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Shooting at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Free Rifle, Kneeling, 300 metres

Shooting at the 1900 Summer Games:


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Satory Camp, Versailles
Date Started: August 3, 1900
Date Finished: August 5, 1900
Format: 300 metres. 40 shots kneeling. 400 possible.

Gold: SUI Konrad Stäheli
Silver: DEN Anders Peter Nielsen
SUI Emil Kellenberger


The target in this event was 1 metre in diameter with 10 scoring rings, with a black aiming mark of 60 cm in diameter. Shooters shot 40 shots from 300 metres in a kneeling position for a possible of 400 points. This event was a part of the 3-position free rifle event which was shot concurrently for individuals and teams, and like the other two elements, prone and standing, it counted as a separate event with medals being awarded accordingly. It was the only time at the Olympics that this happened.

For the first and only time, the World Championships were held concurrently with the Olympics and the Olympic Champions also became World Champions. It was the fourth staging of the World Championships, having previously been held in Lyon (France) in 1897, Turin (Italy) 1898 and Loosduinen 1899 which, since 1923 has been a district of Den Haag (Netherlands).

[Konrad Stäheli] of Switzerland had won the last two World Championships and was favourite to defend his title in Paris. The 1899 silver and bronze medallists, [Emil Kellenberger] (Switzerland) and [Henrik Sillem] (Netherlands), who was also the 1897 bronze medallist, were also competing, as were the 1898 French silver and bronze medallists [Achille Paroche] and [Léon Moreaux]. All the World Championship medallists since 1897 appeared in Paris with the exception of the 1897 gold and silver medallists Frank Jullien and Alcide Hirschy, both from Switzerland,

Konrad Stäheli, was in a class of his own and won the first Olympic title and with it, his third World championship title in this event. He would go on to add another seven world titles to his collection, in 1901-02 and 1910-1914, for a total of ten titles. He won four medals, including three golds in 1900, but despite his long career, appeared in just one more Olympics, at the 1906 Intercalated Games when he added a gold and silver medal to his tally.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Konrad Stäheli 33 Switzerland SUI Gold 324
2T Anders Peter Nielsen 32 Denmark DEN Silver 314
2T Emil Kellenberger 36 Switzerland SUI Silver 314
4 Paul Van Asbroeck 26 Belgium BEL 308
5 Marcus Ravenswaaij 37 Netherlands NED 306
6 Uilke Vuurman 27 Netherlands NED 303
7 Franz Böckli 42 Switzerland SUI 300
8 Lars Jørgen Madsen 28 Denmark DEN 299
9T Louis Richardet 35 Switzerland SUI 297
9T Charles Paumier du Vergier Belgium BEL 297
11 Antoine Bouwens 23 Netherlands NED 296
12 Ole Sæther 30 Norway NOR 293
13T Helmer Hermansen 29 Norway NOR 290
13T Viggo Jensen 25 Denmark DEN 290
15 Ole Østmo 33 Norway NOR 289
16 Achille Paroche 32 France FRA 287
17T Auguste Cavadini 34 France FRA 286
17T Léon Moreaux 48 France FRA 286
19 Henrik Sillem 33 Netherlands NED 281
20 Solko van den Bergh 45 Netherlands NED 274
21 Tom Seeberg 40 Norway NOR 272
22T Maurice Lecoq 46 France FRA 271
22T Laurids Kjær 48 Denmark DEN 271
24 Jules Bury 37 Belgium BEL 269
25 Alfred Grütter 39 Switzerland SUI 265
26 Axel Kristensen 26 Denmark DEN 260
27T Olaf Frydenlund 37 Norway NOR 259
27T René Thomas 34 France FRA 259
29 Edouard Myin Belgium BEL 249
30 Joseph Baras Belgium BEL 210