Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's individual pursuit

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Men's individual pursuit
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Laoshan Velodrome
Dates August 15 (opening rounds)
August 16 (final)
Competitors 18 from 11 nations
Winning time 4:15.977
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    New Zealand
Bronze medal    Great Britain
Cycling at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Road cycling
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Road race   men   women
Time trial men women
Track cycling
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Individual pursuit men women
Team pursuit men
Sprint men women
Team sprint men
Points race men women
Keirin men
Madison men
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BMX men women

The men's individual pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 16 at the Laoshan Velodrome. The pre-event favorite to win the gold medal was the defending Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain, who managed to retain the title, setting a new Olympic record in the preliminary round.[1]


Eighteen cyclists qualified for this event. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), the defending Olympic champion, qualified for winning the individual pursuit at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine) qualified at the late 2007 UCI World Cup event in Sydney, winning the individual pursuit there. The qualifier by way of the UCI B World Championship was Alexandr Pliuschin (Moldova). Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands), Taylor Phinney (United States), Phillip Thuaux (Australia), Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain), Alexander Serov (Russia), and David O'Loughlin (Ireland) qualified based on UCI rankings. The rest of the field was formed by berths given to the ten nations that qualified in the team pursuit. This resulted in Great Britain, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, and Russia each having two competitors in this event.

Competition format[edit]

The eighteen cyclists were matched into nine two-man heats. The riders start on opposite sides of the track from one another, held in place by a starting gate until the race begins. While the objective is ostensibly to catch the other rider on the track, victory is most commonly determined by the faster time to cover 4,000 meters. The winners of each individual heat did not matter in the preliminaries - it was instead the overall eight fastest times which would advance to the match round.

In the match round, the top eight riders from the preliminaries were matched together, 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5, for the semifinals. In the semifinals, the winner of each match advanced to race for a medal; the two fastest raced for gold and silver, while the two slower winners faced each other for the bronze.


All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Friday, 15 August 2008 16:55 Qualification
Saturday, 16 August 2008 16:30 Match round
Saturday, 16 August 2008 18:50 Final




Rank Heat Cyclist Nation Result Notes
1 9 Bradley Wiggins Great Britain 4:15.031 Q, OR
2 8 Hayden Roulston New Zealand 4:18.990 Q
3 9 Alexei Markov Russia 4:21.498 Q
4 6 Volodymyr Dyudya Ukraine 4:21.530 Q
5 2 Steven Burke Great Britain 4:22.260 Q
6 3 Antonio Tauler Spain 4:22.462 Q
7 6 Taylor Phinney United States 4:22.860 Q
8 5 Alexander Serov Russia 4:23.732 Q
9 7 Bradley McGee Australia 4:26.084
10 5 Sergi Escobar Spain 4:26.102
11 7 David O'Loughlin Ireland 4:26.102
12 1 Brett Lancaster Australia 4:26.139
13 3 Jens Mouris Netherlands 4:27.445
14 4 Vitaliy Popkov Ukraine 4:30.321
15 1 Fabien Sanchez France 4:33.100
16 2 Carlos Alzate Colombia 4:35.154
17 4 Alexandr Pliuschin Moldova 4:35.438
18 8 Jenning Huizenga Netherlands 4:37.097

Match round[edit]


Qualification rule: Two fastest cyclists advance to the gold medal match (Q), while the next two to the bronze medal match (q).[3]

Rank Heat Cyclist Nation Result Notes
1 4 Bradley Wiggins Great Britain 4:16.571 Q
2 3 Hayden Roulston New Zealand 4:19.232 Q
3 1 Steven Burke Great Britain 4:21.558 q
4 2 Alexei Markov Russia 4:22.308 q
5 1 Volodymyr Dyudya Ukraine 4:22.471
6 2 Antonio Tauler Spain 4:24.974
7 4 Alexander Serov Russia 4:25.391
8 3 Taylor Phinney United States 4:26.644

Medal round[edit]

Bronze medal match[4]
Rank Cyclist Nation Result Notes
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Steven Burke Great Britain 4:20.947
4 Alexei Markov Russia 4:24.149
Gold medal match[4]
Rank Cyclist Nation Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Bradley Wiggins Great Britain 4:16.977
2nd, silver medalist(s) Hayden Roulston New Zealand 4:19.611


  1. ^ "Men's Individual Pursuit". Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Beijing 2008: Cycling - Men's Individual Pursuit Qualification" (PDF). Beijing 2008. LA84 Foundation. 15 August 2008. p. 1307. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Beijing 2008: Cycling - Men's Individual Pursuit Semifinals" (PDF). Beijing 2008. LA84 Foundation. 15 August 2008. p. 1308. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Beijing 2008: Cycling - Men's Individual Pursuit Finals" (PDF). Beijing 2008. LA84 Foundation. 15 August 2008. p. 1309. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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