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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date6 – 8 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympia-Radstadion, Berlin
Participants53 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 4:52.9 / Italy ITA / 2 August 1932

The French team was considered the strongest. It was led by Robert Charpentier, who would win the individual road race in Berlin, and Guy Lapébie. His brother, Roger Lapébie, won the Tour de France in 1937, after finishing third in 1934. Together they made France the favorite, although Italy had won the gold medal at the last four Olympics. Guy Lapébie would place second in the Berlin road race, but would later turn professional and post numerous wins as a pro, as well as placing third at the 1948 Tour de France. Thirteen teams started, with the semi-finals matching France against Germany, and Italy against Great Britain. Germany was no match for the French team, losing by over 12 seconds. In the second semi, Italy narrowly defeated the British team. The final was close for several laps, but the French gradually pulled ahead, and won six seconds. The bronze medal race was also close, but Great Britain edged out the Germans for third place. It was the third consecutive bronze medal in the event for Britain, and they would continue this streak thru 1956, winning six consecutive bronze medals.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1FranceFRAGold
Robert CharpentierJean GoujonGuy LapébieRoger Le Nizerhy
2ItalyITASilver
Bianco BianchiMario GentiliArmando LatiniSeverino Rigoni
3Great BritainGBRBronze
Harry HillErnest JohnsonCharles KingErnie Mills
4GermanyGER
Erich ArndtHeinz HaßelbergHans HoffmannKarl Klöckner
5BelgiumBEL
Jean AlexandreFrans CoolsAuguste GarrebeekArmand Putzeyse
6SwitzerlandSUI
Walter RichliErnst FuhrimannAlbert KägiWerner Wägelin
7HungaryHUN
István LiszkayMiklós NémethLászló OrczánFerenc Pelvássy
8DenmarkDEN
Karl MagnussenErik FriisHelge JacobsenHans Christian NielsenArne-Werner Pedersen
9CanadaCAN
Lionel ColemanGeorge CromptonBob McLeodGeorge Turner
10AustriaAUT
Josef GenschiederJosef MoserKarl SchmadererKarl Wölfl
11United StatesUSA
Albert ByrdBuster LoganCharles MortonJohn Sinibaldi
12BulgariaBUL
Marin NikolovBogdan YanchevGeorgi VelinovSava Gerchev
ACNetherlandsNEDovertaken
Chris KropmanAdrie ZwartepoorteBen van der VoortGerrit van Wees

Round One (6 August 1936 — 19:00)

Fastest eight finishers advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:49.6QOR
Bianco BianchiMario GentiliArmando LatiniSeverino Rigoni
2CanadaCAN4:58.4
Lionel ColemanGeorge CromptonBob McLeodGeorge Turner

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BelgiumBEL4:54.0Q
Jean AlexandreFrans CoolsAuguste GarrebeekArmand Putzeyse
2HungaryHUN4:57.8Q
István LiszkayMiklós NémethLászló OrczánFerenc Pelvássy

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1DenmarkDEN4:49.4QOR
Karl MagnussenErik FriisHelge JacobsenHans Christian Nielsen
2SwitzerlandSUI4:56.4Q
Walter RichliErnst FuhrimannAlbert KägiWerner Wägelin

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BulgariaBUL5:10.4walkover
Marin NikolovBogdan YanchevGeorgi VelinovSava Gerchev

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1United StatesUSA5:07.4
Albert ByrdBuster LoganCharles MortonJohn Sinibaldi
ACNetherlandsNEDovertaken
Chris KropmanAdrie ZwartepoorteBen van der VoortGerrit van Wees

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1GermanyGER4:48.6QOR
Erich ArndtHeinz HaßelbergHans HoffmannKarl Klöckner
2AustriaAUT5:02.2
Josef GenschiederJosef MoserKarl SchmadererKarl Wölfl

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA4:41.8QOR
Robert CharpentierJean GoujonGuy LapébieRoger Le Nizerhy
2Great BritainGBR4:50.0Q
Harry HillErnest JohnsonCharles KingErnie Mills

Quarter-Finals (8 August 1936 — 16:00)

Fastest four finishers advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA4:47.0Q
Robert CharpentierJean GoujonGuy LapébieRoger Le Nizerhy
2HungaryHUN5:03.4
István LiszkayMiklós NémethLászló OrczánFerenc Pelvássy

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1GermanyGER4:56.0Q
Erich ArndtHeinz HaßelbergHans HoffmannKarl Klöckner
2SwitzerlandSUI4:58.0
Walter RichliErnst FuhrimannAlbert KägiWerner Wägelin

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BelgiumBEL4:58.2
Jean AlexandreFrans CoolsAuguste GarrebeekArmand Putzeyse
ACDenmarkDENDNF
Arne-Werner PedersenErik FriisHelge JacobsenHans Christian Nielsen

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:47.4Q
Bianco BianchiMario GentiliArmando LatiniSeverino Rigoni
2Great BritainGBR4:51.0Q
Harry HillErnest JohnsonCharles KingErnie Mills

Semi-Finals (8 August 1936)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA4:42.4Q
Robert CharpentierJean GoujonGuy LapébieRoger Le Nizerhy
2GermanyGER4:54.6
Erich ArndtHeinz HaßelbergHans HoffmannKarl Klöckner

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:49.2Q
Bianco BianchiMario GentiliArmando LatiniSeverino Rigoni
2Great BritainGBR4:50.0
Harry HillErnest JohnsonCharles KingErnie Mills

Final Round (8 August 1936)

Match 1/2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA4:45.0
Robert CharpentierJean GoujonGuy LapébieRoger Le Nizerhy
2ItalyITA4:51.0
Bianco BianchiMario GentiliArmando LatiniSeverino Rigoni

Match 3/4

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR4:53.6
Harry HillErnest JohnsonCharles KingErnie Mills
2GermanyGER4:55.0
Erich ArndtHeinz HaßelbergHans HoffmannKarl Klöckner