Cycling at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's team pursuit

These are the official results of the men's team pursuit at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, held on 19 to 21 October 1968. There were 85 participants from 20 nations.[1]

Men's cycling team pursuit
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Velodrome, Mexico City
Date19-21 October 1968
Competitors84 from 20 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gunnar Asmussen, Reno Olsen, Mogens Frey Jensen, Per Lyngemark, Peder Pedersen  Denmark
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Udo Hempel, Karl Link, Karl-Heinz Henrichs, Jürgen Kissner, Rainer Podlesch  West Germany
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lorenzo Bosisio, Cipriano Chemello, Luigi Roncaglia, Giorgio Morbiato, Gino Pancino  Italy
← 1964
1972 →

Competition formatEdit

The team pursuit competition consisted of a qualifying round and a 3-round knockout tournament, including a bronze medal race. Each race, in both the qualifying round and the knock-out rounds, consisted of two teams of 4 cyclists each starting from opposite sides of the track. The teams raced for 4,000 metres, attempting to finish with the fastest time (measured by the third rider) and, if possible, catch the other team. For the qualifying round, the eight fastest times overall (regardless of whether the team finished first or second in its heat, though any team that was overtaken was eliminated) earned advancement to the knockout rounds. In the knockout rounds, the winner of each heat advanced to the next round. Teams could change members between rounds.[2]

ResultsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

Taiwan (heat 1) and Congo-Kinshasa (heat 2) had teams entered but did not compete.

Rank Heat Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 10 Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
  Italy 4:16.10 Q
2 11 Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
Viktor Bykov
  Soviet Union 4:19.29 Q
3 9 Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Rainer Podlesch
  West Germany 4:19.90 Q
4 8 Jiří Daler
Pavel Kondr
Milan Puzrla
František Řezáč
  Czechoslovakia 4:21.88 Q
5 6 Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
  Denmark 4:23.58 Q
6 8 Wojciech Matusiak
Janusz Kierzkowski
Wacław Latocha
Rajmund Zieliński
  Poland 4:23.77 Q
7 11 Bernard Darmet
Daniel Rébillard
Jack Mourioux
Alain van Lancker
  France 4:24.45 Q
8 5 Ernest Bens
Ronny Vanmarcke
Willy Debosscher
Paul Crapez
  Belgium 4:26.14 Q
9 5 Ernesto Contreras
Juan Alberto Merlos
Roberto Breppe
Carlos Miguel Álvarez
  Argentina 4:26.22
10 7 Heinz Richter
Wolfgang Schmelzer
Rudolf Franz
Manfred Ulbricht
  East Germany 4:26.61
11 7 Piet Hoekstra
Henk Nieuwkamp
Klaas Balk
Joop Zoetemelk
  Netherlands 4:27.17
12 10 Ian Alsop
Harry Jackson
Ian Hallam
Ronald Keeble
  Great Britain 4:28.49
13 9 Walter Richard
Jürgen Schneider
Bruno Hubschmid
Xaver Kurmann
  Switzerland 4:28.71
14 4 Gösta Pettersson
Sture Pettersson
Erik Pettersson
Tomas Pettersson
  Sweden 4:30.03
15 6 Heriberto Díaz
Agustín Alcántara
Adolfo Belmonte
Radamés Treviño
  Mexico 4:30.78
16 3 Luis Saldarriaga
Severo Hernández
Mario Vanegas
Martín Rodríguez
  Colombia 4:31.98
17 3 David Chauner
Skip Cutting
Steve Maaranen
John Vande Velde
  United States 4:32.87
18 2 Sergio Martínez
Roberto Menéndez
Raúl Marcelo Vázquez
Inocente Lizano
  Cuba 4:34.96
19 4 Robert Farrell
Phillip Richardson
Salim Mohammed
Noel Luces
  Trinidad and Tobago 4:48.64
20 1 Pakanit Boriharnvanakhet
Somchai Chantarasamrit
Boontom Prasongquamdee
Chainarong Sophonpong
  Thailand 4:56.80

