Morris FISHER

United States of America USA

Shooting

  • Olympic Medals
    5 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Antwerp 1920
  • Year of Birth
    1892
Olympic Results

Biography

Morris FISHER

A five-time gold medallist, US Marine Morris Fisher is regarded as one of the finest sport shooters in history of the Games, almost a century after his Olympic bow.

An outstanding recruit

Morris “Bud” Fisher, born in 1890 in Youngstown, Ohio (USA) entered the United States Marine Corps at an early age, initially distinguishing himself as a first-rate violinist. He might well have ended up as part of ‘The President’s Own’, the Marine Corps band, had it not been for his shooting skills, which were swiftly spotted by his superior officers, who helped him to develop his talent and encouraged him to join the Marine Rifle Team in 1912. Armed with his trusty Springfield 1903 rifle, he became a key member of the team, winning numerous shooting tournaments and earning the prestigious Distinguished Rifleman Badge, an achievement Fisher regarded as the “pinnacle of fame”.

On song in Antwerp

Fisher fought in World War I with the 13th Marine Regiment, departing for France in September 1918. At the end of the conflict, he remained in Europe and enjoyed success in several elite shooting competitions organised by the Allied Forces. After gaining a spot on the US team for the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp (BEL), he went on to win three gold medals, in the team free rifle, the team 300m military rifle (three positions) and the individual 300m free rifle (three positions) events. Before the start of the latter contest, the American marksman took 20 minutes to get himself into the right frame of mind, during which time he even played his violin, before shooting from standing, kneeling and prone positions, to finish well ahead of his rivals.

Making history in Paris

Promoted to the rank of sergeant, Fisher continued to excel in international competitions, achieving a world record points total in 1923 and securing world titles in 1923 and 1924. On 27 June 1924, in the individual 600m free rifle event at the Olympic Games in Paris, held in Châlons-sur-Marne during an oppressive heat wave, he overcame compatriot Carl Osburn in a shoot-off to become the first shooter to win individual golds at different Games. In addition, Fisher propelled his American team-mates to glory in the team free rifle event, thereby taking his Olympic gold tally to five.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Paris 1924

G
Free Rifle, Prone, 600 metres
Free Rifle, Prone, 600 metres Shooting
G
Free Rifle, 400, 600, And 800 metres, Team
Free Rifle, 400, 600, And 800 metres, Team Shooting
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Antwerp 1920

G
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres Shooting
G
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team Shooting
G
Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team
Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team Shooting