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Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Open

Date23 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationPolígono de Tiro Vicente Suárez, Campo Militar No. 1, Ciudad de México
Participants30 from 16 countries
Format300 metres. 120 shots, 40 shots prone, 40 kneeling, and 40 standing. 400 possible at each distance, 1,200 posible overall.

The defending champion, Gary Anderson (USA), was the world record holder in the free rifle and the small-bore rifle three position events. He was favored, having won four World Championships in 1962 and three in 1966. In Ciudad de México he won quite comfortably (by six points), breaking his own world record in the process. Anderson won the 1969 small-bore three position World Championship with a world record 1,182 and then retired from shooting sport. Originally a minister, he later became Executive Director of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the United States and a state legislator in his native Nebraska.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsPPKPSP
1Gary AndersonUSA1,157394389374WRGold
2Valentin KornevURS1,151398384369Silver
3Kurt MüllerSUI1,148395379374Bronze
4Shota KveliashviliURS1,142394383365
5Erwin VogtSUI1,140398384358
6Hartmut SommerGDR1,140389384367
7John FosterUSA1,140386386368
8Petre ȘandorROU1,138394376368
9Elling ØvergårdNOR1,135397382356
10Lajos PappHUN1,135391385359
11Juhani LaaksoFIN1,135382386367
12Jan KůrkaTCH1,133391380362
13Sven JohanssonSWE1,129393386350
14Bjørn BakkenNOR1,129392380357
15Ryszard FandierPOL1,127389381357
16Ferenc PetrováczHUN1,126390379357
17Kurt JohanssonSWE1,125395385345
18Ondrej ŠimaTCH1,121391378352
19Osmo Ala-HonkolaFIN1,120391384345
20Eugeniusz PędziszPOL1,117385376356
21Olegario VázquezMEX1,110389365356
22Adolfo FelicianoPHI1,108378371359
23Uto WunderlichGDR1,107377374356
24Ștefan KabanROU1,102392367343
25José GonzálezMEX1,092370366356
26Wu Tao-YanTPE1,085378369338
27Yondonjamtsyn BatsükhMGL1,082390364328
28Bernardo San JuanPHI1,060379349332
29José MarroquínGUA1,027380333314
30Felipe OrtizGUA1,023377343303