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Shooting at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre pistol

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Men's 50 metre pistol
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Shooting pictogram
VenueNational Shooting Centre
Date2 August
Competitors50 from 22 nations
Winning score545
1st place, gold medalist(s) Edwin Vásquez
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Rudolf Schnyder
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Torsten Ullman
← 1936
1952 →

The men's ISSF 50 meter pistol was a shooting sports event held as part of the Shooting at the 1948 Summer Olympics programme. It was the seventh appearance of the event. The competition was held on 2 August 1948 at the shooting ranges at London. 50 shooters from 22 nations competed.[1] Nations had been limited to three shooters each since the 1932 Games. The event was won by Edwin Vásquez of Peru in the nation's debut in the free pistol. Vásquez is still (through the 2020 Games) the only Peruvian athlete to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games.[2] Rudolf Schnyder of Switzerland took silver. Defending champion Torsten Ullman of Sweden earned bronze, the second man to win multiple medals in the event.



This was the seventh appearance of the ISSF 50 meter pistol event. The event was held at every Summer Olympics from 1896 to 1920 (except 1904, when no shooting events were held) and from 1936 to 2016; it was nominally open to women from 1968 to 1980, although very few women participated these years. A separate women's event would be introduced in 1984.[3] 1896 and 1908 were the only Games in which the distance was not 50 metres; the former used 30 metres and the latter 50 yards.[4][5]

Four of the top 10 shooters from the 1936 Games returned despite the 12-year hiatus: gold medalist Torsten Ullman of Sweden, fourth-place finisher Marcel Bonin of France, seventh-place finisher Georgios Stathis of Greece, and ninth-place finisher Sándor Tölgyesi of Hungary. Ullman was the reigning world champion as well, having regained the title in 1947 after coming second in 1937 to break a streak of three victories in 1933, 1935, and 1937. Oscar Bidegain of Argentina had been the runner-up in 1947.

Cuba, Lebanon, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain each made their debut in the event. Greece and the United States each made their sixth appearance, tied for most of any nation.

Vásquez used a Hämmerli MP33.

Competition format


The competition had each shooter fire 60 shots, in 6 series of 10 shots each, at a distance of 50 metres. The target was round, 50 centimetres in diameter, with 10 scoring rings. Scoring for each shot was up to 10 points, in increments of 1 point. The maximum score possible was 600 points. The time limit for each series of 10 shots was 20 minutes. Any pistol was permitted. Ties were broken first by bulls-eyes (7s and above), then by 10s, then by 9s, etc.[5][6]



Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.[7]

World record  Torsten Ullman (SWE) 559 Berlin, Germany 7 August 1936
Olympic record  Torsten Ullman (SWE) 559 Berlin, Germany 7 August 1936

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.


Date Time Round
Monday, 2 August 1948 9:00 Final



The three-way tie for second was broken first by bulls-eyes (7s and above, the middle 20 cm diameter); Benner had 58 while Schnyder and Ullman had both put all 60 shots in the target area, so the American placed fourth and the other two continued to the next tie-breaker. There, the advantage went to Schnyder with 21 10s against Ullman's 16.[5][6]

Rank Shooter Nation Score
1st place, gold medalist(s) Edwin Vásquez  Peru 545
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Rudolf Schnyder  Switzerland 539
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Torsten Ullman  Sweden 539
4 Huelet Benner  United States 539
5 Beat Rhyner  Switzerland 536
6 Ángel León Gozalo  Spain 534
7 Ambrus Balogh  Hungary 532
8 Marcel Lafortune  Belgium 530
9 Federico Grüben  Argentina 527
10 Eino Saarnikko  Finland 527
11 Sture Nordlund  Sweden 527
12 Walter Walsh  United States 525
13 Lajos Börzsönyi  Hungary 525
14 Sándor Tölgyesi  Hungary 525
15 Heinz Ambühl  Switzerland 524
16 Oscar Bidegain  Argentina 523
17 Quentin Brooks  United States 523
18 Ignacio Cruzat  Chile 522
19 Klaus Lahti  Finland 522
20 Väinö Skarp  Finland 520
21 Guy Granet  Great Britain 519
22 Lars Berg  Sweden 517
23 John Gallie  Great Britain 517
24 Jacques Mazoyer  France 516
25 Martin Gison  Philippines 514
26 Albert von Einsiedel  Philippines 512
27 Wenceslao Salgado  Peru 512
28 Silvino Ferreira  Brazil 511
29 Marcel Bonin  France 511
30 Gunnar Svendsen  Norway 510
31 Álvaro dos Santos Filho  Brazil 509
32 Vangelis Khrysafis  Greece 509
33 Nikolaos Tzovlas  Greece 508
34 César Injoque  Peru 507
35 Juan Rostagno  Argentina 507
36 Stefano Margotti  Italy 503
37 Luis Ruiz Tagle  Chile 502
38 Luis Palomo  Spain 501
39 Miguel Barasorda  Puerto Rico 501
40 Roberto Müller  Chile 497
41 Herman Schultz  Monaco 495
42 Moysés Cardoso  Portugal 485
43 Peter Marchant  Great Britain 484
44 Georgios Stathis  Greece 484
45 Mauritz Amundsen  Norway 483
46 Carlos Queiroz  Portugal 482
47 Godofredo Basso  Cuba 477
48 R. Stéphan  France 477
49 Enrique Tejeda  Cuba 470
50 Khalil Hilmi  Lebanon 331


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  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 369. ISBN 0140066322.
  3. ^ "Shooting". Olympedia. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Historical Results". issf-sports.org. International Shooting Sport Federation. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Free Pistol, 50 Metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b Official Report, p. 440.
  7. ^ "Free Pistol, 50 Metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 15 December 2020.