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Shooting at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Mixed Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

Shooting at the 1972 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Shooting Range, Hochbrück, München
Date Started: September 2, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972
Format: 300 metres. 120 shots, 40 shots prone, 40 kneeling, and 40 standing. 400 possible at each distance, 1,200 posible overall.

Gold: USA Lones Wigger
Silver: URS Borys Melnyk
Bronze: HUN Lajos Papp

Summary

This was the final time that free rifle was contested at the Olympics. The gold medalist, Lones Wigger, is the most highly decorated shooter in US history. He had won gold in the small-bore three positions and silver in the small-bore prone at the 1964 Olympics, adding his third medal and second gold in München. In international competition, Wigger won over 100 medals and set 29 world records in various events and competitions. With his victory in free rifle, Wigger joined Soviet Anatoly Bogdanov, who also won gold in small-bore (1956) and free rifle (1952). The silver medal went to Soviet Boris Melnik. Originally, he was the leader when the unofficial scores were posted, with 1,155 to 1,154 for Wigger. But official scoring brought Wigger up to 1,155 and he won the tie-breaker with a better score on the last string fired kneeling, 97 for Wigger to 96 for Melnik.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS PP KP SP
1 Lones Wigger 35 United States USA Gold 1,155 394 382 379
2 Borys Melnyk 27 Soviet Union URS Silver 1,155 394 387 374
3 Lajos Papp 28 Hungary HUN Bronze 1,149 394 391 364
4 Uto Wunderlich 26 East Germany GDR 1,149 393 388 368
5 Karel Bulan 32 Czechoslovakia TCH 1,146 394 382 370
6 Jaakko Minkkinen 39 Finland FIN 1,146 396 386 364
7 Lanny Bassham 25 United States USA 1,144 389 387 368
8 Valentin Kornev 29 Soviet Union URS 1,143 391 387 365
9 Werner Lippoldt 28 East Germany GDR 1,141 387 389 365
10 Martin Truttmann 28 Switzerland SUI 1,141 390 385 366
11 Béla Nagy 31 Hungary HUN 1,140 394 388 358
12 Malcolm Cooper 24 Great Britain GBR 1,139 391 387 361
13 Miguel Valdes 32 Cuba CUB 1,139 394 376 369
14 Rudolf Pojer 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 1,138 397 385 356
15 Li Yun-Hae 31 North Korea PRK 1,137 391 373 373
16 Andrzej Sieledcow 26 Poland POL 1,135 386 380 369
17 Li Ho-Jun 25 North Korea PRK 1,133 392 380 361
18 Helge Anshushaug 24 Norway NOR 1,132 387 388 357
19 Eugeniusz Pędzisz 26 Poland POL 1,131 392 376 363
20 Dirk Fudickar 26 West Germany FRG 1,131 388 381 362
21 Petre Şandor 35 Romania ROU 1,127 385 383 359
22 Andreas Beyeler 30 Switzerland SUI 1,126 385 382 359
23 Sven Johansson 27 Sweden SWE 1,126 389 378 359
24 Vagn Andersen 35 Denmark DEN 1,125 393 371 361
25 Osmo Ala-Honkola 33 Finland FIN 1,121 391 373 357
26 Per Weichel 30 Denmark DEN 1,114 373 375 366
27 Bjørn Bakken 31 Norway NOR 1,112 379 372 361
28 Eugen Satală 22 Romania ROU 1,102 382 369 351
29 Olegario Vázquez 37 Mexico MEX 1,100 382 376 342
30 Wu Tao-Yan 37 Chinese Taipei TPE 1,085 385 365 335
31 Jesús Elizondo 41 Mexico MEX 1,078 395 364 319
32 Yondonjamtsyn Batsükh 26 Mongolia MGL 1,067 374 361 332
33 Reinaldo Ramírez 37 Paraguay PAR 1,030 370 338 322