Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's time trial

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Men's track time trial
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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The french participants Flameng and Masson
Venue Neo Phaliron Velodrome
Date April 11
Competitors 8 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Paul Masson
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stamatios Nikolopoulos
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Adolf Schmal
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The men's time trial was one of 5 track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth event on the cycling schedule and was held on 11 April. The first time trial competition was the only time that Olympic time trials were held over the distance of one-third of a kilometre; when the event returned to the programme at the 1928 Summer Olympics the distance was set at one kilometre.


The time trial race was once around the track, or one-third of a kilometre. It was held on 11 April and eight cyclists competed. Masson won his third race of the day, with Schmal and Nikolopoulos tying for second place and having to compete in a race-off for the second position.

Place Athlete Time
1  Paul Masson (FRA) 24.0 s
2  Stamatios Nikolopoulos (GRE) 26.0 s
 Adolf Schmal (AUT) 26.0 s
4  Edward Battell (GBR) 26.2 s
5  Frederick Keeping (GBR) 27.0 s
 Theodor Leupold (GER) 27.0 s
 Léon Flameng (FRA) 27.0 s
8  Joseph Rosemeyer (GER) 27.2 s


Place Athlete Time
1  Stamatios Nikolopoulos (GRE) 25.4 s
2  Adolf Schmal (AUT) 26.6 s

In this race, Nikolopoulos improved upon his time from the first round, winning the race for an overall second-place finish. Schmal was slower in this race than he had been in the first one.


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