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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date9 – 10 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationGarden City Velodroom, Wilrijk, Antwerpen
Participants32 from 8 countries

The team pursuit quarter-finals were contested on 10 August, with the final two rounds held the next day. The event was marked by controversy. Great Britain won the first semi-final easily against Belgium. In the second semi-final, Italy was well ahead of South Africa with ½-lap remaining. As South Africa crossed the finish mark at that point, the official starter fired the finishing pistol, and the South Africans slowed demonstrably. A protest was entered, but Italy had the race well in hand, and this would likely not have affected the result.

The pursuit final was contested between Great Britain and Italy. Britain’s Albert White fell off the pace of his team after four laps, but continued to ride. The Italian team caught up to him shortly thereafter. When they did, White pulled wide to allow them to pass. However, the Italians had already pulled wide to pass and they thought he was obstructing them. Two Italians went wide around him, while two went low, all four of them shouting at them as they passed. White dropped out on the next lap. A French rider, Henri Habent, ran over to him and punched him in the chest. Britain went on to win by 4/10ths of a second. The Italians naturally protested. The protest jury consisted of J. Blair of Great Britain, an Italian and a Frenchman. Blair and the Italian withdrew because of the conflict of interest and the French judge ruled in favor of the Italians.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ItalyITAGold
Franco GiorgettiRuggero FerrarioArnaldo CarliPrimo Magnani
2Great BritainGBRSilver
Albert WhiteThomas JohnsonJock StewartAlbert Alden
3South AfricaRSABronze
Bill SmithJames WalkerSammy GoosenHenry Kaltenbrunn
4BelgiumBEL
Jean JanssensAlbert De BunnéCharles Van DoorselaerGustave De Schryver
5FranceFRA
Georges EnguerrandHenri HabentCourderLucien Faucheux
6NetherlandsNED
Maurice PeetersFrans de VrengPiet BeetsPiet Ikelaar
7CanadaCAN
Herb MacDonaldHarold BounsallNorman WebsterWilliam Taylor
8United StatesUSA
Christopher DotterweichAnthony YoungWillie BeckFred Taylor

Round One (9 August 1920)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1ItalyITA6:20.0QOR
Franco GiorgettiRuggero FerrarioArnaldo CarliPrimo Magnani
2FranceFRAat 190 metres behind
Georges EnguerrandHenri HabentCourderLucien Faucheux

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1BelgiumBEL6:18.4QOR
Jean JanssensAlbert De BunnéCharles Van DoorselaerGustave De Schryver
2United StatesUSAat 10 metres behind
Christopher DotterweichAnthony YoungWillie BeckFred Taylor

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Great BritainGBR5:23.8QOR
Albert WhiteThomas JohnsonJock StewartAlbert Alden
2NetherlandsNEDat 80 metres behind
Maurice PeetersFrans de VrengPiet BeetsPiet Ikelaar

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1South AfricaRSA5:21.0QOR
Bill SmithJames WalkerSammy GoosenHenry Kaltenbrunn
2CanadaCANat 125 metres behind
Herb MacDonaldHarold BounsallNorman WebsterWilliam Taylor

Semi-Finals (10 August 1920)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Great BritainGBR5:14.0QOR
Albert WhiteThomas JohnsonJock StewartAlbert Alden
2BelgiumBEL5:20.2
Jean JanssensAlbert De BunnéCharles Van DoorselaerGustave De Schryver

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1ItalyITA5:10.8QOR
Franco GiorgettiRuggero FerrarioArnaldo CarliPrimo Magnani
2South AfricaRSA5:17.8
Bill SmithJames WalkerSammy GoosenHenry Kaltenbrunn

Final Round (10 August 1920)

Match 1/2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1ItalyITA5:14.2
Franco GiorgettiRuggero FerrarioArnaldo CarliPrimo Magnani
2Great BritainGBR5:13.8
Albert WhiteThomas JohnsonJock StewartAlbert Alden