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Shooting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Merrett Rifle Range, Williamstown, Victoria
Date Started: December 4, 1956
Date Finished: December 4, 1956
Format: 50 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: TCH Otakar Hořínek
Bronze: SWE John Sundberg

Summary

Anatoly Bogdanov had won the free rifle event at the 1952 Olympic Games. In Melbourne he tied for first in this event with 1,172 points, equaling the mark of Czechoslovakia’s Otakar Hořínek. Bogdanov won the gold medal as he had the better score in prone position (396-393), which was the first tie-breaker. Bogdanov had won the 1955 European Championship in free rifle, with a new world record of 1,139, but did not defend his Olympic title in that event. He competed at Melbourne only in the small-bore events, finishing 29th in the English Match. The German father and son, Albert and Rudolf Sigl, finished 11th and 9th, respectively.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS PP KP SP
1 Anatoly Bogdanov 25 Soviet Union URS Gold 1,172 396 392 384 OR
2 Otakar Hořínek 27 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver 1,172 393 395 384 OR
3 John Sundberg 35 Sweden SWE Bronze 1,167 397 396 374
4 Vasily Borisov 33 Soviet Union URS 1,163 395 391 377
5 Vilho Ylönen 38 Finland FIN 1,161 394 386 381
6 Gil Boa 32 Canada CAN 1,159 400 391 368
7 Iosif Sîrbu 31 Romania ROU 1,157 397 392 368
8 Anders Kvissberg 27 Sweden SWE 1,156 394 389 373
9 Rudi Sigl 19 Germany GER 1,155 392 390 373
10 Sándor Krebs 30 Hungary HUN 1,154 399 385 370
11 Albert Sigl 45 Germany GER 1,154 391 389 374
12 Art Jackson 38 United States USA 1,153 395 387 371
13 Uffe Schultz Larsen 35 Denmark DEN 1,152 393 388 371
14 Verle Wright, Jr. 28 United States USA 1,151 397 384 370
15 Erling Kongshaug 41 Norway NOR 1,151 394 386 371
16 Ole Hviid Jensen 23 Denmark DEN 1,149 396 392 361
17 Jorma Taitto 39 Finland FIN 1,148 395 386 367
18 Constantin Antonescu 33 Romania ROU 1,147 394 368 385
19 Frans Lafortune 23 Belgium BEL 1,145 390 381 374
20 Zlatko Mašek 28 Yugoslavia YUG 1,144 394 377 373
21 Gerry Ouellette 22 Canada CAN 1,141 394 379 368
22 Wu Tao-Yan 21 Chinese Taipei TPE 1,140 394 382 364
23 Steffen Cranmer 22 Great Britain GBR 1,140 392 391 357
24 Jacques Mazoyer 46 France FRA 1,139 392 380 367
25 Oscar Caceres 24 Peru PER 1,135 397 382 356
26 Carlo Varetto 51 Italy ITA 1,135 392 387 356
27 Don Tolhurst 27 Australia AUS 1,131 393 389 349
28 Maurice Racca France FRA 1,126 392 375 359
29 Luis Coquis Peru PER 1,124 392 379 353
30 Anker Hagen 36 Norway NOR 1,124 390 377 357
31 Frederick Hopkinson 34 Great Britain GBR 1,123 392 372 359
32 Juan Llabot 44 Venezuela VEN 1,118 396 369 353
33 Milton Sobocinski 22 Brazil BRA 1,115 394 374 347
34 Norman Rule 28 Australia AUS 1,114 393 382 339
35 Harihar Banerjee 38 India IND 1,111 379 371 361
36 Yukio Inokuma 36 Japan JPN 1,110 398 376 336
37 Severino Moreira 43 Brazil BRA 1,102 395 372 335
38 Haricharan Shaw India IND 1,102 392 372 338
39 Roy Congreve 43 Kenya KEN 1,096 394 364 338
40 Tomokazu Maruyama 31 Japan JPN 1,085 393 362 330
41 Robin Lavine 20 South Africa RSA 1,082 397 366 319
42 Charles Trotter 33 Kenya KEN 1,030 391 340 299
43 Zafar Ahmed Muhammad 43 Pakistan PAK 999 389 353 257
44 Guillermo Padilla Colombia COL 983 381 317 285