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Shooting at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Free Rifle, Prone, 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 prone. 400 possible.

Gold: FRA Achille Paroche
Silver: DEN Anders Peter Nielsen
Bronze: NOR Ole Østmo


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 prone 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, kneeling 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).

The reigning World Champion [Jesse Wallingford] (Great Britain), did not defend his title in Paris. However, the 1898 champion [Léon Moreaux], of France who also won a bronze medal in 1899, was out to regain his title. Other medallists from previous World Championships competing in Paris were [Ole Østmo] (Norway) (bronze 1897) and [Achille Paroche] (France) (silver 1898).

It was Paroche who narrowly won the gold medal from Denmark's [Anders Peter Nielsen] and Ole Østmo. Paroche won four shooting medals in Paris and competed again at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, winning a third silver medal. Nielsen competed in three more Olympics, in 1912, 1920 and 1924, but for Østmo this was his only Olympic appearance.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Achille Paroche 32 France FRA Gold 332
2 Anders Peter Nielsen 32 Denmark DEN Silver 330
3 Ole Østmo 33 Norway NOR Bronze 329
4 Léon Moreaux 48 France FRA 325
5 Emil Kellenberger 36 Switzerland SUI 324
6 Henrik Sillem 33 Netherlands NED 317
7 Auguste Cavadini 34 France FRA 316
8T Uilke Vuurman 27 Netherlands NED 312
8T Paul Van Asbroeck 26 Belgium BEL 312
10T Helmer Hermansen 29 Norway NOR 308
10T Viggo Jensen 25 Denmark DEN 308
12 Louis Richardet 35 Switzerland SUI 307
13 Edouard Myin Belgium BEL 304
14 Marcus Ravenswaaij 37 Netherlands NED 303
15 Charles Paumier du Vergier Belgium BEL 302
16T Tom Seeberg 40 Norway NOR 301
16T Lars Jørgen Madsen 28 Denmark DEN 301
18 Ole Sæther 30 Norway NOR 298
19 René Thomas 34 France FRA 295
20 Solko van den Bergh 45 Netherlands NED 292
21 Franz Böckli 42 Switzerland SUI 289
22 Olaf Frydenlund 37 Norway NOR 287
23T Konrad Stäheli 33 Switzerland SUI 285
23T Alfred Grütter 39 Switzerland SUI 285
25 Maurice Lecoq 46 France FRA 284
26 Antoine Bouwens 23 Netherlands NED 278
27 Laurids Kjær 48 Denmark DEN 273
28T Jules Bury 37 Belgium BEL 270
28T Joseph Baras Belgium BEL 270
30 Axel Kristensen 26 Denmark DEN 261