| Event type

Sprint, Men

Date23 April 1906
LocationPodilatodromio Neou Falirou, Peiraias
Participants28 from 10 countries
Format1,000 metres.

The first round of the match sprint started at halftime of the first match of the football (soccer) tournament, between Denmark and Smyrna. The football (soccer) matches were held in the infield of the velodrome. The event was won by Francesco Verri, who narrowly defeated Britain’s Herbert Bouffler and Eugène Debongnie of Belgium in the finals. The greatest sprint cyclist in this era was probably Britain’s Jimmy Benyon. Benyon won only one National Cycling Union (NCU) championship, the ¼-mile in 1904, but in the match sprint at the world championships, he was the runner-up in 1903 at Copenhagen, 3rd in 1904 at London, and the champion in 1905 in Antwerp. Another top sprinter in this era was Britain’s Arthur Reed, who was world match sprint champion in 1903, runner-up in 1904 to America’s Marcus Hurley (multiple gold medalist at the 1904 Olympics), and had won NCU championships in 1902 (1 mile), 1903 (5 miles), and 1904 (1 mile). Neither Reed nor Benyon went to Athens as a member of the British team. Debougnie had been 3rd in the 1905 world championships in Antwerp in the match sprint, losing out to Benyon.

1Francesco VerriITAGold
2Bert BoufflerGBRSilver
3Eugène DebongnieBELBronze
2 h1 r3/4Émile DemangelFRA
2 h2 r3/4Fernand VastFRA
2 h3 r3/4Andrew HanssonSWE
3 h1 r3/4Otto KüpferlingGER
3 h2 r3/4Federico Della FerreraITA
3 h3 r3/4Georgios ApostolopoulosGRE
AC h1 r2/4Karl ArnoldGER
AC h1 r2/4Herbert CrowtherGBR
AC h1 r2/4Otto MeixnerAUT
AC h2 r2/4Eugène ColombaniEGY
AC h2 r2/4Bruno GoetzeGER
AC h2 r2/4Hans StuderSUI
AC h2 r2/4Hans HollyAUT
AC h2 r2/4Ernst MeyerSUI
2 h2 r1/4Gaston DelaplaneFRA
2 h3 r1/4Johnnie MatthewsGBR
2 h4 r1/4Max GoetzeGER
2 h5 r1/4Arthur RushenGBR
3 h4 r1/4Charles DelaporteFRA
AC h2 r1/4Alexandros VerdesopoulosGRE
AC h6 r1/4Henri MenjouFRA
AC h6 r1/4Konrad PuhrerAUT
AC h7 r1/4Edmond LuguetFRA
AC h7 r1/4Alois WutteAUT
AC h7 r1/4Ioannis PetritsisGRE