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Margaret T. Murdock
  • Silver Medal winner in the 1976 Olympics.
  • First woman to earn an athletic letter at Kansas State University
  • Twenty-eight time shooting U.S. national champion
  • Was a pioneer, not only in shooting sports, but women’s athletics as a whole
Murdock, Margaret T.
Inducted 2007

Born: August 25, 1942 – Topeka, Kansas

Graduated: Hayden H.S., Topeka, KS 1960; Kansas State University, 1965

Overview

Her achievements and honors too numerous to list in their entirety, Margaret Thompson Murdock is simply one of the greatest competitive rifle shooters in history and a pioneer in the sport for women. Murdock won seven individual gold medals at the World Championships, five at the Pan-American Games, 28 national championships and set 13 world records. She has been inducted into numerous national and international shooting halls of fame, including the U.S. International Shooting Hall of Fame, which is now called the USA Shooting Hall of Fame.

A Pioneer

Murdock was the first woman to letter in any sport at Kansas State University. After graduating from Kansas State in 1965, Murdock, commissioned as a WAC, was assigned as a Shooting Instructor at the US Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1966, Murdock won the gold medal at the Women’s World Championship and made history one year later at the 1967 Pan American Games when she competed against the men and won the gold medal in the small-bore rifle division. She set a world record with a score of 391, making her the first woman to break a men’s world record in any sport.

Olympic Glory

Murdock also became the first woman to win an open competition at the World Shooting Championships in 1970 and was the first woman to become a member of the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team in 1976, where she won a silver medal in the small-bore, three-position rifle category. Murdock and Lanny Bassham of the U.S. tied for first place, but judges determined Bassham’s shooting had been slightly better. Bassham, unhappy with the decision, shared the victory platform with Murdock at the medal ceremony while the national anthem was being played.


Click here to see Margaret's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech