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Hall of Fame - Margaret Thompson Murdock

Margaret Thompson, 1966 World Champion in Women's Standard Rifle. She also competed on the USA 50m and 300m Free Rifle Teams that won World Championships with World Records

Date of Birth: August 25, 1942

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Events: .22 Smallbore Rifle, Highpower Rifle

Personal: Thompson first began shooting at 11 years old at the Capital City Rifle & Pistol Club in Topeka, where her father had started a Junior Rifle program. Thompson graduated Hayden High School in Kansas in 1960, then moving into her post-secondary schooling at Kansas State University, where she completed her degree in Chemistry in 1965.

After graduating college, Thompson joined the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in 1965, where she shot until she reached Captain in 1971. While at the AMU, Thompson conducted numerous clinics in the shooting sports, primarily on college campuses around the United States. She was the chief instructor for Schiessportschule I and II, Olympic development rifle schools conducted by the United States Women's International Rifle Organization. She also served as Vice-President of USWIRO for four years.

She then joined the Army Reserves and attended school for nursing at Washburn University. She recieved her degree and worked for Kansas University Medicla Center. 

Thompson won the Olmypic Spirit award for her sportsmanship in the Olympic Games of 1976.  

Competition Highlights

  • 1948 Olympic Games - Gold - 50m Free Rifle Prone 60 shots (World Record)
  • 1949 World Shooting Championships - Silver - 50m Free Rifle 3x40 shots
  • 1949 World Shooting Championships - Silver Team - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots
  • 1951 Pan American Games - Silver - 50m Free Rifle 3x40 shots
  • 1952 World Shooting Championships - Bronze - 50m Free Rifle Prone 40 shots
  • 1952 World Shooting Championships - Gold team - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots (World Record - team)
  • 1954 World Shooting Championships - Gold team - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots (World Record - team)
  • 1959 Pan American Games - Gold - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World 300m Free Rifle Champions

 Margaret Thompson with the Argentine Trophy (World 300m Free Rifle Team Championship) and teammates Lones Wigger, Gary Anderson and John Foster at the 1966 World Shooting Championships

 

1967 Pan American Games

 Margaret Thompson won the 1967 Pan American Games 50m Free Rifle 3x40 event to become the first woman to win an individual gold medal in an open UIT event. She also tied the World Record in the 50m Kneeling 40 shots event.

 

Margaret Murdock

Margaret Murdock, 1970 World 300m Free Rifle Standing Champion

 

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Anschutz 1407 Standard Rifle

 Margaret used an Anschutz 1407 Standard Rifle to win the 1966 and 1970 World Championships in Women's Standard Rifle 3x20 and the 1974 World Championship in Women's Standard Rifle Prone.

 

Margaret Murdock

 

 

Anschutz 1413

 Margaret used an Anschutz 1413 in the open smallbore free rifle events in the 1967 Pan American Games, 1973 Championships of the Americas, 1974 World Shooting Championships, 1975 Pan American Games and the 1976 Olympic Games.

 

1973 Championships of the Americas
1973 Championships of the Americas

 1973 Championships of the Americas

 

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1974 World Champions

Margaret Murdock with teammates Lanny Bassham, Lones Wigger and Jack Writer after winning the 1974 World 50m Free Rifle Team Championship

 

Margaret Murdock

 

Margaret Murdock

Margaret Murdock, 1974 World 50m Standard Rifle Prone Champion

Murdock at 1975 Pan Am Games

Margaret Murdock - 1975 Pan American Games 50m Free Rifle Champion

 

Margaret Murdock with 1975 Pan American Games Champions

 Margaret Murdock with 1975 Pan American Games Champions

 

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Murdock and Bassham at 1976 Olympic Games

Margaret Murdock joins Lanny Bassham on 1976 Olympic Games award stand. Her Olympic Silver Medal is the first in Olympic history for a female shooter!

 

U.S. Distinguished International Shooter Badge
 

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