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Charles Palmer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameCharles•Palmer
Used nameCharles•Palmer
Born18 August 1869 in Old Warden, Central Bedfordshire, England (GBR)
Died14 November 1947 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Charles Palmer was the only member of the medal winning trap teams of 1908 and 1912 to compete in the event in 1920. Having won the gold medal in the team trap event at London in 1908, it was Charles Palmer’s nerve that made sure Great Britain pulled off the silver medal in Stockholm four years later. The Americans were guaranteed the gold medal and Palmer was the last man to shoot in very windy and blustery conditions. He needed seven hits out of ten shots to guarantee second place but with one shot remaining he had hit only six targets and they were tied with the Germans in second place. But coolly, he hit the tenth target to give his team the silver medal. Palmer competed in his third Olympics at Antwerpen in 1920 and came close to collecting a full set of medals when Great Britain were pushed into fourth place in the team trap event by Sweden.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Charles Palmer
Trap, Men (Olympic) =5
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 1 Gold
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Charles Palmer
Trap, Men (Olympic) 21
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Charles Palmer
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 4