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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date7 – 9 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationHerne Hill Velodrome, London
Participants59 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 4:41.8 / France FRA / 6 August 1936

The two best teams in the world were easily France and Italy. France had won the gold medal in 1936, while Italy had won four consecutive Olympics titles from 1920-1932. A year before the Olympics, in a pre-Olympic tune-up on the Herne Hill track, France had defeated the British team by over two seconds. France, Italy, and Great Britain were joined in the semi-finals by the surprising Uruguayans. Italy was led by the 1947 World Champion in the individual pursuit, Arnaldo Benfenati, while Uruguay’s team was led by Attilio François, who had lost to Benfenati in the 1947 final. In the first semi, France defeated Britain by just under five seconds. The second semi was no closer, Italy winning by almost six seconds, and the two favorites made it thru to the final. In the final, the Italians got off quickly, leading by two lengths after three laps, and four lengths after seven laps. But France ground them down near the finish, and overtook Italy with two laps remaining, despite dropping a rider. But the Italians had nothing left, and two of their riders went off the back. As the time in the team pursuit is taken when the third rider crosses the line, France won by almost 40 seconds. For the third consecutive Olympics, the team pursuit podium consisted of France, Italy, and Great Britain. For the British, it was their fourth consecutive bronze medal in the event, and they would continue this streak in 1952 and 1956. The French were led by Charles Costé, who would later win Paris-Limoges in 1953 as a professional. Another teammate, Serge Blusson, won the amateur race, Paris-Evreux, in 1949, then as a professional, won the Grand Prix de Plouay in 1953, the Tour de Picardie in 1957, and finished third at Milan-San Remo in 1952.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1FranceFRAGold
Charles CosteSerge BlussonFernand DecanaliPierre Adam
2ItalyITASilver
Arnaldo BenfenatiGuido BernardiAnselmo CitterioRino Pucci
3Great BritainGBRBronze
Alan GeldardTommy GodwinDave RickettsWilf Waters
4UruguayURU
Atilio FrançoisJuan de ArmasLuis Ángel de los SantosWaldemar Bernatzky
=5AustraliaAUS
Sid PattersonJim NestorJack HoobinRussell Mockridge
=5BelgiumBEL
Jos De BeukelaereMaurice BlommeLionel Van BrabantRaphaël Glorieux
=5DenmarkDEN
Max JørgensenBørge GisselBørge MortensenBenny Schnoor
=5SwitzerlandSUI
Walter BucherGaston GerosaEugen KamberHans Pfenninger
1 h8 r2/5FinlandFIN
Onni KasslinPaavo KuusinenErkki KoskinenTorvald Högström
2 h1 r2/5CanadaCAN
Lorne AtkinsonBill HamiltonLance PughLaurent Tessier
2 h2 r2/5AustriaAUT
Walter FreitagHans GoldschmidJosef PohnetalHeinrich Schiebel
2 h3 r2/5ArgentinaARG
Roberto GuerreroJulio AlbaAmbrosio AimarEnrique Molina
2 h4 r2/5IndiaIND
Adi HavewalaJehangoo AminRohinton NoblePiloo Sarkari
2 h5 r2/5NetherlandsNED
Gerrit VoortingJoop HarmansTheo BlankenaauwHenk Faanhof
2 h6 r2/5United StatesUSA
Al StillerTom MontemageTed Smith

Round One (7 August 1948 — 14:30)

Fastest eight finishers advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR5:12.7Q
Alan GeldardTommy GodwinDave RickettsWilf Waters
2CanadaCAN5:38.2
Lorne AtkinsonBill HamiltonLance PughLaurent Tessier

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA5:03.6Q
Charles CosteSerge BlussonFernand DecanaliPierre Adam
2AustriaAUT5:18.8
Walter FreitagHans GoldschmidJosef PohnetalHeinrich Schiebel

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1SwitzerlandSUI5:13.8Q
Walter BucherGaston GerosaEugen KamberHans Pfenninger
2ArgentinaARG5:17.1
Roberto GuerreroJulio AlbaAmbrosio AimarEnrique Molina

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA5:10.2Q
Arnaldo BenfenatiGuido BernardiAnselmo CitterioRino Pucci
2IndiaIND6:00.5
Adi HavewalaJehangoo AminRohinton NoblePiloo Sarkari

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1UruguayURU5:08.6Q
Atilio FrançoisJuan de ArmasLuis Ángel de los SantosWaldemar Bernatzky
2NetherlandsNED5:14.7
Gerrit VoortingJoop HarmansTheo BlankenaauwHenk Faanhof

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BelgiumBEL5:05.5Q
Jos De BeukelaereMaurice BlommeLionel Van BrabantRaphaël Glorieux
2United StatesUSA5:22.5
Al StillerTom MontemageTed Smith
2United StatesUSA5:22.51

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1DenmarkDEN5:04.1Q
Max JørgensenBørge GisselBørge MortensenBenny Schnoor
2AustraliaAUS5:06.5Q
Sid PattersonJim NestorJack HoobinRussell Mockridge

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FinlandFIN5:17.4
Onni KasslinPaavo KuusinenErkki KoskinenTorvald Högström

Quarter-Finals (7 August 1948 — 14:30)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA5:00.5Q
Charles CosteSerge BlussonFernand DecanaliPierre Adam
2SwitzerlandSUI5:09.2
Walter BucherGaston GerosaEugen KamberHans Pfenninger

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR5:02.9Q
Alan GeldardTommy GodwinDave RickettsWilf Waters
2DenmarkDEN5:05.6
Max JørgensenBørge GisselBørge MortensenBenny Schnoor

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:59.0Q
Arnaldo BenfenatiGuido BernardiAnselmo CitterioRino Pucci
2BelgiumBEL5:05.7
Jos De BeukelaereMaurice BlommeLionel Van BrabantRaphaël Glorieux

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1UruguayURU5:03.5Q
Atilio FrançoisJuan de ArmasLuis Ángel de los SantosWaldemar Bernatzky
2AustraliaAUS5:07.7
Sid PattersonJim NestorJack HoobinRussell Mockridge

Semi-Finals (9 August 1948 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA4:54.4Q
Charles CosteSerge BlussonFernand DecanaliPierre Adam
2Great BritainGBR4:59.1
Alan GeldardTommy GodwinDave RickettsWilf Waters

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA5:00.5Q
Arnaldo BenfenatiGuido BernardiAnselmo CitterioRino Pucci
2UruguayURU5:06.3
Atilio FrançoisJuan de ArmasLuis Ángel de los SantosWaldemar Bernatzky

Final Round (9 August 1948 — 16:00)

Match 1/2 (16:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA4:57.8
Charles CosteSerge BlussonFernand DecanaliPierre Adam
2ItalyITA5:36.7
Arnaldo BenfenatiGuido BernardiAnselmo CitterioRino Pucci

Match 3/4 (16:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR4:55.8
Alan GeldardTommy GodwinDave RickettsWilf Waters
2UruguayURU5:04.4
Atilio FrançoisJuan de ArmasLuis Ángel de los SantosWaldemar Bernatzky