Shooting
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Entrance to the target stand
VenueSatory
Dates15 July – 5 August
No. of events9 (9 men, 0 women)
Competitors72 from 8 nations
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At the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, many shooting events were featured within the concurrent 1900 Exposition Universelle, but only eight or nine events are usually considered "Olympic". The International Olympic Committee has never decided which events were "Olympic" and which were not.[1] The competitions were held from 3 August to 5 August and took place at the military sporting complex in Satory and at Boulogne-Billancourt. [2] According to Olympic historian Bill Mallon, one of these nine shooting events (20 metre military pistol) was an event for professionals with prize money and therefore does not meet inclusion criteria for 1900 Olympic Games events.[2]

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
20 metre rapid fire pistol (professionals)
details
Maurice Larrouy
 France
Léon Moreaux
 France
Eugène Balme
 France
50 metre free pistol, individual
details
Karl Röderer
 Switzerland
Achille Paroche
 France
Konrad Stäheli
 Switzerland
50 metre free pistol, team
details
 Switzerland (SUI)
Friedrich Lüthi
Paul Probst
Louis Richardet
Karl Röderer
Konrad Stäheli
 France (FRA)
Louis Duffoy
Maurice Lecoq
Léon Moreaux
Achille Paroche
Jules Trinité
 Netherlands (NED)
Solko van den Bergh
Antonius Bouwens
Dirk Boest Gips
Henrik Sillem
Anthony Sweijs
300 metre free rifle, standing
details
Lars Jørgen Madsen
 Denmark
Ole Østmo
 Norway
Charles Paumier
 Belgium
300 metre free rifle, kneeling
details
Konrad Stäheli
 Switzerland
Emil Kellenberger
 Switzerland

Anders Peter Nielsen
 Denmark

None awarded
300 metre free rifle, prone
details
Achille Paroche
 France
Anders Peter Nielsen
 Denmark
Ole Østmo
 Norway
300 metre free rifle, 3 positions
details
Emil Kellenberger
 Switzerland
Anders Peter Nielsen
 Denmark
Paul van Asbroeck
 Belgium

Ole Østmo
 Norway

300 metre free rifle, team
details
 Switzerland (SUI)
Franz Böckli
Alfred Grütter
Emil Kellenberger
Louis Richardet
Konrad Stäheli
 Norway (NOR)
Olaf Frydenlund
Hellmer Hermandsen
Ole Østmo
Ole Sæther
Tom Seeberg
 France (FRA)
Auguste Cavadini
Maurice Lecoq
Léon Moreaux
Achille Paroche
René Thomas
Trap
details[3]
Roger de Barbarin
 France
René Guyot
 Belgium
Justinien de Clary
 France

Excluded events

Contestants in the live pigeon shoot: Maurice Fauré (France), Léon de Lunden (Belgium), Donald Mackintosh (Australia)
Contestants in the live pigeon shoot: Maurice Fauré (France), Léon de Lunden (Belgium), Donald Mackintosh (Australia)

Competitors in these events had to kill as many live pigeons as possible. Birds were released one at a time from 'traps' in front of the shooters; winners were determined by whoever shot the most birds out of the sky. A shooter was eliminated once they missed two birds. Nearly 300 birds were killed. A prize purse of up to 20,000 Francs was awarded to the winners, though the top four finishers agreed to split the winnings.[4] This was the first and only time in Olympic history when animals were killed on purpose. Animal rights campaigns were mounted to stop live shooting; in 1902 bans came into force in the United States leading to the introduction of clay pigeons.[5] The following results are not included in the IOC Olympic results list:

Live pigeon shooting - 20 franc entrance fee

Place Athlete Pigeons
1  Donald Mackintosh (AUS) 22
2  Pedro José Pidal y Bernaldo de Quirós (ESP) 21
3  Edgar Murphy (USA)[6] 19

Live pigeon shooting - 200 franc entrance fee

Place Athlete Pigeons
1  Léon de Lunden (BEL) 21
2  Maurice Fauré (FRA) 20
3  Donald Mackintosh (AUS) 18
 Crittenden Robinson (USA) 18

Running game target

Place Athlete Time
1  Louis Debray (FRA) 20
 Pierre Nivet (FRA) 20
3  Comte de Lambert (FRA) 19

Participating nations

A total of 72 shooters from 8 nations competed at the Paris Games:

Medal table

One of the nine events above (20 metre military pistol) was an event for professionals with prize money. It is not included in the IOC website's list of medal results[7] but is included in the table below.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Switzerland (SUI)5117
2 France (FRA)3339
3 Denmark (DEN)1304
4 Norway (NOR)0224
5 Belgium (BEL)0123
6 Netherlands (NED)0011
Totals (6 nations)910928

References

  1. ^ Lennartz, Karl; Teutenberg, Walter (1995). Olympische Spiele 1900 in Paris. Kassel, Germany: Agon-Sportverlag. p. 147. ISBN 3-928562-20-7. In many works, it is read that the IOC later met to decide which events were Olympic and which were not. This is not correct and no decision has ever been made. No discussion of this item can be found in the account of any Session.
  2. ^ a b Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4064-1.
  3. ^ "Paris 1900 - Shooting - Trap 125 Targets Men Results". Olympics.com.
  4. ^ "Live Pigeon Shooting". Topend Sports Network. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  5. ^ Harris, Tim (2012). Sport: Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4090-7810-4.
  6. ^ The Sporting Life, June 30, 1900, p. 16
  7. ^ "Paris 1900 Shooting Results". Olympics.com. Retrieved 2021-08-02.

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