Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's sprint

The men's cycling sprint at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place at the London Velopark from 4 to 6 August.[1] There were 17 competitors from 17 nations, with nations once again limited to one cyclist each (the limit had fluctuated between one and two since 1928). The event was won by Jason Kenny of Great Britain, the nation's second consecutive victory in the men's sprint. Kenny was the eighth man to win multiple medals in the event. Kenny beat Grégory Baugé of France in the final. Australia's Shane Perkins took bronze.

Men's cycling sprint
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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Jason Kenny
VenueLondon Velopark
Dates4 to 6 August
Competitors17 from 17 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Jason Kenny  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Grégory Baugé  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Shane Perkins  Australia
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BackgroundEdit

This was the 25th appearance of the event, which has been held at every Summer Olympics except 1904 and 1912. Two of the quarterfinalists from 2008 returned: silver medalist Jason Kenny of Great Britain and eighth-place finisher Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia. The favorite was Grégory Baugé of France, the four-time world champion (2009–2012). The British team, which had both of the finalists at the 2008 Beijing Games (Kenny and champion Chris Hoy), had to choose one because of the rule change that limited nations to one cyclist; Kenny, who had taken silver in the 2011 and 2012 world championships, was selected over Hoy, who had taken bronze in those years. (Baugé's 2011 title was later stripped due to missed doping tests, retroactively elevating Kenny and Hoy to world champion and runner-up). Kenny had never beaten Baugé head-to-head.[2]

No nations made their debut in the men's sprint. France made its 25th appearance, the only nation to have competed at every appearance of the event.

QualificationEdit

There were 18 quota places available for the men's sprint, with a maximum of one cyclist per nation. The 10 nations qualified for the team sprint event could each enter one member of the team in the individual sprint. The other eight places went to the top eight remaining nations on the 2010–12 UCI rankings not yet qualified.

Competition formatEdit

The event was a single-elimination tournament, with repechages after the first two rounds, after seeding via time trial. The time trial involved an 875 metre distance, but with only the last 200 metres timed. All other races were 750 metres (three laps of the track) with side-by-side starts, with time kept for the last 200 metres. The first two main rounds featured single head-to-head races, with winners advancing and losers competing in repechages. Repechage races were contested by up to 3 cyclists. Beginning with the quarterfinals, each match pitted two cyclists against each other in best-of-three races.[3][2]

RecordsEdit

The records for the sprint are 200 metre flying time trial records, kept for the qualifying round in later Games as well as for the finish of races.

World record   Kevin Sireau (FRA) 9.572 Moscow, Russia 30 May 2009
Olympic record   Chris Hoy (GBR) 9.815 Beijing, China 17 August 2008

Jason Kenny set a new Olympic record of 9.713 seconds in the qualifying round.

ScheduleEdit

All times are (British Summer Time)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 4 August 2012 10:00
11:01
16:00
16:35
17:34
18:30
Qualifying round
Round 1
First repechage
1/8 finals
Second repechage
Classification 9–12
Sunday, 5 August 2012 16:34
18:47
Quarterfinals
Classification 5–8
Monday, 6 August 2012 16:00
17:43
 
Semifinals
Bronze medal match
Final

ResultsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Jason Kenny   Great Britain 9.713 74.127 Q, OR
2 Grégory Baugé   France 9.952 72.347 Q
3 Shane Perkins   Australia 9.987 72.093 Q
4 Robert Förstemann   Germany 10.072 71.485 Q
5 Denis Dmitriev   Russia 10.088 71.371 Q
6 Hersony Canelón   Venezuela 10.123 71.125 Q
7 Seiichiro Nakagawa   Japan 10.144 70.977 Q
8 Zhang Miao   China 10.155 70.901 Q
9 Eddie Dawkins   New Zealand 10.201 70.581 Q
10 Njisane Phillip   Trinidad and Tobago 10.202 70.574 Q
11 Azizulhasni Awang   Malaysia 10.226 70.408 Q
12 Jimmy Watkins   United States 10.247 70.264 Q
13 Pavel Kelemen   Czech Republic 10.311 69.828 Q
14 Damian Zielinski   Poland 10.323 69.747 Q
15 Bernard Esterhuizen   South Africa 10.350 69.565 Q
16 Hodei Mazquiaran   Spain 10.604 67.898 Q
17 Zafeiris Volikakis   Greece 10.663 67.523 Q

Round 1Edit

Heat 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Grégory Baugé   France wo Q
Zafeiris Volikakis   Greece DNS

Heat 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Shane Perkins   Australia 10.722 67.151 Q
2 Hodei Mazquiaran   Spain R

Heat 3Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Robert Förstemann   Germany 11.100 64.864 Q
2 Bernard Esterhuizen   South Africa R

Heat 4Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Denis Dmitriev   Russia 10.690 67.352 Q
2 Damian Zielinski   Poland R

Heat 5Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Pavel Kelemen   Czech Republic 10.840 66.420 Q
2 Hersony Canelón   Venezuela R

Heat 6Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Jimmy Watkins   United States 10.399 69.237 Q
2 Seiichiro Nakagawa   Japan R

