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Points Race, Men

Date28 July 1996 — 11:15
LocationStone Mountain Velodrome, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Participants28 from 28 countries
Format160 laps (40 km). Twenty sprints, one every 8 laps (2.0 km) with points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the top four finishers in each sprint. Points on the last sprint doubled.

The Olympic points race had been conducted with a round of heats followed by a final since it was first held in 1984. But in 1996, 28 riders were entered and only a final was raced, held over 40 km. The defending World Champion was Italy’s Silvio Martinello. He took the lead early in the final and won the gold medal relatively easily. Six riders remained together on the final lap, with Canada’s Brian Walton winning the final sprint to move up to a silver medal. The bronze medal went to Australia’s Stuart O’Grady. O’Grady had a cardiac condition, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and the day before the points race had suffered a seizure, but recovered to race despite that. Martinello would also win the 1997 World Championships.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCLap MarginPoints
1Silvio MartinelloITA---37Gold
2Brian WaltonCANsame lap29Silver
3Stuart O'GradyAUSsame lap25Bronze
4Vasyl YakovlevUKRsame lap24
5Francis MoreauFRAsame lap21
6Joan LlanerasESPsame lap17
7Milton WynantsURUsame lap6
8Jo Ho-SeongKORat 1 lap14
9Glenn McLeayNZLat 1 lap8
10Guido FulstGERat 1 lap7
11Sergey LavrinenkoKAZat 1 lap6
12Franz StocherAUTat 1 lap5
13Remigijus LupeikisLTUat 1 lap4
14Pavel KhamidulinRUSat 1 lap4
15Masahiro YasuharaJPNat 1 lap2
16Yevgeny VakkerKGZat 1 lap1
17Bruno RisiSUIat 2 laps8
18Jan Bo PetersenDENat 2 laps7
19Brian McDonoughUSAat 2 laps5
20Sergio GodoyGUAat 2 laps0
21Peter PietersNEDat 2 laps0
22Declan LonerganIRLat 2 laps0
23Juan Esteban CuruchetARGat 2 laps0
24Étienne De WildeBELat 2 laps0
DNFMarlon PérezCOL
DNFMarco ZaragozaMEX
DNFJuan MerhebPUR
DNFDavid GeorgeRSA