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Shooting at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Free Rifle, Standing, 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 standing. 400 possible.

Gold: DEN Lars Jørgen Madsen
Silver: NOR Ole Østmo
Bronze: BEL Charles Paumier du Vergier


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 standing 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 kneeling, 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 nine medals at all three World Championships had been won by nine different men and all but one were challenging for the gold medal in Paris.

Out to successfully defend his title was Switzerland’s [Franz Böckli] while the silver and bronze medallists from 1899, [Lars Jørgen Madsen] (Denmark) and [Olaf Frydenlund] (Norway) were also present. The three French medallists from 1898, [Achille Paroche] (gold), [Léon Moreaux] (silver) and [Auguste Cavadini] (bronze) were also taking part as were the 1897 gold and bronze medallists [Ole Østmo] (Norway) and [Henrik Sillem] (Netherlands). The silver medallist Frank Jullien of Switzerland was the only World Championship medallist since 1897 not to compete in Paris.

The gold medal went to Lars Jørgen Madsen who won by six points from Ole Østmo. His winning score of 305 would not have been good enough to win a medal at the 1899 World Championships. Madsen, who was the 1899 Three Positions World Champion, competed at the Olympics from 1900-24 in 26 events and won five medals, including two golds.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Lars Jørgen Madsen 28 Denmark DEN Gold 305
2 Ole Østmo 33 Norway NOR Silver 299
3 Charles Paumier du Vergier Belgium BEL Bronze 298
4 Paul Van Asbroeck 26 Belgium BEL 297
5 Franz Böckli 42 Switzerland SUI 294
6 Emil Kellenberger 36 Switzerland SUI 292
7T Jules Bury 37 Belgium BEL 282
7T Alfred Grütter 39 Switzerland SUI 282
9 Helmer Hermansen 29 Norway NOR 280
10 Auguste Cavadini 34 France FRA 278
11T Anders Peter Nielsen 32 Denmark DEN 277
11T Viggo Jensen 25 Denmark DEN 277
13 Tom Seeberg 40 Norway NOR 275
14T Konrad Stäheli 33 Switzerland SUI 272
14T Marcus Ravenswaaij 37 Netherlands NED 272
16 Olaf Frydenlund 37 Norway NOR 271
17T Louis Richardet 35 Switzerland SUI 269
17T Léon Moreaux 48 France FRA 269
19T Maurice Lecoq 46 France FRA 268
19T Achille Paroche 32 France FRA 268
21 Edouard Myin Belgium BEL 265
22T Axel Kristensen 26 Denmark DEN 261
22T Uilke Vuurman 27 Netherlands NED 261
24 René Thomas 34 France FRA 254
25 Henrik Sillem 33 Netherlands NED 249
26T Ole Sæther 30 Norway NOR 239
26T Solko van den Bergh 45 Netherlands NED 239
28T Laurids Kjær 48 Denmark DEN 238
28T Antoine Bouwens 23 Netherlands NED 238
30 Joseph Baras Belgium BEL 233