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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]

Men's cycling sprint
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Velopark
Date 4 to 6 August
Competitors 17 from 17 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Jason Kenny  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Grégory Baugé  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Shane Perkins  Australia
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Jason Kenny from Great Britain won the gold medal, beating Grégory Baugé of France in the final. Australia's Shane Perkins took bronze.


Competition formatEdit

The event was a single-elimination tournament after seeding via time trial. Each match pitted two cyclists against each other in the best-of-three races. Each race was three laps of the track with side-by-side starts.[2]


All times are (British Summer Time)

Date Time Round
Saturday 4 August 2012 10:00 & 16:00 Qualifications / Heats
Sunday 5 August 2012 16:35 Quarter-finals
Monday 6 August 2012 16:00



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

First roundEdit

First round repechageEdit

Second roundEdit

Second round repechageEdit

9th—12th place classificationsEdit

Name Time Avg speed (km/h) Rank
  Seiichiro Nakagawa (JPN) 10.950 65.753 9
  Pavel Kelemen (CZE) 10
  Bernard Esterhuizen (RSA) 11
  Hersony Canelón (VEN) 12


5th—8th place classificationsEdit

Name Time Avg speed (km/h) Rank
  Denis Dmitriev (RUS) 10.340 69.632 5
  Jimmy Watkins (USA) 6
  Robert Förstemann (GER) 7
  Azizulhasni Awang (MAS) 8



Bronze medal match
Name Time (Race 1) Time (Race 2) Rank
  Njisane Phillip (TRI) 4
  Shane Perkins (AUS) 10.489 10.297  
Gold medal match
Name Time (Race 1) Time (Race 2) Rank
  Jason Kenny (GBR) 10.232 10.308  
  Grégory Baugé (FRA)  


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. [3]