1954 ISSF World Shooting Championships

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The 36th UIT World Shooting Championships was the contemporary name of the ISSF World Shooting Championships in all ISSF shooting events that were held in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1954.[1] It was the first time Venezuela hosted the competition (which it did again in 1982), and a new military shooting range had been constructed in the suburbs of Caracas for the event.[2]

After their successful debut in the 1952 Summer Olympics, the Soviet Union now participated for the first time in the World Championships, and won 20 of the 30 gold medals.[1] Rifle shooter Anatoli Bogdanov, the star of the 1952 shooting competitions in Helsinki, dominated once again with six individual and four team victories. He broke the world record in the 300 metre rifle three positions match with a margin of nine points.[3] In the shotgun events, the United States and Italy were still on top, but the shooting greatness of especially Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries had now diminished, shifting the tide eastward.

As in most other events, the Soviet team won the team championship in 25 metre center-fire pistol. The American marksman Arthur Jackson commented that the western shooters watched with a mixed sense of pity and relief as the Soviet team shot their archaic Nagant M1895 revolvers in the pre-event training. On the match day they revealed their practical joke and instead brought brand new American Smith & Wesson match revolvers, shooting the same kind of gun and ammunition as the individual champion, and winning three points ahead of the American team.[4]

Medal count[edit]

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 20 6 7 33
2  Sweden 4 9 5 18
3  United States 3 6 2 11
4  Italy 2 1 0 3
5  Canada 1 0 0 1
6  Norway 0 4 5 9
7   Switzerland 0 3 2 5
8  Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
9  Finland 0 0 6 6
10  Colombia 0 0 1 1
 Cuba 0 0 1 1
 Egypt 0 0 1 1

Rifle events[edit]

Individual Team
300 metre rifle three positions
Gold  Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 1133 Gold  Soviet Union 5607
Silver  Vasily Borisov (URS) 1132 Silver   Switzerland 5505
Bronze  Vilho Ylönen (FIN) 1126 Bronze  Sweden 5491
300 metre rifle prone
Gold  Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 391 No team competition
Silver  Vasily Borisov (URS) 389
Bronze  Ernst Huber (SUI) 388
300 metre rifle kneeling
Gold  Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 380 No team competition
Silver  J. Sundberg (SWE) 379
Bronze  Vilho Ylönen (FIN) 378
300 metre rifle standing
Gold  Vasily Borisov (URS) 366 No team competition
Silver  August Hollenstein (SUI) 363
Bronze  Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 362
300 metre standard rifle
Gold  Walther Fröstell (SWE) 514 Gold  Sweden 2471
Silver  Anders Kvissberg (SWE) 513 Silver  Yugoslavia 2448
Bronze  J. Matallana (COL) 503 Bronze  Finland 2437
50 metre rifle three positions
Gold  Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 1174 Gold  Soviet Union 5802
Silver  Vasily Borisov (URS) 1172 Silver  Sweden 5765
Bronze  Vilho Ylönen (FIN) 1167 Bronze  Norway 5758
50+100 metre rifle prone
Gold  Gilmour Boa (CAN) 598 Gold  United States 2373
Silver  Kurt Johansson (SWE) 596 Silver  Sweden 2372
Bronze  August Westergaard (USA) 596 Bronze  Soviet Union 2370
50 metre rifle prone
Gold  Vasily Borisov (URS) 399 Gold  Sweden 1988
Silver  Anders Kvissberg (SWE) 399 Silver  Norway 1986
Bronze  I. Aas (NOR) 399 Bronze  Soviet Union 1986
50 metre rifle kneeling
Gold  Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 396 Gold  Soviet Union 1958
Silver  Vasily Borisov (URS) 393 Silver  Sweden 1943
Bronze  Moysey Itkis (URS) 393 Bronze  Norway 1921
50 metre rifle standing
Gold  Anatoli Bogdanov (URS) 380 Gold  Soviet Union 1865
Silver  Vasily Borisov (URS) 380 Silver  Norway 1850
Bronze  J. Sundberg (SWE) 379 Bronze   Switzerland 1843

Pistol events[edit]

Individual Team
50 metre pistol
Gold  Huelet Benner (USA) 553 Gold  Soviet Union 2722
Silver  Torsten Ullman (SWE) 552 Silver  United States 2706
Bronze  A. Jasinsky (URS) 552 Bronze  Sweden 2697
25 metre rapid fire pistol
Gold  N. Kalinichenko (URS) 584 Gold  Soviet Union 2317
Silver  William McMillan (USA) 582 Silver  United States 2292
Bronze  Pentti Linnosvuo (FIN) 581 Bronze  Finland 2289
25 metre center-fire pistol
Gold  Torsten Ullman (SWE) 586 Gold  Soviet Union 2319
Silver  Huelet Benner (USA) 585 Silver  United States 2316
Bronze  William McMillan (USA) 584 Bronze  Cuba 2263

Shotgun events[edit]

Individual Team
Trap
Gold  C. Merlo (ITA) 296 Gold  Italy 773
Silver  Galliano Rossini (ITA) 293 Silver  Sweden 768
Bronze  Hans Aasnæs (NOR) 293 Bronze  Egypt 768
Skeet
Gold  Chester Crites (USA) 148 No team competition
Silver  Kenneth Pendergrass (USA) 145
Bronze  B. Malmgren (SWE) 145

Running target events[edit]

Individual Team
100 metre running deer, double shot
Gold  D. Bobrun (URS) 213 Gold  Soviet Union 828
Silver  Vitali Romanenko (URS) 206 Silver  Sweden 804
Bronze  Vladimir Sevryugin (URS) 206 Bronze  Norway 757
100 metre running deer, single shot
Gold  Vitali Romanenko (URS) 224 Gold  Soviet Union 857
Silver  Rolf Bergersen (NOR) 221 Silver  Norway 824
Bronze  N. Prosorovsky (URS) 219 Bronze  Sweden 824

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b All World Championship medalists at the ISSF website
  2. ^ Hap Rocketto, The Art of Shooting, p. 53
  3. ^ Shooting, Sports Illustrated, November 19, 1956
  4. ^ Rocketto, p. 55