Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's sprint

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Men's sprint
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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The French medalists Flameng and Masson
Venue Neo Phaliron Velodrome
Date April 11
Competitors 4 from 3 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Paul Masson
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stamatios Nikolopoulos
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Léon Flameng
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1896 Summer Olympics
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The men's sprint was one of the five track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was held on 11 April as the second event on the schedule. It was held over the distance of 2 kilometres, or six laps of the track.


Place Athlete Time
1  Paul Masson (FRA) 4:58.2
2  Stamatios Nikolopoulos (GRE) 5:00.2
3  Léon Flameng (FRA) Unknown
 Joseph Rosemeyer (GER) DNF

Four athletes entered the race. Rosemeyer of Germany had mechanical problems during the race and left the course without finishing. The French cyclists took 1st and 3rd places, while Nikolopoulos of Greece finished second.


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  • Mallon, Bill; Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.