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Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men

Date7 – 11 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationHerne Hill Velodrome, London
Participants20 from 10 countries
Olympic Record 2 / Ernst Ihbe / Carl Lorenz GER / 8 August 1936
2 / Ernst Ihbe / Carl Lorenz GER / 8 August 1936
2 / Pierre Georget / Georges Maton FRA / 8 August 1936
2 / Pierre Georget / Georges Maton FRA / 8 August 1936

In the tandem Reg Harris, 1947 World Sprint Champion, rode with his clubmate Alan Bannister. They were the 1947 British champions. In the semi-finals they were joined by France, Italy, and Switzerland. The semis were conducted as a single race, while the medal races were best two of three. In the first semi, Britain punctured and the race was re-run. In the re-run, they defeated the French team by a length. In the other semi, Italy easily defeated Switzerland, winning by six lengths. Before the final, Harris declared, “We will win.” He was right in the first heat, as Britain won the first race by a length, but Italy came back to win the second race by two lengths. There had been many delays during the day and the final race was held almost in darkness, too dark for the photo finish apparatus to work. The race was quite close, as Britain led by two lengths on the back straight, but Italy pulled up on the final banking and won by about 15 cm. (six inches). The Italian team was Ferdinando Teruzzi and Renato Perona. Teruzzi was already 34-years-old but would continue racing in professional six-days until he was 50. Between 1951-64 he won 21 six-days with various partners.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ItalyITAGold
Ferdinando TerruzziRenato Perona
2Great BritainGBRSilver
Reg HarrisAlan Bannister
3FranceFRABronze
René FayeGaston Dron
4SwitzerlandSUI
Jean RothMax Aeberli
=5BelgiumBEL
Louis Van SchilRoger De Pauw
=5DenmarkDEN
Hans AndresenEvan Klamer
=5NetherlandsNED
Klaas BuchlyTinus van Gelder
=5United StatesUSA
Marvin ThomsonAl Stiller
9AustriaAUT
Kurt NemetzErich Welt
10ArgentinaARG
Óscar GiacchéMiguel Passi

Round One (7 August 1948)

Winner of each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1SwitzerlandSUI12.0Q
Jean RothMax Aeberli
2NetherlandsNED
Klaas BuchlyTinus van Gelder

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1DenmarkDEN11.7Q
Hans AndresenEvan Klamer
2BelgiumBEL
Louis Van SchilRoger De Pauw

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA13.3Q
Ferdinando TerruzziRenato Perona
2ArgentinaARG
Óscar GiacchéMiguel Passi

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA11.4Q
René FayeGaston Dron
2United StatesUSA
Marvin ThomsonAl Stiller

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR11.2Q
Reg HarrisAlan Bannister
2AustriaAUT
Kurt NemetzErich Welt

Round One Repêchage (7 August 1948)

Winner of each heat and fastest loser advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BelgiumBEL13.2Q
Louis Van SchilRoger De Pauw
2NetherlandsNEDq
Klaas BuchlyTinus van Gelder
3ArgentinaARG
Óscar GiacchéMiguel Passi

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1United StatesUSA11.7Q
Marvin ThomsonAl Stiller
2AustriaAUT
Kurt NemetzErich Welt

Quarter-Finals (9 August 1948 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR11.6Q
Reg HarrisAlan Bannister
2NetherlandsNEDat 1¼ lengths
Klaas BuchlyTinus van Gelder

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA11.9Q
René FayeGaston Dron
2DenmarkDENat 1½ lengths
Hans AndresenEvan Klamer

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1SwitzerlandSUI12.0Q
Jean RothMax Aeberli
2United StatesUSAat one length
Marvin ThomsonAl Stiller

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA11.2Q
Ferdinando TerruzziRenato Perona
2BelgiumBELat a distance
Louis Van SchilRoger De Pauw

Semi-Finals (9 August 1948 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR11.4Q
Reg HarrisAlan Bannister
2FranceFRAat 1 length
René FayeGaston Dron

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA11.5Q
Ferdinando TerruzziRenato Perona
2SwitzerlandSUIat 6 lengths
Jean RothMax Aeberli

Final Round (11 August 1948 — 17:00)

Match 1/2 (17:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1ItalyITA2
Ferdinando TerruzziRenato Perona
2Great BritainGBR1
Reg HarrisAlan Bannister

Match 3/4 (17:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1FranceFRA2
René FayeGaston Dron
2SwitzerlandSUI0
Jean RothMax Aeberli