov
Silver: URS Allan Erdman
Bronze: FIN Vilho Ylönen

Summary

The best known Soviet free rifle shooter was Anatoly Bogdanov, who had won this event in 1952, was the current world record holder, and had won the 1954 World Championship and the 1955 European Championship. But he elected to compete in small-bore events only in Melbourne, and won the gold medal in the 3-position small-bore rifle. This left the field open to two of his countrymen, with Vasily Borisov winning the gold medal over Allan Erdman, thanks to the world record 396 that Borisov shot in the kneeling phase. Borisov also competed at Melbourne in both small-bore events, winning a silver medal in the English Match.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS PP KP SP
1 Vasily Borisov 33 Soviet Union URS Gold 1,138 396 383 359 OR
2 Allan Erdman 23 Soviet Union URS Silver 1,137 392 385 360
3 Vilho Ylönen 38 Finland FIN Bronze 1,128 387 382 359
4 Jorma Taitto 39 Finland FIN 1,120 392 379 349
5 Constantin Antonescu 33 Romania ROU 1,101 386 374 341
6 John Sundberg 35 Sweden SWE 1,094 384 367 343
7 Anders Kvissberg 27 Sweden SWE 1,093 389 362 342
8 James Smith 25 United States USA 1,082 381 368 333
9 Sándor Krebs 30 Hungary HUN 1,078 379 364 335
10 Herbert Voelcker 26 United States USA 1,075 385 355 335
11 Gerry Ouellette 22 Canada CAN 1,066 370 357 339
12 Rubén Váldez 33 Peru PER 1,044 373 338 333
13 Martin Gison 42 Philippines PHI 1,043 387 368 288
14 Guillermo Baldwin Peru PER 1,040 379 359 302
15 Wu Tao-Yan 21 Chinese Taipei TPE 1,025 370 349 306
16 Ian Wrigley 33 Australia AUS 1,021 382 350 289
17 Norman Goff 35 Australia AUS 1,010 372 343 295
18 Steffen Cranmer 22 Great Britain GBR 999 356 336 307
19 Chu Hwa-Il 24 South Korea KOR 903 338 286 279
20 Saifi Chaudhry 27 Pakistan PAK 267 84 DNC 183