The Olympics are mere days away and what better time to look back at the only time – that we know of – that hunting, or something like it, was one of the games athletes competed in.
Pigeon shooting was an Olympic sport way back in 1900 and only in 1900 when the games were held in Paris.
During this event more than 300-released bird were shot and scored.
Monsieur Leon de Lunden of Belgium took the gold by dropping 21 birds. Second place went to Maurice Faure and third went to Donald MacIntosh.
So far as we can find out these are the only three Olympic medal holders for this event as the shoot was a one-time deal never to be repeated – with live birds anyway – again.
They use clay birds now.