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Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men

Date3 – 5 August 1900 — 08:00-18:00
StatusOlympic
LocationCamp de Satory, Versailles
Participants30 from 6 countries
Format300 metres. 120 shots per man, 40 from each position. 6,000 possible per team; 1,200 possible per individual.

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 from prone, kneeling, and standing positions from 300 metres for a possible individual 1,200 points, and team possible score of 6,000 points. Each team had five shooters with all scores to count towards the team total. A total of six teams, and 30 shooters competed. The individual event was held concurrently with the team free rifle.

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).

Switzerland, with gold in 1897 and 1899 and bronze in 1898, and France, with gold in 1898, silver in 1899 and bronze in 1897 had won a medal in each of the three Championships. The only other nations to win medals were Norway (silver 1897), Italy (silver 1898), and Denmark (bronze 1899). Of these five medal-winning teams, only Italy did not send a team to Paris. The reigning World Champions Switzerland retained their title and also collected the Olympic gold thanks to Franz Böckli, Alfred Grütter, Emil Kellenberger, Konrad Stäheli, and Louis Richardet, who was a replacement for Caspar Widmer in Paris. Richardet was a member of the Swiss gold medal-winning team at the inaugural Worlds in 1897.

Three members of the French World Championship-winning team of 1898 took part in Paris; Achille Paroche, Léon Moreaux, and Auguste Cavadini, of whom two, Paroche and Moreaux, were also on the silver medal winning team in 1899. The Denmark bronze medal-winning team from the 1899 Worlds was nearly the same in Paris, with Axel Kristensen replacing J. Johansen.

Switzerland, led by the individual champion Emil Kellenberger, won the gold medal by over 100 points but it was close from second through fourth place with Norway just ahead of France by 12 points, and Denmark a further 13 points behind in fourth. The winning score of 4399 points was worse than the scores of 1898 World Champions France (4447 points) and Switzerland’s winning total in 1899 (4528 points).

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTPIP
1SwitzerlandSUI4,399Gold
Emil Kellenberger4,399930
Franz Böckli4,399883
Konrad Stäheli4,399881
Louis Richardet4,399873
Alfred Grütter4,399832
2NorwayNOR4,290Silver
Ole Østmo4,290917
Helmer Hermansen4,290878
Tom Seeberg4,290848
Ole Sæther4,290830
Olaf Frydenlund4,290817
3FranceFRA4,278Bronze
Achille Paroche4,278887
Léon Moreaux4,278880
Auguste Cavadini4,278880
Maurice Lecoq4,278823
René Thomas4,278808
4DenmarkDEN4,265
Anders Peter Nielsen4,265921
Lars Jørgen Madsen4,265905
Viggo Jensen4,265875
Laurids Kjær4,265782
Axel Kristensen4,265782
5NetherlandsNED4,221
Marcus Ravenswaaij4,221881
Uilke Vuurman4,221876
Henrik Sillem4,221847
Antoine Bouwens4,221812
Solko van den Bergh4,221805
6BelgiumBEL4,166
Paul Van Asbroeck4,166917
Charles Paumier du Vergier4,166897
Jules Bury4,166821
Edouard Myin4,166818
Joseph Baras4,166713