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7 bizarre ‘sports’ no longer held at the Olympic Games

Pistol duelling

This Jan. 11, 2007 file photo shows actors in period costume recreating the pistol duel in which Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton.

Shooting competitions were fairly commonplace in the early years of the modern Olympics, with a wide variety of events based around the premise of blasting holes in things. At the 1908 Olympics in London, for instance, the shooting element of the Games included such events as the Rapid-Fire Pistol, Military Rifle Teams, Running Deer Single Shot and Trap Shooting. But the strangest shooting event ever held at a Summer Games might have been the duelling pistol competitions in 1906. Competitors would stand either 20 or 25 metres from a target, then wait for the command to fire.

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