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Shooting at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Running Target, Double Shot

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Bisley Rifle Range, Bisley
Date Started: July 9, 1908
Date Finished: July 10, 1908
Format: 110 yards. 20 shots in ten runs of the deer, two per run. 80 possible.

Gold: USA Walter Winans
Silver: GBR Ted Ranken
Bronze: SWE Oscar Swahn


This event started on 9 July and all but finished on that day as well. But [Walter Winans] and [Ted Ranken] tied for first place with 46 and it was too dark for them to shoot off the tie. They did so the next day, with Winans winning.

Winans was an American who had been born in Russia of American parents but lived most of his life in England. His eligibility was questioned and he had to swear his allegiance to the U.S. Consul General in England and expressed his intention to return to the United States after the Olympics and eventually resume his duties of citizenship. To our knowledge, this never occurred. It is not recorded that Winans ever set foot in the United States. He was a renowned equestrian sculptor, exhibiting 14 times at the British Royal Academy.

July 10, 1908 turned out to be quite a day for Walter Winans. Just after winning the shoot-off he received two envelopes. The first contained a telegram announcing that his horses had won three firsts, two seconds, and five thirds at the English Royal Counties Show. The other was a cablegram from Vienna noting his horse Samers had won the local trotting contest.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS SO
1 Walter Winans 56 United States USA Gold 46 44 OR
2 Ted Ranken 32 Great Britain GBR Silver 46 41
3 Oscar Swahn 60 Sweden SWE Bronze 38
4 Maurice Blood 38 Great Britain GBR 34
5 Albert Kempster 33 Great Britain GBR 34
6T William Ellicott Great Britain GBR 33
6T Alexander Rogers 41 Great Britain GBR 33
8 Ernst Rosell 26 Sweden SWE 27
9 John Bashford Great Britain GBR 25
10 James Cowan 51 Great Britain GBR 24
11 Charles Nix 34 Great Britain GBR 22
12 Léon Tétart France FRA 21
13 William Lane-Joynt 53 Great Britain GBR 20
14 Maurice Robion du Pont 39 France FRA 18
15 Joshua Millner 60 Great Britain GBR 15