Running Deer Shooting

Shooting 100m Running Deer was a target shooting event that was part of the Olympic program from 1908 to 1948 and was discontinued after that. There were two different variations of the event, single-shot and double-shot, based on the number of shots fired at the target during each run.

The event consisted of a deer-shaped target which made ten 75-feet runs. Depending on the code of the event, shooters took one or two shots at the target during each run. Each run, which lasted for about 4 seconds, took place at a distance of 110 yards distant from the shooter. The target had three concentric circles. The smallest circle carried four points, three for the middle circle, and the outermost circle carried two points. A shot that hit the target outside of the circles also counted for one point as long as the hit was not on the haunch. The event was judged for a maximum of 80 possible points.

In its 1908 debut, Oscar Swahn of Sweden won the gold medal in the single shot event and the bronze medal in the double shot event. Walter Winans of the United States took the gold in the double shot event. Since then Sweden was the most successful nation in the history of the event at the Olympics, winning more medals that any other county.

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