Paul Masson (cyclist)

Paul Michel Pierre Adrien Masson (11 October 1876 in Mostaganem – 30 November 1944) was a French cyclist who raced at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1][2]

Paul Masson
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Masson at Athens 1896 Summer Olympics
Medal record
Men's track cycling
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens Time trial
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens 2 kilometres sprint
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens 10 kilometres
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1897 Glasgow Sprint

In 1895, Masson's application for the French World Championship national team was rejected until later that same year he won two major races, securing his place on the team.[3]

Masson was 19 when he raced in the 1896 Summer Olympics in three track cycling events, all on the same day, winning every one. In his first event at the Neo Phaliron Velodrome, the 2 km (1.2 mi) 6-lap sprint, there were only three other finishers, German Joseph Rosemeyer having dropped out early on. Masson won the race by two seconds ahead of Stamatios Nikolopoulos of Greece, and fellow Frenchman Léon Flameng.[4][5] Masson's next race was the 10 km or 30 laps of the track, against five other riders. Both Greek riders collided early on it was left to Masson and his teammate Flameng, and Austrian Adolf Schmal, to battle it out. It went right down to the line with Masson just edging out Flameng.[6] His final race was the time trial which was one lap against the clock. Against seven other riders, Masson finished in 24 seconds, two full seconds faster than Nikolopoulos.[3]

After the Olympics he turned professional and changed his name to Paul Nassom, Masson spelled backwards. Without further major successes, his best finish was a third place in the 1897 World Professional Sprint Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.[1][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Paul Masson, bio". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Paul Masson". Olympedia. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 333⅓ metres Time Trial". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Sprint". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Masson Takes The Velodrome By Storm". olympic.org. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2017.

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