Cycling at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's team pursuit

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Men's cycling team pursuit
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Velodrome, Mexico City
Date19-21 October 1968
Competitors84 from 20 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gunnar Asmussen, Reno Olsen, Mogens Frey Jensen, Per Lyngemark, Peder Pedersen  Denmark
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Udo Hempel, Karl Link, Karl-Heinz Henrichs, Jürgen Kissner, Rainer Podlesch  West Germany
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lorenzo Bosisio, Cipriano Chemello, Luigi Roncaglia, Giorgio Morbiato, Gino Pancino  Italy
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1972 →

These are the official results of the men's team pursuit at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, held on 19 to 21 October 1968. There were 85 participants from 20 nations.[1]

Competition format

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The team pursuit competition consisted of a qualifying round and a 3-round knockout tournament, including a bronze medal race. Each race, in both the qualifying round and the knock-out rounds, consisted of two teams of 4 cyclists each starting from opposite sides of the track. The teams raced for 4,000 metres, attempting to finish with the fastest time (measured by the third rider) and, if possible, catch the other team. For the qualifying round, the eight fastest times overall (regardless of whether the team finished first or second in its heat, though any team that was overtaken was eliminated) earned advancement to the knockout rounds. In the knockout rounds, the winner of each heat advanced to the next round. Teams could change members between rounds.[2]

Results

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Qualifying round

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Taiwan (heat 1) and Congo-Kinshasa (heat 2) had teams entered but did not compete.

Rank Heat Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 10 Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
 Italy 4:16.10 Q
2 11 Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
Viktor Bykov
 Soviet Union 4:19.29 Q
3 9 Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Rainer Podlesch
 West Germany 4:19.90 Q
4 8 Jiří Daler
Pavel Kondr
Milan Puzrla
František Řezáč
 Czechoslovakia 4:21.88 Q
5 6 Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
 Denmark 4:23.58 Q
6 8 Wojciech Matusiak
Janusz Kierzkowski
Wacław Latocha
Rajmund Zieliński
 Poland 4:23.77 Q
7 11 Bernard Darmet
Daniel Rébillard
Jack Mourioux
Alain van Lancker
 France 4:24.45 Q
8 5 Ernest Bens
Ronny Vanmarcke
Willy Debosscher
Paul Crapez
 Belgium 4:26.14 Q
9 5 Ernesto Contreras
Juan Alberto Merlos
Roberto Breppe
Carlos Miguel Álvarez
 Argentina 4:26.22
10 7 Heinz Richter
Wolfgang Schmelzer
Rudolf Franz
Manfred Ulbricht
 East Germany 4:26.61
11 7 Piet Hoekstra
Henk Nieuwkamp
Klaas Balk
Joop Zoetemelk
 Netherlands 4:27.17
12 10 Ian Alsop
Harry Jackson
Ian Hallam
Ronald Keeble
 Great Britain 4:28.49
13 9 Walter Richard
Jürgen Schneider
Bruno Hubschmid
Xaver Kurmann
 Switzerland 4:28.71
14 4 Gösta Pettersson
Sture Pettersson
Erik Pettersson
Tomas Pettersson
 Sweden 4:30.03
15 6 Heriberto Díaz
Agustín Alcántara
Adolfo Belmonte
Radamés Treviño
 Mexico 4:30.78
16 3 Luis Saldarriaga
Severo Hernández
Mario Vanegas
Martín Emilio Rodríguez
 Colombia 4:31.98
17 3 David Chauner
Skip Cutting
Steve Maaranen
John Vande Velde
 United States 4:32.87
18 2 Sergio Martínez
Roberto Menéndez
Raúl Marcelo Vázquez
Inocente Lizano
 Cuba 4:34.96
19 4 Robert Farrell
Phillip Richardson
Salim Mohammed
Noel Luces
 Trinidad and Tobago 4:48.64
20 1 Pakanit Boriharnvanakhet
Somchai Chantarasamrit
Boontom Prasongquamdee
Chainarong Sophonpong
 Thailand 4:56.80

Quarterfinals

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Quarterfinal 1

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Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
 Italy 4:22.48 Q
2 Ernest Bens
Ronny Vanmarcke
Willy Debosscher
Paul Crapez
 Belgium 4:26.05