QuarterfinalsEdit

Quarterfinal 1Edit

Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
  Italy 4:22.48 Q
2 Ernest Bens
Ronny Vanmarcke
Willy Debosscher
Paul Crapez
  Belgium 4:26.05

Quarterfinal 2Edit

Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
Viktor Bykov
  Soviet Union 4:26.63 Q
2 Bernard Darmet
Daniel Rébillard
Jack Mourioux
Alain van Lancker
  France 4:30.10

Quarterfinal 3Edit

Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Rainer Podlesch
  West Germany 4:27.14 Q
2 Wojciech Matusiak
Janusz Kierzkowski
Wacław Latocha
Rajmund Zieliński
  Poland 4:38.91

Quarterfinal 4Edit

Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
  Denmark 4:27.02 Q
2 Jiří Daler
Pavel Kondr
Milan Puzrla
František Řezáč
  Czechoslovakia 4:30.76

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Jürgen Kissner
  West Germany 4:15.76 Q
2 Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Gino Pancino
  Italy 4:16.21 B

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Peder Pedersen
  Denmark 4:19.87 Q
2 Dzintars Lācis
Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Viktor Bykov
  Soviet Union 4:20.39 B

FinalsEdit

Bronze medal matchEdit

Rank Cyclists Nation Time
  Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
  Italy 4:18.35
4 Dzintars Lācis
Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
  Soviet Union 4:33.39

FinalEdit

West Germany led throughout. At one point, Kissner's hand appeared to touch teammate Henrichs. East Germany (Henrichs was a defector) protested, resulting in West Germany's disqualification. It was initially announced that Italy and the Soviet Union would move up to silver and bronze medals, respectively, but West Germany protested and the judges determined that Italy would retain bronze and the Soviet Union would be in fourth place; however, the silver medal place was at least temporarily vacant. A decision of the FIAC later awarded West Germany the silver medals.[1]

Rank Cyclists Nation Time
  Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
  Denmark 4:22.44
  Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Jürgen Kissner
  West Germany DSQ (4:18.94)

Final classificationEdit

Rank Name Nationality
  Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
Peder Pedersen
  Denmark
  Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Jürgen Kissner
Rainer Podlesch
  West Germany
  Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
Gino Pancino
  Italy
4 Dzintars Lācis
Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
Viktor Bykov
  Soviet Union
5 Ernest Bens
Ronny Vanmarcke
Willy Debosscher
Paul Crapez
  Belgium
Jiří Daler
Pavel Kondr
Milan Puzrla
František Řezáč
  Czechoslovakia
Bernard Darmet
Daniel Rébillard
Jack Mourioux
Alain van Lancker
  France
Wojciech Matusiak
Janusz Kierzkowski
Wacław Latocha
Rajmund Zieliński
  Poland
9 Pakanit Boriharnvanakhet
Somchai Chantarasamrit
Boontom Prasongquamdee
Chainarong Sophonpong
  Thailand
Sergio Martínez
Roberto Menéndez
Raúl Marcelo Vázquez
Inocente Lizano
  Cuba
David Chauner
Skip Cutting
Steve Maaranen
John Vande Velde
  United States
Gösta Pettersson
Sture Pettersson
Erik Pettersson
Tomas Pettersson
  Sweden
Heinz Richter
Wolfgang Schmelzer
Rudolf Franz
Manfred Ulbricht
  East Germany
Luis Saldarriaga
Severo Hernández
Mario Vanegas
Martín Rodríguez
  Colombia
Robert Farrell
Phillip Richardson
Salim Mohammed
Noel Luces
  Trinidad and Tobago
Ernesto Contreras
Juan Alberto Merlos
Roberto Breppe
Carlos Miguel Álvarez
  Argentina
Heriberto Díaz
Agustín Alcántara
Adolfo Belmonte
Radamés Treviño
  Mexico
Piet Hoekstra
Henk Nieuwkamp
Klaas Balk
Joop Zoetemelk
  Netherlands
Walter Richard
Jürgen Schneider
Bruno Hubschmid
Xaver Kurmann
  Switzerland
Ian Alsop
Harry Jackson
Ian Hallam
Ronald Keeble
  Great Britain

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Cycling at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games: Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  2. ^ Official Report, vol. 3, p. 627.