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Shooting at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Satory Camp, Versailles
Date Started: August 3, 1900
Date Finished: August 5, 1900
Format: 300 metres. 120 shots per man, 40 from each position. 1,200 possible.

Gold: SUI Emil Kellenberger
Silver: DEN Anders Peter Nielsen
Bronze: BEL Paul Van Asbroeck
NOR Ole Østmo

Summary

The target in this event was 1 metre in diameter with 10 scoring rings, with a black aiming mark of 60 cm in diameter. Competitors shot 40 shots each from prone, kneeling, and standing positions from 300 metres for a possible 1,200 points. The individual event was held concurrently with the free rifle team event.

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).

In the three previous championships, the nine medals in this event had been won by nine different shooters, of whom seven were competing in Paris, including the 1898 and 1899 world champions [Achille Paroche] (France) and [Lars Jørgen Madsen] (Denmark). Also competing in Paris were [Ole Østmo] (Norway), the silver medallist from 1897, [Léon Moreaux] (France) and [Konrad Stäheli] (Switzerland), the 1898 silver and bronze medallists, and the silver and bronze winners from 1899, [Emil Kellenberger] and [Franz Böckli] (both from Switzerland).

However, it was the 1899 World Champion silver medallist Kellenberger who won the gold medal with the best performance in the kneeling phase, and tied with second-placed [Anders Peter Nielsen], followed by steady performances in the prone and standing elements. Nielsen lost the gold medal because of his weaker effort standing. The results in Paris were relatively poor. Kellenberger’s final score of 930 was the lowest ever to win a gold medal in this event at the World Championships (1897 cannot be compared) and would have only brought him just a bronze in 1898 and 1899. Only the results at the 1908 Olympics eventually produced poorer scores.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS SP KP PP
1 Emil Kellenberger 36 Switzerland SUI Gold 930 292 314 324
2 Anders Peter Nielsen 32 Denmark DEN Silver 921 277 314 330
3T Ole Østmo 33 Norway NOR Bronze 917 299 289 329
3T Paul Van Asbroeck 26 Belgium BEL Bronze 917 297 308 312
5 Lars Jørgen Madsen 28 Denmark DEN 905 305 299 301
6 Charles Paumier du Vergier Belgium BEL 897 298 297 302
7 Achille Paroche 32 France FRA 887 268 287 332
8 Franz Böckli 42 Switzerland SUI 883 294 300 289
9T Marcus Ravenswaaij 37 Netherlands NED 881 272 306 303
9T Konrad Stäheli 33 Switzerland SUI 881 272 324 285
11T Léon Moreaux 48 France FRA 880 269 286 325
11T Auguste Cavadini 34 France FRA 880 278 286 316
13 Helmer Hermansen 29 Norway NOR 878 280 290 308
14 Uilke Vuurman 27 Netherlands NED 876 261 303 312
15 Viggo Jensen 25 Denmark DEN 875 277 290 308
16 Louis Richardet 35 Switzerland SUI 873 269 297 307
17 Tom Seeberg 40 Norway NOR 848 275 272 301
18 Henrik Sillem 33 Netherlands NED 847 249 281 317
19 Alfred Grütter 39 Switzerland SUI 832 282 265 285
20 Ole Sæther 30 Norway NOR 830 239 293 298
21 Maurice Lecoq 46 France FRA 823 268 271 284
22 Jules Bury 37 Belgium BEL 821 282 269 270
23 Edouard Myin Belgium BEL 818 265 249 304
24 Olaf Frydenlund 37 Norway NOR 817 271 259 287
25 Antoine Bouwens 23 Netherlands NED 812 238 296 278
26 René Thomas 34 France FRA 808 254 259 295
27 Solko van den Bergh 45 Netherlands NED 805 239 274 292
28T Laurids Kjær 48 Denmark DEN 782 238 271 273
28T Axel Kristensen 26 Denmark DEN 782 261 260 261
30 Joseph Baras Belgium BEL 713 233 210 270