Cycling at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's individual road race

The men's individual road race was a road bicycle racing event held as part of the Cycling at the 1964 Summer Olympics programme. It was held on 22 October 1964. The course, just short of 25 kilometres, was covered 8 times for a total distance of 194.832 kilometres. 132 cyclists from 35 nations competed.[1] The maximum number of cyclists per nation was four. The event was won by Mario Zanin of Italy, the nation's second victory in the men's individual road race and third consecutive Games in the top two. Kjell Rodian earned Denmark's first medal in the event with his silver. Walter Godefroot's bronze was Belgium's fifth medal in five Games (with 2 in 1952 making up for missing the podium in 1956).

Men's cycling road race
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Hachiōji-Rundkurs.png
The course, in red
VenueHachioji Road Race Course, Tokyo
194.83 km (121.1 mi)
Date22 October 1964
Competitors132 from 35 nations
Winning time4:39:51.63
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Mario Zanin
 Italy
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Kjell Rodian
 Denmark
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Walter Godefroot
 Belgium
← 1960
1968 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the seventh appearance of the event, previously held in 1896 and then at every Summer Olympics since 1936. It replaced the individual time trial event that had been held from 1912 to 1932 (and which would be reintroduced alongside the road race in 1996). Eddy Merckx of Belgium was the reigning world champion and the only one of the last four world champions to compete (the other three had all turned professional).[2]

The Republic of China, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Thailand each made their debut in the men's individual road race. Great Britain made its seventh appearance in the event, the only nation to have competed in each appearance to date.

Competition format and courseEdit

The mass-start race was on a course that covered eight laps of a 24.354 kilometres circuit starting at the Takao train station, for a total of 194.832 kilometres. It was a "relatively easy course" that "featured a fairly steep, but short, climb of 65 metres at the 11th km., followed by a short descent, and then a mild climb over the next few kilometres."[2] The course ran into Hachioji, across the Asakawa Bridge, to Sanyu Corner, then northwest to Tobuki Cross with a detour to Takatsuki Terminal, then back south to Takao station again. It was a shorter version of the team time trial course, which went out to the Hino Bridge before looping back to Sanyu Corner.[3]

ScheduleEdit

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 22 October 1964 10:00 Final

ResultsEdit

Nobody was able to make a successful breakaway, with 99 riders closely bunched throughout the race. The best attempts all fell short with no effective tries in the last 15 kilometres. Merckx had a late effort with 1.5 kilometres left but never got more than 20 metres clear of the pack. Zanin and Rodian reached the front in the final sprint, though all 99 cyclists in the pack finished within two tenths of a second of Zanin. Precise order within the pack, particularly after 35th place, is disputed.[2]

