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Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men

Date9 – 10 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationGarden City Velodroom, Wilrijk, Antwerpen
Participants22 from 6 countries

The tandem match sprint heats were held in late afternoon of the first day of cycling competition. The semi-finals and final of the tandems took place the next day. The final was all English-speaking, between a British and South African pair. The Brits trailed behind the Springboks for four laps, but jumped at the bell and won by one length. Harry Ryan had won four National Cycling Union championships by 1920, and he later became a prominent cycling official. Thomas Lance became a bookmaker in Brighton.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Great BritainGBRGold
Harry RyanThomas Lance
2South AfricaRSASilver
Bill SmithJames Walker
3NetherlandsNEDBronze
Piet IkelaarFrans de Vreng
4Great BritainGBR
Jock StewartAlbert Alden
2 h1 r1/3DenmarkDEN
Henry Brask AndersenAxel Hornemann Hansen
2 h2 r1/3BelgiumBEL
John VerhoevenLéonard Daghelinckx
2 h3 r1/3South AfricaRSA
Sammy GoosenGeorge Thursfield
3 h1 r1/3Great BritainGBR
William OrmstonHerbert Lee
3 h2 r1/3NetherlandsNED
Piet BeetsTjabel Boonstra
3 h3 r1/3FranceFRA
Henri BellivierGeorges Perrin
AC h4 r1/3BelgiumBELDNF
Frans VerschuerenGustave Claessen

Round One (9 August 1920)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals. The quarter-finals were ridden over 1,200 metres.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1NetherlandsNED12.61:23.6QOR
Piet IkelaarFrans de Vreng
2DenmarkDEN1ス lengths behind
Henry Brask AndersenAxel Hornemann Hansen
3Great BritainGBR2 lengths behind
William OrmstonHerbert Lee

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1South AfricaRSA13.01:21.2Q
Bill SmithJames Walker
2BelgiumBELス length behind
John VerhoevenLéonard Daghelinckx
3NetherlandsNED2 lengths behind
Piet BeetsTjabel Boonstra

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1Great BritainGBR12.01:20.6QOR
Harry RyanThomas Lance
2South AfricaRSAス wheel behind
Sammy GoosenGeorge Thursfield
3FranceFRAス wheel behind
Henri BellivierGeorges Perrin

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1Great BritainGBR15.63:06.4Q
Jock StewartAlbert Alden
ACBelgiumBELDNF
Frans VerschuerenGustave Claessen

Semi-Finals (10 August 1920)

Winner of each heat advanced to the finals. The semi-finals were ridden over 1,200 metres.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1Great BritainGBR11.61:37.6QOR
Harry RyanThomas Lance
2NetherlandsNED2-3 lengths behind
Piet IkelaarFrans de Vreng

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1South AfricaRSA12.61:29.6Q
Bill SmithJames Walker
2Great BritainGBR5 lengths behind
Jock StewartAlbert Alden

Final Round (10 August 1920)

2,000 metres.

Match 1/2

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1Great BritainGBR11.22:49.2OR
Harry RyanThomas Lance
2South AfricaRSA1 length behind
Bill SmithJames Walker

Match 3/4

PosCompetitor(s)NOC200STRace TimeMargin
1NetherlandsNED
Piet IkelaarFrans de Vreng
ACGreat BritainGBRDNF
Jock StewartAlbert Alden