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Shooting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Merrett Rifle Range, Williamstown, Victoria
Date Started: December 5, 1956
Date Finished: December 5, 1956
Format: 50 metres prone. 60 shots prone. 600 possible.

Gold: CAN Gerry Ouellette
Silver: URS Vasily Borisov
Bronze: CAN Gil Boa

Summary

This event was won by Canada’s Gerry Ouellette. Ouellette was a corporal in the Canadian Reserve Army and also worked full-time as a tool designer at the Ford plant in Windsor, Ontario. One of his main competitors was his teammate, Gil Boa, who had won the 1954 World Championships in this event. In practice in Melbourne, Ouellette was unhappy with his rifle, and he and Boa decided to share the same rifle. This meant that they had to shoot very quickly as there was a time limit to fire the required 60 rounds. Boa shot first and scored 598, dropping a point in his first and last strings. He was bettered by Vasily Borisov (URS), who recorded a 599. With little time to spare, Ouellette fired off 60 shots, almost in rapid-fire fashion, and scored a perfect 600. At first considered a world record, the course was re-measured and found to be 1.5 metres short of 50 metres, thus disqualifying the mark as a record. Ouellette would compete in the Olympics again, but not until 1968. The Americans did not fare well, but noted that nearly everyone in the event used the new U.S. ammunition that had just been developed, Western Supermatch Mark III.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1 Gerry Ouellette 22 Canada CAN Gold 600 100 100 100 100 100 100
2 Vasily Borisov 33 Soviet Union URS Silver 599 100 100 100 100 100 99
3 Gil Boa 32 Canada CAN Bronze 598 99 100 100 100 100 99
4 Otakar Hořínek 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 598 100 100 100 98 100 100
5 Iosif Sîrbu 31 Romania ROU 598 100 100 100 98 100 100
6 Sándor Krebs 30 Hungary HUN 598 100 100 100 100 99 99
7 Erling Kongshaug 41 Norway NOR 598 100 100 100 99 99 100
8 Severino Moreira 43 Brazil BRA 597 99 99 100 100 100 99
9 Constantin Antonescu 33 Romania ROU 596 100 100 98 99 100 99
10 Don Tolhurst 27 Australia AUS 596 100 98 100 99 99 100
11 Rudi Sigl 19 Germany GER 596 100 100 100 99 99 98
12 John Sundberg 35 Sweden SWE 596 100 99 100 99 100 98
13 Anker Hagen 36 Norway NOR 596 99 98 100 100 99 100
14 Anders Kvissberg 27 Sweden SWE 596 99 100 100 99 98 100
15 Vilho Ylönen 38 Finland FIN 596 100 100 98 100 99 99
16 Zlatko Mašek 28 Yugoslavia YUG 595 99 100 99 97 100 100
17 Johannes Human 26 South Africa RSA 595 99 100 98 98 100 100
18 Uffe Schultz Larsen 35 Denmark DEN 595 97 100 100 99 100 99
19 Wu Tao-Yan 21 Chinese Taipei TPE 595 98 99 99 99 100 100
20 Milton Sobocinski 22 Brazil BRA 594 98 99 99 100 99 99
21 Oscar Caceres 24 Peru PER 594 97 98 99 100 100 100
22 Norman Rule 28 Australia AUS 594 99 99 99 99 100 98
23 César Jayme 38 Philippines PHI 594 99 98 99 99 99 100
24 Yukio Inokuma 36 Japan JPN 594 100 98 99 99 99 99
25 Enrique Lucca Venezuela VEN 594 97 100 100 98 99 100
26 Steffen Cranmer 22 Great Britain GBR 593 98 98 98 99 100 100
27 Albert Sigl 45 Germany GER 593 97 99 100 99 99 99
28 Luis Coquis Peru PER 593 99 99 98 97 100 100
29 Anatoly Bogdanov 25 Soviet Union URS 593 99 98 99 100 99 98
30 Robin Lavine 20 South Africa RSA 593 98 100 100 97 99 99
31 Art Jackson 38 United States USA 593 97 100 99 99 99 99
32 Jorma Taitto 39 Finland FIN 592 100 100 99 96 97 100
33 Juan Llabot 44 Venezuela VEN 592 98 98 100 99 98 99
34 Hernando Castelo 50 Philippines PHI 592 97 99 98 100 98 100
35 Jacques Mazoyer 46 France FRA 591 97 97 99 98 100 100
36 Verle Wright, Jr. 28 United States USA 590 99 98 97 98 98 100
37 Ole Hviid Jensen 23 Denmark DEN 590 99 95 99 98 99 100
38 Frederick Hopkinson 34 Great Britain GBR 590 97 98 98 100 99 98
39 Maurice Racca France FRA 589 97 98 97 99 100 98
40 Roy Congreve 43 Kenya KEN 587 97 97 99 98 99 97
41 Charles Trotter 33 Kenya KEN 586 98 97 98 97 97 99
42 Frans Lafortune 23 Belgium BEL 585 99 100 98 92 96 100
43 Tomokazu Maruyama 31 Japan JPN 584 97 96 98 97 98 98
44 Zafar Ahmed Muhammad 43 Pakistan PAK 582 98 99 96 97 96 96