Cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's team pursuit

The men's team pursuit event in cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics competition consisted of matches between two teams of four cyclists. The teams started at opposite ends of the track. They had 16 laps (4 kilometres) in which to catch the other cyclist. If neither was caught before one had gone 16 laps, the times for the distance (based on the third rider of the team to cross the line) were used to determine the victor.

MedalistsEdit

  Gold   Silver   Bronze
  France (FRA)
Christophe Capelle
Philippe Ermenault
Jean-Michel Monin
Francis Moreau
  Russia (RUS)
Eduard Gritsun
Nikolay Kuznetsov
Alexei Markov
Anton Shantyr
  Australia (AUS)
Brett Aitken
Stuart O'Grady
Timothy O'Shannessey
Dean Woods

ResultsEdit

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Qualifying roundEdit

For the qualifying round, teams did not face each other. Instead, they raced the 4000 metres by themselves. The top eight times qualified for the first competition round, with the other nine teams receiving a rank based on their time in this round.

Rank Team Names Time Qualification
1   France Christophe Capelle
Philippe Ermenault
Jean-Michel Monin
Francis Moreau
4:09.570 q
2   Italy Adler Capelli
Mauro Trentini
Andrea Collinelli
Cristiano Citton
4:09.695 q
3   Australia Bradley McGee
Stuart O'Grady
Timothy O'Shannessey Dean Woods
4:09.750 q
4   Ukraine Bohdan Bondaryev
Oleksandr Fedenko
Andriy Yatsenko
Alexander Simonenko
4:11.545 q
5   Russia Eduard Gritsun
Nikolay Kuznetsov
Aleksey Markov
Anton Chantyr
4:11.665 q
6   United States Dirk Copeland
Mariano Friedick
Adam Laurent
Michael McCarthy
4:11.950 q
7   Spain Juan Martínez Oliver
Juan Llaneras
Bernardo González
Adolfo Alperi
4:12.780 q
8   New Zealand Gregory Henderson
Brendon Cameron
Timothy Carswell
Julian Dean
4:15.140 q
9   Germany Robert Bartko
Guido Fulst
Danilo Hondo
Heiko Szonn
4:15.140
10   Great Britain Robert Hayes
Matt Illingworth
Bryan Steel
Chris Newton
4:16.510
11   Lithuania Arturas Kasputis
Remigijus Lupeikis
Mindaugas Umaras
Arturas Trumpauskas
4:16.050
12   Netherlands Jarich Bakker
Robertus Michie Slippens
Richard Rozendaal
Peter Schep
4:16.175
13   Denmark Frederik Bertelsen
Jimmi Madsen
Michael Nielsen
Jacob Piil
4:16.175
14   Argentina Walter Pérez
Edgardo Simón
Gonzalo Garcia
Gabriel Curuchet
4:20.840
15   South Korea Dae-Hong Chun
Young Chung
Jong-Mo Kim
Younk-Sik Noh
4:25.215
16   Chile José Medina
Luis Fernando Sepúlveda
Marco Arriagada
Marcelo Arriagada
4:25.960
17   Colombia Jhon García
Marlon Pérez
Yovani López
José Velásquez
4:26.400

Match round- Quarter FinalsEdit

In the first round of match competition, teams were seeded into matches based on their times from the qualifying round. The fastest team faced the eighth-fastest, the second-fastest faced the third, and so forth. Winners advanced to the finals while losers in each match received a final ranking based on their time in the round.

Heat 1
Team Names Time Qualification Records Overall Place
  Russia Eduard Gritsun, Nikolay Kuznetsov,
Aleksey Markov, Anton Chantyr
4:08.785 Q OR (1st)
  Ukraine Bohdan Bondaryev, Oleksandr Fedenko,
Andriy Yatsenko, Alexander Simonenko
4:12.794 (7th)
Heat 2
Team Names Time Qualification Overall Place
  Australia Bradley McGee, Stuart O'Grady,
Timothy O'Shannessey, Dean Woods
4:09.650 Q (4th)
  United States Dirk Copeland, Mariano Friedick,
Adam Laurent, Michael McCarthy
4:12.470 (6th)
Heat 3
Team Names Time Qualification Overall Place
  Italy Adler Capelli, Mauro Trentini,
Andrea Collinelli, Cristiano Citton
4:09.215 Q (3rd)
  Spain Juan Martinez, Juan Llaneras,
Bernardo González, Adolfo Alperi
4:11.310 (5th)
Heat 4
Team Names Time Qualification Overall Place
  France Christophe Capelle, Philippe Ermenault,
Jean-Michel Monin, Francis Moreau
4:08.965 Q (2nd)
  New Zealand Gregory Henderson, Brendon Cameron,
Timothy Carswell, Julian Dean
4:15.610 (8th)

Match round- Semi-FinalsEdit

Winners advanced to the medal round while losers in each match received a final ranking based on their time in the round.

Heat 1
Team Names Time Qualification Records Overall Place
  France Christophe Capelle, Philippe Ermenault,
Jean-Michel Monin, Francis Moreau
4:06.880 Q OR (1st)
  Italy Adler Capelli, Mauro Trentini,
Andrea Collinelli, Cristiano Citton
4:08.460 (4th)
Heat 2
Team Names Time Qualification Records Overall Place
  Russia Eduard Gritsun, Nikolay Kuznetsov,
Aleksey Markov, Anton Chantyr
4:06.885 Q (2nd)
  Australia Bradley McGee, Stuart O'Grady,
Timothy O'Shannessey, Dean Woods
4:07.570 (3rd)

Medal roundEdit

The third fastest team from the semi-finals received the Bronze Medal. The fastest two teams competed for the gold and silver medals.

Gold medal match
Team Names Time Records
  France Christophe Capelle, Philippe Ermenault,
Jean-Michel Monin, Francis Moreau
4:05.930 OR
  Russia Eduard Gritsun, Nikolay Kuznetsov,
Aleksey Markov, Anton Chantyr
4:07.730

Final classificationEdit

The final classification was:

  1.   France (FRA)
  2.   Russia (RUS)
  3.   Australia (AUS)
  4.   Italy (ITA)
  5.   Spain (ESP)
  6.   United States (USA)
  7.   Ukraine (UKR)
  8.   New Zealand (NZL)

ReferencesEdit