Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's individual pursuit

The men's individual pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 16 at the Laoshan Velodrome. The pre-event favorite to win the gold medal was the defending Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain, who managed to retain the title, setting a new Olympic record in the preliminary round.[1]

Men's individual pursuit
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueLaoshan Velodrome
DatesAugust 15 (opening rounds)
August 16 (final)
Competitors18 from 11 nations
Winning time4:15.977
1st place, gold medalist(s) Bradley Wiggins  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Hayden Roulston  New Zealand
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Steven Burke  Great Britain
← 2004


Eighteen cyclists qualified for this event. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), the defending Olympic champion, qualified for winning the individual pursuit at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine) qualified at the late 2007 UCI World Cup event in Sydney, winning the individual pursuit there. The qualifier by way of the UCI B World Championship was Alexandr Pliuschin (Moldova). Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands), Taylor Phinney (United States), Phillip Thuaux (Australia), Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain), Alexander Serov (Russia), and David O'Loughlin (Ireland) qualified based on UCI rankings. The rest of the field was formed by berths given to the ten nations that qualified in the team pursuit. This resulted in Great Britain, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, and Russia each having two competitors in this event.

Competition formatEdit

The eighteen cyclists were matched into nine two-man heats. The riders start on opposite sides of the track from one another, held in place by a starting gate until the race begins. While the objective is ostensibly to catch the other rider on the track, victory is most commonly determined by the faster time to cover 4,000 meters. The winners of each individual heat did not matter in the preliminaries - it was instead the overall eight fastest times which would advance to the match round.

In the match round, the top eight riders from the preliminaries were matched together, 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5, for the semifinals. In the semifinals, the winner of each match advanced to race for a medal; the two fastest raced for gold and silver, while the two slower winners faced each other for the bronze.


All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Friday, 15 August 2008 16:55 Qualification
Saturday, 16 August 2008 16:30 Match round
Saturday, 16 August 2008 18:50 Final




Rank Heat Cyclist Nation Result Notes
1 9 Bradley Wiggins   Great Britain 4:15.031 Q, OR
2 8 Hayden Roulston   New Zealand 4:18.990 Q
3 9 Alexei Markov   Russia 4:21.498 Q
4 6 Volodymyr Dyudya   Ukraine 4:21.530 Q
5 2 Steven Burke   Great Britain 4:22.260 Q
6 3 Antonio Tauler   Spain 4:22.462 Q
7 6 Taylor Phinney   United States 4:22.860 Q
8 5 Alexander Serov   Russia 4:23.732 Q
9 7 Bradley McGee   Australia 4:26.084
10 5 Sergi Escobar   Spain 4:26.102
11 7 David O'Loughlin   Ireland 4:26.102
12 1 Brett Lancaster   Australia 4:26.139
13 3 Jens Mouris   Netherlands 4:27.445
14 4 Vitaliy Popkov   Ukraine 4:30.321
15 1 Fabien Sanchez   France 4:33.100
16 2 Carlos Alzate   Colombia 4:35.154
17 4 Alexandr Pliuschin   Moldova 4:35.438
18 8 Jenning Huizenga   Netherlands 4:37.097

Match roundEdit


Qualification rule: Two fastest cyclists advance to the gold medal match (Q), while the next two to the bronze medal match (q).[3]

Rank Heat Cyclist Nation Result Notes
1 4 Bradley Wiggins   Great Britain 4:16.571 Q
2 3 Hayden Roulston   New Zealand 4:19.232 Q
3 1 Steven Burke   Great Britain 4:21.558 q
4 2 Alexei Markov   Russia 4:22.308 q
5 1 Volodymyr Dyudya   Ukraine 4:22.471
6 2 Antonio Tauler   Spain 4:24.974
7 4 Alexander Serov   Russia 4:25.391
8 3 Taylor Phinney   United States 4:26.644

Medal roundEdit

Bronze medal match[4]
Rank Cyclist Nation Result Notes
  Steven Burke   Great Britain 4:20.947
4 Alexei Markov   Russia 4:24.149
Gold medal match[4]
Rank Cyclist Nation Result Notes
  Bradley Wiggins   Great Britain 4:16.977
  Hayden Roulston   New Zealand 4:19.611


  1. ^ "Men's Individual Pursuit". Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  2. ^ "Beijing 2008: Cycling - Men's Individual Pursuit Qualification" (PDF). Beijing 2008. LA84 Foundation. 15 August 2008. p. 1307. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Beijing 2008: Cycling - Men's Individual Pursuit Semifinals" (PDF). Beijing 2008. LA84 Foundation. 15 August 2008. p. 1308. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Beijing 2008: Cycling - Men's Individual Pursuit Finals" (PDF). Beijing 2008. LA84 Foundation. 15 August 2008. p. 1309. Retrieved 14 October 2013.

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