Malcolm Cooper

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Malcolm Cooper
Personal information
Born(1947-12-20)20 December 1947
Camberley, Surrey, England
Died9 June 2001(2001-06-09) (aged 53)
Eastergate, West Sussex, England
SportSports shooting

Malcolm Douglas Cooper, MBE, (20 December 1947 – 9 June 2001) was a British sport shooter and founder of Accuracy International. He was the first shooter to win two consecutive gold medals in the Olympic 50 metre rifle three positions event, a feat which stood unrivalled for 28 years until the 2016 Rio Olympics, when Italian shooter Niccolò Campriani matched the record by successfully defending his three position title from the 2012 London Olympics.

Cooper was born in 1947 in Camberley and learned to shoot whilst attending the Royal Hospital School[1] at Holbrook in Suffolk, UK before his family moved to New Zealand where he attended Westlake Boys High School and learned the art of shooting small bore rifles. His father, who was in the [Royal Navy] was drafted there: He started shooting competitively in 1970. In 1978 he established his own rifle making company Accuracy International. He won gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul (both in the three positions event).[2] In 1986 he was also world champion in 300 m Standard Rifle, a non-Olympic rifle discipline in which he claimed several European and World titles, as well as holding the World record for a period.

Cooper died in June 2001 after an eight-month battle with cancer. He died at his home in Eastergate, West Sussex.[2]


  1. ^ Richard Hide, house and shooting partner at RHS, Holbrook, UK 1959/60
  2. ^ a b "Malcolm Cooper". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 February 2016.

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{Richard Hide, house and shooting partner at RHS, Holbrook, UK 1959/60}}