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Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men

Date 4 December 1956 — 09:00
LocationMerrett Rifle Range, Williamstown, Victoria
Participants44 from 27 countries
Format50 metres. 120 shots, 40 shots prone, 40 kneeling, and 40 standing. 400 possible at each distance, 1,200 posible overall.
Olympic Record (1,200 maximum)1,164 / Vilho Ylönen FIN / 29 July 1952
1,164 / Erling Kongshaug NOR / 29 July 1952
Olympic Record (Kneeling, 400 maximum)394 / Vilho Ylönen FIN / 29 July 1952
Olympic Record (Prone, 400 maximum)400 WR / Iosif Sîrbu ROU / 29 July 1952
400 WR / Boris Andreyev URS / 29 July 1952
Olympic Record (Standing, 400 maximum)395 / Pyotr Avilov URS / 29 July 1952

Anatoly Bogdanov had won the free rifle event at the 1952 Olympic Games. In Melbourne he tied for first in this event with 1,172 points, equaling the mark of Czechoslovakia’s Otakar Hořínek. Bogdanov won the gold medal as he had the better score in prone position (396-393), which was the first tie-breaker. Bogdanov had won the 1955 European Championship in free rifle, with a new world record of 1,139, but did not defend his Olympic title in that event. He competed at Melbourne only in the small-bore events, finishing 29th in the English Match. The German father and son, Albert and Rudolf Sigl, finished 11th and 9th, respectively.

1Anatoly BogdanovURS1,172396392384ORGold
2Otakar HořínekTCH1,172393395384ORSilver
3John SundbergSWE1,167397396374Bronze
4Vasily BorisovURS1,163395391377
5Vilho YlönenFIN1,161394386381
6Gil BoaCAN1,159400391368
7Iosif SîrbuROU1,157397392368
8Anders KvissbergSWE1,156394389373
9Rudi SiglGER1,155392390373
10Sándor KrebsHUN1,154399385370
11Albert SiglGER1,154391389374
12Art JacksonUSA1,153395387371
13Uffe Schultz LarsenDEN1,152393388371
14Verle Wright, Jr.USA1,151397384370
15Erling KongshaugNOR1,151394386371
16Ole Hviid JensenDEN1,149396392361
17Jorma TaittoFIN1,148395386367
18Constantin AntonescuROU1,147394368385
19Frans LafortuneBEL1,145390381374
20Zlatko MašekYUG1,144394377373
21Gerry OuelletteCAN1,141394379368
22Wu Tao-YanTPE1,140394382364
23Steffen CranmerGBR1,140392391357
24Jacques MazoyerFRA1,139392380367
25Óscar CáceresPER1,135397382356
26Carlo VarettoITA1,135392387356
27Don TolhurstAUS1,131393389349
28Maurice RaccaFRA1,126392375359
29Luis CoquisPER1,124392379353
30Anker HagenNOR1,124390377357
31Frederick HopkinsonGBR1,123392372359
32Juan LlabotVEN1,118396369353
33Milton SobocinskiBRA1,115394374347
34Norman RuleAUS1,114393382339
35Harihar BanerjeeIND1,111379371361
36Yukio InokumaJPN1,110398376336
37Severino MoreiraBRA1,102395372335
38Haricharan ShawIND1,102392372338
39Roy CongreveKEN1,096394364338
40Tomokazu MaruyamaJPN1,085393362330
41Robin LavineRSA1,082397366319
42Charles TrotterKEN1,030391340299
43Zafar Ahmed MuhammadPAK999389353257
44Guillermo PadillaCOL983381317285