Quarterfinal 2

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Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
Viktor Bykov
 Soviet Union 4:26.63 Q
2 Bernard Darmet
Daniel Rébillard
Jack Mourioux
Alain van Lancker
 France 4:30.10

Quarterfinal 3

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Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Rainer Podlesch
 West Germany 4:27.14 Q
2 Wojciech Matusiak
Janusz Kierzkowski
Wacław Latocha
Rajmund Zieliński
 Poland 4:38.91

Quarterfinal 4

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Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
 Denmark 4:27.02 Q
2 Jiří Daler
Pavel Kondr
Milan Puzrla
František Řezáč
 Czechoslovakia 4:30.76

Semifinals

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Semifinal 1

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Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Jürgen Kissner
 West Germany 4:15.76 Q
2 Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Gino Pancino
 Italy 4:16.21 B

Semifinal 2

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Rank Cyclists Nation Time Notes
1 Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Peder Pedersen
 Denmark 4:19.87 Q
2 Dzintars Lācis
Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Viktor Bykov
 Soviet Union 4:20.39 B

Finals

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Bronze medal match

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Rank Cyclists Nation Time
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
 Italy 4:18.35
4 Dzintars Lācis
Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
 Soviet Union 4:33.39

Final

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West Germany led throughout. At one point, Kissner's hand appeared to touch teammate Henrichs. East Germany (Henrichs was a defector) protested, resulting in West Germany's disqualification. It was initially announced that Italy and the Soviet Union would move up to silver and bronze medals, respectively, but West Germany protested and the judges determined that Italy would retain bronze and the Soviet Union would be in fourth place; however, the silver medal place was at least temporarily vacant. A decision of the FIAC later awarded West Germany the silver medals.[1]

Rank Cyclists Nation Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
 Denmark 4:22.44
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Jürgen Kissner
 West Germany DSQ (4:18.94)

Final classification

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Rank Name Nationality
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gunnar Asmussen
Reno Olsen
Mogens Frey Jensen
Per Lyngemark
Peder Pedersen
 Denmark
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Udo Hempel
Karl Link
Karl-Heinz Henrichs
Jürgen Kissner
Rainer Podlesch
 West Germany
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lorenzo Bosisio
Cipriano Chemello
Luigi Roncaglia
Giorgio Morbiato
Gino Pancino
 Italy
4 Dzintars Lācis
Stanislav Moskvin
Vladimir Kuznetsov
Mikhail Kolyushev
Viktor Bykov
 Soviet Union
5 Ernest Bens
Ronny Vanmarcke
Willy Debosscher
Paul Crapez
 Belgium
Jiří Daler
Pavel Kondr
Milan Puzrla
František Řezáč
 Czechoslovakia
Bernard Darmet
Daniel Rébillard
Jack Mourioux
Alain van Lancker
 France
Wojciech Matusiak
Janusz Kierzkowski
Wacław Latocha
Rajmund Zieliński
 Poland
9 Pakanit Boriharnvanakhet
Somchai Chantarasamrit
Boontom Prasongquamdee
Chainarong Sophonpong
 Thailand
Sergio Martínez
Roberto Menéndez
Raúl Marcelo Vázquez
Inocente Lizano
 Cuba
David Chauner
Skip Cutting
Steve Maaranen
John Vande Velde
 United States
Gösta Pettersson
Sture Pettersson
Erik Pettersson
Tomas Pettersson
 Sweden
Heinz Richter
Wolfgang Schmelzer
Rudolf Franz
Manfred Ulbricht
 East Germany
Luis Saldarriaga
Severo Hernández
Mario Vanegas
Martín Rodríguez
 Colombia
Robert Farrell
Phillip Richardson
Salim Mohammed
Noel Luces
 Trinidad and Tobago
Ernesto Contreras
Juan Alberto Merlos
Roberto Breppe
Carlos Miguel Álvarez
 Argentina
Heriberto Díaz
Agustín Alcántara
Adolfo Belmonte
Radamés Treviño
 Mexico
Piet Hoekstra
Henk Nieuwkamp
Klaas Balk
Joop Zoetemelk
 Netherlands
Walter Richard
Jürgen Schneider
Bruno Hubschmid
Xaver Kurmann
 Switzerland
Ian Alsop
Harry Jackson
Ian Hallam
Ronald Keeble
 Great Britain

References

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  1. ^ a b "Cycling at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games: Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  2. ^ Official Report, vol. 3, p. 627.