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Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men

Date4 – 5 August 1900
LocationCamp de Satory, Versailles
Participants30 from 6 countries
Format300 metres. 120 shots per man, 40 from each position. 1,200 possible.

The target in this event was 1 metre in diameter with 10 scoring rings, with a black aiming mark of 60 cm in diameter. Competitors shot 40 shots each from prone, kneeling, and standing positions from 300 metres for a possible 1,200 points. The individual event was held concurrently with the free rifle team event. Ties were broken by the most number of hits, and then the most of hits in the black portion of the target, although this is not recorded to allow to be certain of breaking all the tied positions.

For the first and only time, the World Championships were held concurrently with the Olympics and the Olympic Champions also became World Champions. It was the fourth staging of the World Championships, having previously been held in Lyon (France) in 1897, Turin (Italy) 1898 and Loosduinen 1899 which, since 1923 has been a district of Den Haag (Netherlands).

In the three previous championships, the nine medals in this event had been won by nine different shooters, of whom seven were competing in Paris, including the 1898 and 1899 world champions Achille Paroche (France) and Lars Jørgen Madsen (Denmark). Also competing in Paris were Ole Østmo (Norway), the silver medallist from 1897, Léon Moreaux (France) and Konrad Stäheli (Switzerland), the 1898 silver and bronze medallists, and the silver and bronze winners from 1899, Emil Kellenberger and Franz Böckli (both from Switzerland).

However, it was the 1899 World Championships silver medallist Kellenberger who won the gold medal with the best performance in the kneeling phase, and tied with second-placed Anders Peter Nielsen, followed by steady performances in the prone and standing elements. Nielsen lost the gold medal because of his weaker effort standing. The results in Paris were relatively poor. Kellenberger’s final score of 930 was the lowest ever to win a gold medal in this event at the World Championships (1897 cannot be compared) and would have only brought him just a bronze in 1898 and 1899. Only the results at the 1908 Olympics eventually produced poorer scores.

PosNumberCompetitorNOCPointsStanding PointsKneeling PointsProne Points
1Emil KellenbergerSUI930292314324Gold
2Anders Peter NielsenDEN921277314330Silver
=3Ole ØstmoNOR917299289329Bronze
=3Paul Van AsbroeckBEL917297308312Bronze
5Lars Jørgen MadsenDEN905305299301
6Charles Paumier du VergerBEL897298297302
7Achille ParocheFRA887268287332
8Franz BöckliSUI883294300289
=9Marcus RavenswaaijNED881272306303
=9Konrad StäheliSUI881272324285
=11Léon MoreauxFRA880269286325
=11Auguste CavadiniFRA880278286316
13Helmer HermandsenNOR878280290308
14Uilke VuurmanNED876261303312
15Viggo JensenDEN875277290308
16Louis RichardetSUI873269297307
17Tom SeebergNOR848275272301
18Henrik SillemNED847249281317
19Alfred GrütterSUI832282265285
20Ole SætherNOR830239293298
21Maurice LecoqFRA823268271284
22Jules BuryBEL821282269270
23Edouard MyinBEL818265249304
24Olaf FrydenlundNOR817271259287
25Antoine BouwensNED812238296278
26René ThomasFRA808254259295
27Solko van den BerghNED805239274292
=28Lauritz KjærDEN782238271273
=28Axel KristensenDEN782261260261
30Joseph BarasBEL713233210270