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Otakar Hořínek

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameOtakar•Hořínek
Used nameOtakar•Hořínek
Nick/petnamesOtto
Born12 May 1929 in Prostějov (CZE)
Died8 June 2015 in Prostějov (CZE)
Measurements175 cm / 73 kg
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic

Biography

Otakar Hořínek picked up shooting by chance, coming by a shooting range on a walk with his wife, and deciding to - literally - give it a shot. He turned out to be a talent, earning 17 Czechoslovakian titles during his career and breaking several national records as well. At the 1956 Olympics, Otakar Hořínek experienced the highlight of his shooting career. A small-bore rifle specialist, he placed second in the 3 positions event. He tied with Soviet shooter Anatoly Bogdanov, but lost the gold due a poorer performance in the prone part of the competition, which was the tie-breaker. Hořínek missed out on a medal in the prone competition (which was also a separate medal event), again despite tying on the overall bronze medal score. Following his Olympic performances, Hořínek won two medals at the 1957 European Championships, and a bronze at the 1958 World Championships, in the 50 m kneeling team event. Later, Hořínek was active as a shooting coach and trainer. In 2014, he was presented with a replica of his Olympic medal, after he had lost the original.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Summer Olympics Shooting TCH CZE Otakar Hořínek
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
1960 Summer Olympics Shooting TCH CZE Otakar Hořínek
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 10
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 28

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1956 Summer Olympics 4 December 1956 Shooting Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (1,200 maximum) Final Standings 1,172 2
1956 Summer Olympics 4 December 1956 Shooting Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Standing, 400 maximum) Standing 384 NP

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