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Shooting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Running Target, Single And Double Shot

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Merrett Rifle Range, Williamstown, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 4, 1956
Format: 50 single shots and 25 double shots. 250 possible in each course, for 500 total possible.

Gold: URS Vitaliy Romanenko
Silver: SWE Olof Sköldberg
Bronze: URS Vladimir Sevryugin

Summary

There were only 11 competitors in this event, from six nations. The course was the same as in 1952, with the shooters firing 100 shots – 50 singles and 50 doubles – from 100 metres. The deer target moved across a firing line of 23 metres in four seconds. The event was won by Vitaly Romanenko of the USSR, who obliterated the Olympic record of 413, with 441. This was the last occurrence of this event, although a running target event returned at the 1972 Olympics. The event was in danger of not being held in 1952, as the Olympic rules required at least six participating nations. Olof Sköldberg (SWE) set a World Record for the single shot (223) on day one, but faltered on day two, although still winning the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS R1P R2P
1 Vitaliy Romanenko 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 441 220 221 OR
2 Olof Sköldberg 46 Sweden SWE Silver 432 223 209
3 Vladimir Sevryugin 32 Soviet Union URS Bronze 429 213 216
4 Miklós Kovács 22 Hungary HUN 417 204 213
5 Miklós Kocsis 24 Hungary HUN 416 215 201
6 Rolf Bergersen 50 Norway NOR 409 203 206
7 Benkt Austrin 47 Sweden SWE 405 208 197
8 John H. Larsen, Sr. 43 Norway NOR 390 199 191
9 Germán Briceño Venezuela VEN 375 180 195
10 Colin Anderson Australia AUS 357 184 173
11 Noel Hall 42 Australia AUS 339 167 172