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Shooting at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Free Pistol, 30 metres

Shooting at the 1896 Summer Games:


Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Shooting Range, Kallithea
Date Started: April 11, 1896
Date Finished: April 11, 1896
Format: 30 metres. Five six-shot strings. Score for each string determined by multiplying target hits by points scored. Target scoring 1-6. String possible 216. Total possible 1,080.

Gold: USA Sumner Paine
Silver: DEN Holger Nielsen
Bronze: GRE Ioannis Frangoudis


After the first pistol event of the 1896 shooting competition, the Paine brothers realized that they were far superior to the competition, mostly consisting of Greek shooters. They elected that whoever had not won the first event (military pistol, [John Paine]) would sit out any future events, so that they would not embarrass their Greek hosts. Oddly, [Sumner Paine] won this event with the exact same score (442) that John had scored the day before in the military pistol event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS TH
1 Sumner Paine 27 United States USA Gold 442 24
2 Holger Nielsen 29 Denmark DEN Silver 285
3 Ioannis Frangoudis Greece GRE Bronze
4 Nikolaos Dorakis Greece GRE
5 Georgios Orfanidis Greece GRE