In 1912 future WWII general George S. Patton competed in the Stockholm Olympics in Sweden in the penthalon event. The penthalon includes fencing, shooting, swimming, jumping, sprinting, and cross country. Patton was already known as a skilled pistol shooter, having scored once scored 197 of 200, one point short of the world record. However, Patton did not used the tradition .22 cal target pistol that was traditionally used in shooting events. Instead he used a .38 cal military revolver.
During the pistol shooting section of the pentathlon, Patton was ranked first throughout most of the competition. However, on his last shot the judge marked his last shot as a miss. Patton believed his last shot had passed through a previous bullet hole, and tried to convince the judges of what happened. The judges would not accept Patton’s reasoning, and he abided by their decision, placing 21st and 5th in the overall competition. If he hadn’t have scored so badly in the pistol competition, he probably would have been an olympic medal athlete.