Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's sprint

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Men's cycling sprint
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Velopark
Date 4 to 6 August
Competitors 17 from 17 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Jason Kenny  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Grégory Baugé  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Shane Perkins  Australia
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The men's cycling sprint at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place at the London Velopark from 4 to 6 August.[1]

Jason Kenny from Great Britain won the gold medal, beating Grégory Baugé of France in the final. Australia's Shane Perkins took bronze.

Competition format[edit]

The event was a single-elimination tournament after seeding via time trial. Each match pitted two cyclists against each other in the best-of-three races. Each race was three laps of the track with side-by-side starts.[2]


All times are (British Summer Time)

Date Time Round
Saturday 4 August 2012 10:00 & 16:00 Qualifications / Heats
Sunday 5 August 2012 16:35 Quarter-finals
Monday 6 August 2012 16:00



Rank Rider Country Time Avg speed (km/h)
1 Jason Kenny  Great Britain 9.713 OR 74.127
2 Grégory Baugé  France 9.952 72.347
3 Shane Perkins  Australia 9.987 72.093
4 Robert Förstemann  Germany 10.072 71.485
5 Denis Dmitriev  Russia 10.088 71.371
6 Hersony Canelón  Venezuela 10.123 71.125
7 Seiichiro Nakagawa  Japan 10.144 70.977
8 Zhang Miao  China 10.155 70.901
9 Eddie Dawkins  New Zealand 10.201 70.581
10 Njisane Phillip  Trinidad and Tobago 10.202 70.574
11 Azizulhasni Awang  Malaysia 10.226 70.408
12 Jimmy Watkins  United States 10.247 70.264
13 Pavel Kelemen  Czech Republic 10.311 69.828
14 Damian Zielinski  Poland 10.323 69.747
15 Bernard Esterhuizen  South Africa 10.350 69.565
16 Hodei Mazquiaran  Spain 10.604 67.898
17 Zafeiris Volikakis  Greece 10.663 67.523

First round[edit]

First round repechage[edit]

Second round[edit]

Second round repechage[edit]

9th—12th place classifications[edit]

Name Time Avg speed (km/h) Rank
 Seiichiro Nakagawa (JPN) 10.950 65.753 9
 Pavel Kelemen (CZE) 10
 Bernard Esterhuizen (RSA) 11
 Hersony Canelón (VEN) 12


5th—8th place classifications[edit]

Name Time Avg speed (km/h) Rank
 Denis Dmitriev (RUS) 10.340 69.632 5
 Jimmy Watkins (USA) 6
 Robert Förstemann (GER) 7
 Azizulhasni Awang (MAS) 8



Bronze medal match
Name Time (Race 1) Time (Race 2) Rank
 Njisane Phillip (TRI) 4
 Shane Perkins (AUS) 10.489 10.297 3
Gold medal match
Name Time (Race 1) Time (Race 2) Rank
 Jason Kenny (GBR) 10.232 10.308 1
 Grégory Baugé (FRA) 2


The first round was meant to have 9 heats, with a total of 18 riders. However, due to a rider from the Netherlands withdrawing from the competition the first round had 17 riders with Jason Kenny receiving a bye and therefore automatically qualifying for the next round. Because there was 17 competitors rather than 18, Christos Volikakis, who qualified in 17th place thought that he did not qualify and the competition was switched to a 16 rider format, resulting in him leaving the competition. This was not the case, and therefore Gregory Bauge also qualified automatically. Despite qualifying automatically, both riders had to ride half a lap of the track to qualify. [3]