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Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men

Date 1 December 1956 — 09:00
LocationMerrett Rifle Range, Williamstown, Victoria
Participants20 from 14 countries
Format300 metres. 120 shots, 40 shots prone, 40 kneeling, and 40 standing. 400 possible at each distance, 1,200 posible overall.

The best known Soviet free rifle shooter was Anatoly Bogdanov, who had won this event in 1952, was the current world record holder, and had won the 1954 World Championship and the 1955 European Championship. But he elected to compete in small-bore events only in Melbourne, and won the gold medal in the 3-position small-bore rifle. This left the field open to two of his countrymen, with Vasily Borisov winning the gold medal over Allan Erdman, thanks to the world record 396 that Borisov shot in the kneeling phase. Borisov also competed at Melbourne in both small-bore events, winning a silver medal in the English Match.

1Vasily BorisovURS1,138396383359ORGold
2Allan ErdmanURS1,137392385360Silver
3Vilho YlönenFIN1,128387382359Bronze
4Jorma TaittoFIN1,120392379349
5Constantin AntonescuROU1,101386374341
6John SundbergSWE1,094384367343
7Anders KvissbergSWE1,093389362342
8James SmithUSA1,082381368333
9Sándor KrebsHUN1,078379364335
10Herbert VoelckerUSA1,075385355335
11Gerry OuelletteCAN1,066370357339
12Rubén ValdezPER1,044373338333
13Martin GisonPHI1,043387368288
14Guillermo BaldwinPER1,040379359302
15Wu Tao-YanTPE1,025370349306
16Ian WrigleyAUS1,021382350289
17Norman GoffAUS1,010372343295
18Steffen CranmerGBR999356336307
19Chu Hwa-IlKOR903338286279
20Saifi ChaudhryPAK26784DNC183