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Malcolm Cooper

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMalcolm Douglas•Cooper
Used nameMalcolm•Cooper
Born20 December 1947 in Camberley, Surrey, England (GBR)
Died9 June 2001 in Eastergate, West Sussex, England (GBR)
Measurements170 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsHavant Rifle and Pistol Club, Havant (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Malcolm Cooper first took up shooting as a 14-year-old in New Zealand, where his father was stationed as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. He soon earned a place in the Auckland City team and when he returned to New England, after three years in New Zealand, he immediately established himself as a marksman of county standard. From then on Cooper progressed steadily to become the finest small-bore rifle shot in the world. After placing 18th at both the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, Cooper missed the 1980 Games in Moscow because of the boycott by the British shooting team but in 1984 he won the gold medal by ten clear points. He repeated his victory at Seoul in 1988 although this time he only had one point to spare over his teammate Alister Allan. Apart from his two Olympic gold medals, Cooper established himself as the best in the world with numerous wins at the World and European championships. Possibly the outstanding performances came from the 1985 European championships when he won all five individual titles and at the 1986 World Championships when he set five world records. In all, Cooper has set 17 world records and shooting is now his full time occupation. His wife, Sarah, was also a member of the Olympic shooting team in 1988 and together they ran a shooting supplies business in Hayling Island, Accuracy International. An MBE recipient, Cooper died of cancer at age 54.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Malcolm Cooper
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Open (Olympic) 12
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Open (Olympic) 18
1976 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Malcolm Cooper
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Open (Olympic) =18
1984 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Malcolm Cooper
Air Rifle, 10 metres, Men (Olympic) =15
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Malcolm Cooper
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) =36

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 1 August 1984 Shooting Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (1,200 maximum) Final Standings 1,173 WR 1
1988 Summer Olympics 22 September 1988 Shooting Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (1,309.0 maximum) Final Standings 1,279.3 1
1988 Summer Olympics 22 September 1988 Shooting Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Prone, 400 maximum) Preliminary Round, Prone 400 WR NP

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1988 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony GBR Malcolm Cooper

Olympic family relations

Special Notes