Martin Vinnicombe

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Martin Vinnicombe
Personal information
Full name James Martin Vinnicombe
Born (1964-12-05) 5 December 1964 (age 53)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
1992–1994 Giramondo Cycles & Clarence Street Cyclery

James Martin Vinnicombe (born 5 December 1964) is a retired Australian track cyclist who competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, winning a silver medal in 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) time trial.[1] He tested positive for steroids in 1991. His former manager, Phill Bates, told the Sydney Morning Herald in 1996: "He knew the only way to win was to cheat."[2][3] Vinnicombe won the world championship for amateurs in 1 km (0.62 mi) time trial in 1987. He also won the silver medal three times (1986, 1989 and 1990) and the bronze medal once (1985).

While in the USA in 1991, Canadian drug testers came into the USA and took samples from Vinnicombe. to test if he had been taking steroids, a few years later the government had to pay Vinnicombe for false samples of real drugs, they had been deliberately targeting Vinnicombe.

In 2012 he admitted to doping during his cycling career.[4]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Martin Vinnicombe". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Wells, Jeff (1996-07-20). "DRUG RUNNERS; How cheating athletes beat the system The new Olympic challenges: tackling the dopers, keeping a lid on growth and containing commercialism". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 32. 
  3. ^ article
  4. ^ "Senior Australian Cycling Figure Assisted Injection, Alleges Vinnicombe". 2005-09-15. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 

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