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Free Pistol, 50 metres, Open

Date27 August 1972 — 09:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSchießanlage, Hochbrück, München
Participants59 from 36 countries
Format50 metres. 60 shots in six series of 10. 600 possible.

The defending champion was the Soviet Grigory Kosykh, who also held the world record with 572. He competed at München but placed only eighth. The gold medal was an easy victory for Sweden’s Ragnar Skanåker, whose score of 567 was five points ahead of Romania’s Dan Iuga in second place. This was the first shooting event of the 1972 Olympics and brought Sweden its first shooting gold medal in 36 years. This was Skanåker’s first Olympics, but far from his last. He would compete continuously thru 1996, appearing in seven Olympic Games.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPointsR1PR2PR3PR4PR5PR6P
1Ragnar SkanåkerSWE567989295949791ORGold
2Dan IugaROU562939292959694Silver
3Rudolf DollingerAUT560919692949592Bronze
4Rajmund StachurskiPOL559918899959294
5Harald VollmarGDR558939394939392
6Hynek HromadaTCH556909492959293
7Kornél MarosváriHUN555909093929496
8Grigory KosykhURS555929394939390
9Gérard DenecheauFRA554929290959293
10Kjell JacobssonSWE554929193949292
11Dencho DenevBUL554918893949791
12Miroslav ŠtefanTCH554919395939488
13John RødsethNOR553919394939290
14Frank WyattGBR552909389959095
15Heinrich FretwurstFRG551909294939191
16Heinz MertelFRG550929190919294
17Vladimir StolypinURS550889488939592
18Jean FaggionFRA549839590969590
19Seppo IrjalaFIN548959289939089
20Pál KatkóHUN548899490978989
21Hubert GarschallAUT548919193959088
22Shigetoshi TashiroJPN546899290939290
23Zbigniew FedyczakPOL546909095929089
24Fatos PilkatiALB546939292938789
25Yoshihisa YoshikawaJPN545949087919291
26Immo HuhtinenFIN545938993879489
27Gilberto FernándezCOL544908893869196
28Jimmie DorseyUSA544948789889294
29Ivan MandovBUL544899096928592
30Fernando MirandaPUR543899191939188
31Harry CullumGBR542879387909392
32Edward JansCAN542949091869289
33Petar BajićYUG541858793969189
34Hershel AndersonUSA540919288919088
35Tserenjavyn ÖlziibayarMGL539899387899190
36Bertino de SouzaBRA539869389909289
37Sutham AswanitTHA539879389919089
38Dimitrios KotronisGRE539938697849287
39Tüdeviin MyagmarjavMGL537889089889092
40Somsak ChaiyarateTHA537898989968787
41Severino RequejoESP536889386858995
42Juventino SánchezMEX536919290878888
43Jorge HenaoCOL535888393899191
44Santiago TrompetaCUB535938789918788
45Jules SobrianCAN534918791898888
46Durval GuimarãesBRA534908792889384
47Art MacapagalPHI533888890888891
48Santiago MachucaPUR533918891849287
49Hồ Minh ThuVNM524808993868393
50Teodoro KalawPHI524828392908889
51Afërdita TushaALB522859487838786
52André ZoltanBEL521888585918785
53Jaime SánchezBOL514849189887983
54John HarunKEN512868385908583
55André AntunesPOR510838590858186
56Hương Hoàng ThiVNM487807780858481
57José ÁlvarezISV486768185857683
58Abdul Rahman OmarKEN474738479787387
59Owen PhillipsBIZ376497057617366