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Shooting at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Date Started: July 22, 1920
Date Finished: August 2, 1920
Events: 22

Participants: 236 (236 men and 0 women) from 18 countries
Youngest Participant: ESP Antonio Moreira (23 years, 190 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Oscar Swahn (72 years, 281 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Willis Lee and USA Lloyd Spooner (7 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (23 medals)


The shooting events in 1920 contained 21 events, the most in Olympic history. Most of them were contested at [Beverloo Camp], which had stationed Belgian soldiers in World War I. Beverloo was 75 kilometres from Antwerp in the northeast corner of Belgium. A shooting range for training Belgian soldiers was there and was used for the Olympic competitions. The range was a rolling, barren ground with many hills and hollows in it. Pyramids were constructed for the shooters so they could see all the targets over the hills and this was where the shooters stood for the contests. There was no tree cover near the range and high winds kept scores quite low. During the matches, the Belgian Corps of Engineers was still busy detonating German grenades in parts of the heath that lay about four kilometres from the shooting stands.

The clay pigeon trapshooting and the running deer shooting events were held at [Hoogboom Military Camp] in Brasschaat. Brasschaat is a small town about 10 kilometres (6 miles) slightly northeast of Antwerp.

The Americans dominated this sport, winning 13 gold medals and 23 medals in all. In rifle and pistol events, individual and team medals were awarded. In most of them, the shooter could allow his team score to stand for the individual event as well, and most of the shooters did this.

Shooting is the only sport at the 1920 Olympics for which it has been impossible to find complete results. Myriad sources, including newspapers, magazines, sporting experts, national Olympic committees, and national shooting federations, have been researched with some success, but not complete. Still, the results seen below are the most complete ever published.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Military Pistol, Team USA United States GRE Greece SUI Switzerland
Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres USA Karl Frederick BRA Afrânio da Costa USA Al Lane
Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres, Team USA United States SWE Sweden BRA Brazil
Men's Military Pistol, 30 metres BRA Guilherme Paraense USA Ray Bracken SUI Fritz Zulauf
Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres USA Bud Fisher DEN Niels Larsen NOR Ã˜sten Østensen
Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team USA United States NOR Norway SUI Switzerland
Men's Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres NOR Otto Olsen FRA Léon Johnson SUI Fritz Kuchen
Men's Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team USA United States FRA France FIN Finland
Men's Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres SWE Hugo Johansson SWE Mauritz Eriksson USA Lloyd Spooner
Men's Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Team USA United States RSA South Africa SWE Sweden
Men's Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres USA Carl Osburn DEN Lars Jørgen Madsen USA Larry Nuesslein
Men's Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Team DEN Denmark USA United States SWE Sweden
Men's Military Rifle, 300 metres and 600 metres, Prone, Team USA United States NOR Norway SUI Switzerland
Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Standing, 50 metres USA Larry Nuesslein USA Arthur Rothrock USA Dennis Fenton
Men's Small Bore-Rifle, Standing, 50 metres, Team USA United States SWE Sweden NOR Norway
Men's Running Target, Single Shot NOR Otto Olsen SWE Alf Swahn NOR Harald Natvig
Men's Running Target, Single Shot, Team NOR Norway FIN Finland USA United States
Men's Running Target, Double Shot NOR Ole Lilloe-Olsen SWE Fredric Landelius NOR Einar Liberg
Men's Running Target, Double Shot, Team NOR Norway SWE Sweden FIN Finland
Men's Trap USA Mark Arie USA Frank Troeh USA Frank Wright
Men's Trap, Team USA United States BEL Belgium SWE Sweden