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Bob Bodley

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRobert "Bob"•Bodley
Used nameBob•Bodley
Born31 July 1878 in Cape Town (RSA)
Died6 November 1956 in Port Shepstone (RSA)
NOC(s) South Africa

Biography

As a young man, Robert Bodley settled in the Witwatersrand region. In the Boer War, he was one of the bodyguards of the British commander-in-chief Lord Roberts. After the war, Bodley lived in Germiston in the Gauteng province. In 1906, he joined the 5th Mounted Rifles, where he became a well-reputed marksman and was selected for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. In 1914 Bodley served as a Captain in the 8th South African Horse fighting against the Germans in East Africa since May 1916. He returned to the 5th Mounted Rifles and competed in his second Olympics at Antwerpen in 1920.

Bodley also received the King’s Army Best Shot Medal in 1925. In 1922, he was engaged in the Battle of Ellis Park, the abolition of a revolt of white miners against mine owners. In the 1940s he returned to the army as a Colonel and was commissioned with the training of future South African marksmen. In 1953, he was awarded the Coronation Medal.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic 55 Representing South Africa    
  Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 6
  Military Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic 45
  Military Rifle, Any Position, 600 metres, Men Olympic 54
  Military Rifle, 200, 400, 500 and 600 metres, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 4
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 10 Representing South Africa    
  Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 8
  Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 2 Silver
  Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 9
  Military Rifle, 300 metres and 600 metres, Prone, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 5
  Small-Bore Rifle, Standing, 50 metres, Men Olympic AC
  Small Bore-Rifle, Standing, 50 metres, Team, Men Olympic South Africa 8