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Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 and 100 yards, Men

Date11 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationBisley Rifle Range, Bisley
Participants20 from 5 countries
FormatProne position. 50 yards and 100 yards. 40 shots at each distance. 200 possible at each distance, 400 total possible.

In a very controversial event, Arthur Carnell eventually led a British sweep of the first nine places. But Carnell did not have the highest score in this event. That honor was left to British shooter Philip Plater, who is not actually considered to have even taken part.

The limit for entrants per nation in all individual shooting events was 12. But the entry forms for George Barnes, the eventual bronze medalist, were lost, and Plater was named as the 12th British entrant in his place. However, an extension of the deadline for entries was made and Barnes’s application was eventually accepted. On the day of the competition, the British team officials lost count of the number of British shooters who had competed in this event. With only -hour to go before the time limit, they called on Plater to shoot, thinking he was the 12th British shooter in the small-bore rifle when, in fact, he was the 13th - one beyond the limit. In varying light, a gusty wind, and fine drizzle, he fired his 80 rounds in less than 30 minutes, scoring 391, the leading score and a new world record. In the initial results issued by the National Rifle Association, and published in The Sporting Life, Plater was listed as the winner.

But the error of Britain having 13 competitors was then discovered and it took several days to sort out the error. It was not certain if Plater’s or Barnes’ mark would be deleted from the official results, but eventually Plater was declared an unofficial entrant and not given an Olympic medal. But in October 1908, Philip Plater was presented a special gold medal and a record diploma by the British Olympic Council.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints50P100P
1Arthur CarnellGBR387192195Gold
2Harry HumbyGBR386197189Silver
3George BarnesGBR385189196Bronze
4Maurice MatthewsGBR384195189
5Edward AmooreGBR383194189
6William PimmGBR379192187
7Archie TaylorGBR376189187
8Harold HawkinsGBR374185189
9Jack WarnerGBR373191182
=10Vilhelm CarlbergSWE370184186
=10Arthur WildeGBR370194176
12James MilneGBR368182186
13André MercierFRA366178188
14William MilneGBR363183180
15Georgios OrfanidisGRE357180177
16William HillANZ354183171
17Léon TétartFRA350176174
18Hübner von HolstSWE349172177
19Henri BonnefoyFRA304147157
ACPhilip PlaterGBR391195196Non-scoring.1