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
  Mario Zanin   Italy 4:39:51.63
  Kjell Rodian   Denmark 4:39:51.65
  Walter Godefroot   Belgium 4:39:51.74
4 Raymond Bilney   Australia 4:39:51.74
5 José Manuel López   Spain 4:39:51.74
6 Wilfried Peffgen   United Team of Germany 4:39:51.74
7 Gösta Pettersson   Sweden 4:39:51.74
8 Delmo Delmastro   Argentina 4:39:51.74
9 Roberto Breppe   Argentina 4:39:51.74
10 Laurie Byers   New Zealand 4:39:51.74
11 Erik Pettersson   Sweden 4:39:51.74
12 Eddy Merckx   Belgium 4:39:51.74
13 Jan Kudra   Poland 4:39:51.74
14 Michael Hollingsworth   Australia 4:39:51.74
15 Ole Højlund Pedersen   Denmark 4:39:51.74
16 Hans Lüthi   Switzerland 4:39:51.74
17 Richard Johnstone   New Zealand 4:39:51.74
18 Roger Swerts   Belgium 4:39:51.74
19 Johny Schleck   Luxembourg 4:39:51.74
20 Bart Zoet   Netherlands 4:39:51.74
21 Flemming Hansen   Denmark 4:39:51.74
22 Daniel Gráč   Czechoslovakia 4:39:51.74
23 José Manuel Lasa   Spain 4:39:51.74
24 János Juszkó   Hungary 4:39:51.74
25 Colin Lewis   Great Britain 4:39:51.74
26 Terence West   Great Britain 4:39:51.74
27 Gerben Karstens   Netherlands 4:39:51.74
28 Severino Andreoli   Italy 4:39:51.74
29 Burkhard Ebert   United Team of Germany 4:39:51.75
30 Erwin Jaisli   Switzerland 4:39:51.75
31 Derek Harrison   Great Britain 4:39:51.75
32 Mariano Díaz   Spain 4:39:51.75
33 Felice Gimondi   Italy 4:39:51.76
34 Jorge Mariné   Spain 4:39:51.76
35 András Mészáros   Hungary 4:39:51.76
36 Chow Kwong Man   Hong Kong 4:39:51.76
37 Masashi Omiya   Japan 4:39:51.76
38 Jozef Boons   Belgium 4:39:51.76
39 Louis Pfenninger   Switzerland 4:39:51.76
40 Harry Steevens   Netherlands 4:39:51.76
41 Gainan Saidkhuzhin   Soviet Union 4:39:51.77
42 Jan Pieterse   Netherlands 4:39:51.77
43 Yanjingiin Baatar   Mongolia 4:39:51.77
44 Jan Magiera   Poland 4:39:51.77
45 Ricardo Vázquez   Uruguay 4:39:51.78
46 Martín Rodríguez   Colombia 4:39:51.78
47 Antal Megyerdi   Hungary 4:39:51.78
48 Francisco Pérez   Uruguay 4:39:51.78
49 Rubén Placanica   Argentina 4:39:51.79
50 Sven Hamrin   Sweden 4:39:51.79
51 Michael Cowley   Great Britain 4:39:51.79
52 Sture Pettersson   Sweden 4:39:51.79
53 Francis Bazire   France 4:39:51.80
54 Immo Rittmeyer   United Team of Germany 4:39:51.80
55 Pablo Hernández   Colombia 4:39:51.80
56 Anatoly Olizarenko   Soviet Union 4:39:51.80
57 Gabriel Moiceanu   Romania 4:39:51.80
58 Constantin Ciocan   Romania 4:39:51.81
59 Ion Cosma   Romania 4:39:51.81
60 Yury Melikhov   Soviet Union 4:39:51.81
61 Des Thomson   New Zealand 4:39:51.81
62 Aleksei Petrov   Soviet Union 4:39:51.81
63 Hans Heinemann   Switzerland 4:39:51.82
64 Vid Cencic   Uruguay 4:39:51.82
65 David Humphreys   Australia 4:39:51.82
66 Max Grace   New Zealand 4:39:51.83
67 Jiří Daler   Czechoslovakia 4:39:51.83
68 Malcolm McCredie   Australia 4:39:51.83
69 Rubén Darío Gómez   Colombia 4:39:51.83
70 František Řezáč   Czechoslovakia 4:39:51.83
71 Jan Smolík   Czechoslovakia 4:39:51.83
72 Stephen Lim   Malaysia 4:39:51.83
73 Arturo Romeo   Philippines 4:39:51.83
74 Ole Ritter   Denmark 4:39:51.83
75 John Allis   United States 4:39:51.83
76 Phạm Văn Sau   Vietnam 4:39:51.83
77 Andrzej Bławdzin   Poland 4:39:51.83
78 Günter Hoffmann   United Team of Germany 4:39:51.83
79 Mikael Saglimbeni   Ethiopia 4:39:51.83
80 Lucien Aimar   France 4:39:51.83
81 Mashallah Amin Sorour   Iran 4:39:51.83
82 Rajmund Zieliński   Poland 4:39:51.83
83 László Mahó   Hungary 4:39:51.83
84 Teófilo Toda   Peru 4:39:51.83
85 Luvsangiin Erkhemjamts   Mongolia 4:39:51.83
86 Her Jong-chau   Republic of China 4:39:51.83
87 Shue Ming-shu   Republic of China 4:39:51.83
88 Gheorghe Bădără   Romania 4:39:51.83
89 Tarwon Jirapan   Thailand 4:39:51.83
90 Trần Văn Nen   Vietnam 4:39:51.83
91 Pakdi Chillananda   Thailand 4:39:51.83
92 Chow Kwong Choi   Hong Kong 4:39:51.83
93 Melesio Soto   Mexico 4:39:51.83
94 Bernard Guyot   France 4:39:51.83
95 Christian Raymond   France 4:39:51.83
96 Edy Schütz   Luxembourg 4:39:51.83
97 Daniel Olivares   Philippines 4:39:51.83
98 Cornelio Padilla   Philippines 4:39:51.83
99 Sayed Esmail Hosseini   Iran 4:39:51.83
100 Michael Hiltner   United States 4:59:54.00
101 Akbar Poudeh   Iran 4:59:59.00
102 Wilde Baridón   Uruguay 5:01:50.00
103 Luvsangiin Buudai   Mongolia 5:01:57.00
104 Francisco Coronel   Mexico 5:02:15.00
105 Hiroshi Yamao   Japan 5:10:40.00
106 Toshiro Akamatsu   Japan 5:27:10.00
107 Lee Seon-bae   South Korea 5:27:16
An Byeong-hun   South Korea DNF
Chainarong Sophonpong   Thailand DNF
Davoud Akhlagi   Iran DNF
Deng Chueng-hwai   Republic of China DNF
Ferruccio Manza   Italy DNF
Fisihasion Ghebreyesus   Ethiopia DNF
Heriberto Díaz   Mexico DNF
Hwang Chang-sik   South Korea DNF
Raymond Castilloux   United States DNF
Mario Escobar   Colombia DNF
Michael Andrew   Malaysia DNF
Norberto Arceo   Philippines DNF
Choijiljavyn Samand   Mongolia DNF
Suleman Ambaye   Ethiopia DNF
Hamid Supaat   Malaysia DNF
Thomas Montemage   United States DNF
Vitool Charernratana   Thailand DNF
Wi Gyeong-yong   South Korea DNF
Yemane Negassi   Ethiopia DNF
Zain Safar-ud-Din   Malaysia DSQ
Nguyễn Văn Khoi   Vietnam DSQ
Masanori Tsuji   Japan DSQ
Moises López   Mexico DSQ
Mok Sau Hei   Hong Kong DSQ
Nguyễn Văn Ngan   Vietnam DSQ

NotesEdit

  • Tokyo Organizing Committee (1964). The Games of the XVIII Olympiad: Tokyo 1964, vol. 2.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cycling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Men's Road Race, Individual". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Road Race, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. ^ Official Report, vol. 2, p. 263.