Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's sprint

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Men's Sprint
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Laoshan Velodrome
Dates August 17 (preliminaries—2nd round)
August 18 (quarterfinals—final)
Competitors 21 from 15 nations
Winning time 10.228/10.216
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Chris Hoy  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jason Kenny  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mickaël Bourgain  France
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The men's sprint at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 19 at the Laoshan Velodrome.

This track cycling event consisted of numerous rounds. The competition began with a time trial over 200 metres. The top 18 cyclists in that qualifying round were seeded into the 1/16 finals. There, they raced one-on-one. The nine winners advanced to the 1/8 finals, while the nine losers were sent to the first repechage. In the repechage, the cyclists were placed in heats of three cyclists apiece; winners moved back into the main competition by advancing into the 1/8 finals.

The twelve cyclists in the 1/8 finals again competed one-on-one. The six winners advanced to the quarterfinals, with the six losers getting another chance at the second repechage. This repechage also consisted of three-cyclist heats, with the two winners moving on to the quarterfinals.

Beginning with the quarterfinals, the head-to-head competitions switched to a best-of-three format. That format was also used for the semifinals and final. In addition, the bronze medal competition was a best-of-three match between the semifinal losers. The classification race for 5th to 8th places was a single race with all four cyclists competing.[1]

Preliminaries[edit]

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
Mountain biking
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Cross-country men women
BMX
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BMX men women

[2] 200 metre time trial, with the top 18 riders advancing.

Rank Rider Country Time Average Speed (km/h)
1 Chris Hoy  Great Britain 9.815 OR 73.357
2 Jason Kenny  Great Britain 9.857 73.044
3 Stefan Nimke  Germany 10.064 71.542
4 Kévin Sireau  France 10.098 71.301
5 Mickaël Bourgain  France 10.123 71.125
6 Maximilian Levy  Germany 10.199 70.595
7 Azizulhasni Awang  Malaysia 10.272 70.093
8 Roberto Chiappa  Italy 10.314 69.808
9 Theo Bos  Netherlands 10.318 69.780
10 Mark French  Australia 10.337 69.652
11 Kazunari Watanabe  Japan 10.346 69.592
12 Ryan Bayley  Australia 10.362 69.484
13 Teun Mulder  Netherlands 10.373 69.410
14 Tsubasa Kitatsuru  Japan 10.391 69.290
15 Michael Blatchford  United States 10.470 68.767
16 Zhang Lei  China 10.497 68.591
17 Łukasz Kwiatkowski  Poland 10.504 68.545
18 Denis Dmitriev  Russia 10.565 68.149
19 Adam Ptáčník  Czech Republic 10.569 68.123
20 Vasileios Reppas  Greece 10.966 65.657
21 Daniel Novikov  Estonia 11.187 64.360

First round[edit]

[3] The eighteen qualifying cyclists from the preliminary round were paired, 1 vs. 18, 2 vs. 17, and so on, in head-to-head 200 metre matches, with the winners advancing to the second round and the losers to the first round repechage.

Match 9
Name Time Average speed
(km/h)
 Theo Bos (NED) 10.959 65.699
 Mark French (AUS)

First round repechage[edit]

[4] The nine losers from the first round were put into three three-man 200 metre matches, with the winner of each advancing to the next round.

Second round[edit]

[5] The twelve cyclists who qualified this far were paired off again in head-to-head sprint matches,

Second round repechage[edit]

[6] The six cyclists who lost in the second round were matched into two three-man 200 metre races, with the winner of each advancing to the next round.

Quarterfinals[edit]

[7] The eight cyclists qualified this far were paired for a best two-out-of-three series of 200 metre races. None of the pairings required a third race.

Semifinals[edit]

[8] The four cyclists qualified this far were paired again for a best two-out-of-three series of 200 metre races.

9th—12th place classification race[edit]

[9] During the same session as the semifinals, the four cyclists who were eliminated in the second round repechage were put into a single four-man 200 metre race to determine exact placings from ninth to twelfth.

Classification race
Name Time Average speed (km/h) Rank
 Stefan Nimke (GER) 11.051 65.152 9
 Roberto Chiappa (ITA) 10
 Ryan Bayley (AUS) 11
 Kazunari Watanabe (JPN) 12

Finals[edit]

[10] The winners from the semifinals were paired to race for gold and silver, and the losers from that round raced for bronze. Each match was again the best two-out-of-three 200 metre races.

Bronze medal match
Name Time (Race 1) Time (Race 2) Time (Race 3) Rank
 Mickaël Bourgain (FRA) 11.047 10.560 3
 Maximilian Levy (GER) 10.666 4
Gold medal match
Name Time (Race 1) Time (Race 2) Rank
 Chris Hoy (GBR) 10.228 10.216 1
 Jason Kenny (GBR) 2

5th—8th place classification race[edit]

[11] In the same session as the finals, the four cyclists who lost in the quarterfinals were put into one four-man 200 metre race to determine exact placings from fifth to eighth.

Classification race
Name Time Average speed (km/h) Rank
 Kévin Sireau (FRA) 10.719 67.170 5
 Teun Mulder (NED) 6
 Theo Bos (NED) 7
 Azizulhasni Awang (MAS) 8

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