Heat 7Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Azizulhasni Awang   Malaysia 10.473 68.748 Q
2 Zhang Miao   China R

Heat 8Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Njisane Phillip   Trinidad and Tobago 10.221 70.443 Q
2 Eddie Dawkins   New Zealand R

First repechageEdit

First repechage heat 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Hersony Canelón   Venezuela 10.439 68.972 Q
2 Eddie Dawkins   New Zealand

First repechage heat 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Seiichiro Nakagawa   Japan 10.792 66.716 Q
2 Damian Zielinski   Poland

First repechage heat 3Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Bernard Esterhuizen   South Africa 10.762 66.902 Q
2 Hodei Mazquiaran   Spain
3 Zhang Miao   China

1/8 finalsEdit

1/8 final 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Jason Kenny   Great Britain 10.363 69.477 Q
2 Bernard Esterhuizen   South Africa R

1/8 final 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Grégory Baugé   France 10.490 68.636 Q
2 Seiichiro Nakagawa   Japan R

1/8 final 3Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Shane Perkins   Australia 10.978 65.585 Q
2 Hersony Canelón   Venezuela REL R

1/8 final 4Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Njisane Phillip   Trinidad and Tobago 10.467 Q
2 Robert Förstemann   Germany R

1/8 final 5Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Denis Dmitriev   Russia 10.278 70.052 Q
2 Azizulhasni Awang   Malaysia R

1/8 final 6Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Jimmy Watkins   United States 10.511 68.499 Q
2 Pavel Kelemen   Czech Republic R

Second repechageEdit

Second repechage heat 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Robert Förstemann   Germany 10.881 66.170 Q
2 Pavel Kelemen   Czech Republic C
3 Bernard Esterhuizen   South Africa C

Second repechage heat 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
Notes
1 Azizulhasni Awang   Malaysia 10.456 68.859 Q
2 Hersony Canelón   Venezuela C
3 Seiichiro Nakagawa   Japan C

QuarterfinalsEdit

Quarterfinal 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Notes
1 Jason Kenny   Great Britain 10.433 10.030 N/A Q
2 Azizulhasni Awang   Malaysia N/A C

Quarterfinal 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Notes
1 Grégory Baugé   France 10.472 10.300 N/A Q
2 Robert Förstemann   Germany N/A C

Quarterfinal 3Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Notes
1 Shane Perkins   Australia 10.520 10.263 N/A Q
2 Jimmy Watkins   United States N/A C

Quarterfinal 4Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Notes
1 Njisane Phillip   Trinidad and Tobago 10.545 10.300 N/A Q
2 Denis Dmitriev   Russia N/A C

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Notes
1 Jason Kenny   Great Britain 10.159 10.166 N/A Q
2 Njisane Phillip   Trinidad and Tobago N/A B

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Notes
1 Grégory Baugé   France 10.358 10.268 N/A Q
2 Shane Perkins   Australia N/A B

FinalsEdit

Classification 9—12Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
9 Seiichiro Nakagawa   Japan 10.950 65.753
10 Pavel Kelemen   Czech Republic
11 Bernard Esterhuizen   South Africa
12 Hersony Canelón   Venezuela

Classification 5—8Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
200 m
Speed
km/h
5 Denis Dmitriev   Russia 10.340 69.632
6 Jimmy Watkins   United States
7 Robert Förstemann   Germany
8 Azizulhasni Awang   Malaysia

Bronze medal matchEdit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
  Shane Perkins   Australia 10.489 10.297 N/A
4 Njisane Phillip   Trinidad and Tobago N/A

Gold medal matchEdit

Rank Cyclist Nation Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
  Jason Kenny   Great Britain 10.232 10.308 N/A
  Grégory Baugé   France N/A

NotesEdit

The first round was meant to have 9 heats, with a total of 18 riders. However, due to a rider from the Netherlands withdrawing from the competition the first round had 17 riders with Jason Kenny receiving a bye and therefore automatically qualifying for the next round. Because there was 17 competitors rather than 18, Christos Volikakis, who qualified in 17th place thought that he did not qualify and the competition was switched to a 16 rider format, resulting in him leaving the competition. This was not the case, and therefore Gregory Bauge also qualified automatically. Despite qualifying automatically, both riders had to ride half a lap of the track to qualify.[4]

Final classificationEdit

Rank Cyclist Nation
  Jason Kenny   Great Britain
  Grégory Baugé   France
  Shane Perkins   Australia
4 Njisane Phillip   Trinidad and Tobago
5 Denis Dmitriev   Russia
6 Jimmy Watkins   United States
7 Robert Förstemann   Germany
8 Azizulhasni Awang   Malaysia
9 Seiichiro Nakagawa   Japan
10 Pavel Kelemen   Czech Republic
11 Bernard Esterhuizen   South Africa
12 Hersony Canelón   Venezuela
13 Zhang Miao   China
14 Eddie Dawkins   New Zealand
15 Damian Zielinski   Poland
16 Hodei Mazquiaran   Spain
17 Zafeiris Volikakis   Greece

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cycling Track
  2. ^ a b "Sprint, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  3. ^ Sprint format competition
  4. ^ http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/racing/olympics/kenny-lights-up-a-stuttering-mens-sprint-competition-40241