Cycling at the 1980 Summer Olympics – Men's track time trial
The men's track time trial event at the 1980 Summer Olympics took place on 22 July 1980 in Moscow Olympic Velodrome. There were 18 competitors from 18 nations, with one additional cyclist entered but not starting. The event was won by Lothar Thoms of East Germany, the nation's second consecutive victory in the men's track time trial (tying Australia, Italy, and Denmark for second-most all-time). Aleksandr Panfilov of the Soviet Union took silver, the nation's first medal in the event since 1960. David Weller's bronze remains—through the 2016 Games—Jamaica's only medal outside of track and field athletics (77 athletics medals, 1 cycling medal). Denmark's three-Games medal streak (entirely the work of Niels Fredborg) ended.
|Men's track time trial|
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
Soviet stamp commemorating 1980 Olympic cycling
|Venue||Krylatskoye Sports Complex Velodrome|
|Competitors||18 from 18 nations|
|Winning time||1:02.955 WR|
This was the 13th appearance of the event, which had previously been held in 1896 and every Games since 1928. It would be held every Games until being dropped from the programme after 2004. The only returning cyclist from 1976 was eleventh-place finisher David Weller of Jamaica. Among the boycotting nations, there weren't any cyclists who would be considered contenders. The favorite was East German Lothar Thoms, the 1978 and 1979 world champion.
Ecuador, Libya, and Zimbabwe each made their debut in the men's track time trial. France and Great Britain each made their 13th appearance, having competed at every appearance of the event.
The following were the world and Olympic records prior to the competition.
|World record||Pierre Trentin (FRA)||1:03.91||Mexico City, Mexico||17 October 1968|
|Olympic record||Pierre Trentin (FRA)||1:03.91||Mexico City, Mexico||17 October 1968|
Lothar Thoms broke the world record by nearly a full second, recording a time of 1:02.955. No other cyclist came close to the old record time.
|Tuesday, 22 July 1980||19:00||Final|
|Lothar Thoms||East Germany||1:02.955||WR|
|Aleksandr Panfilov||Soviet Union||1:04.845|
|9||Terrence Tinsley||Great Britain||1:07.542|
- "Cycling at the 1980 Summer Games: Men's 1000 m time trial". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- The Official Report of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXII Olympiad Moscow 1980 Volume 3 (PDF). p. 203. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "1,000 metres Time Trial, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
- Official Report, vol. 3, p. 203.