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Sprint, Men

Date28 – 31 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationHelsingin Velodromi, Helsinki
Participants27 from 27 countries
Format1,000 metres.
Olympic Record 2 / Toni Merkens GER / 7 August 1936
2 / Toni Merkens GER / 7 August 1936

With Russell Mockridge (AUS) opting to compete in only the kilo and the tandem, Italy’s Enzo Sacchi became the heavy favorite. Sacchi was World Champion in 1951 and would win the world title later in 1952 as well. For the first time since 1928, all matches were only a single race, rather than racing the medal rounds as best two of three. Twenty-seven cyclists came to the line in the first round. There were eight first round heats and four repêchages to qualify 12 riders for four quarter-finals. The second quarter-final repêchage had four competitors – Antonio Giménez, Béla Szekeres, Stéphan Martens, and Franck le Normand. Giménez led on the last turn when le Normand attempted to come around the pack, only to catch the rear wheel of Martens, with both of them going to the track. A re-race was ordered but le Normand could not compete and was taken to the hospital. Martens did start the re-race but could not put up much a battle, as the race was won by Giménez.

Two semi-finals qualified Sacchi and Australia’s Lionel Cox for the final. Werner Potzernheim (GER) also made the final via a repêchage after the semis. Sacchi won the final by what the 1952 Official Report termed a “narrow, but safe margin”. Cox placed second and the bronze went to Potzernheim. Potzernheim would again win sprint bronze at the 1954 World Championships. Sacchi turned professional after the Olympics, and competed until 1965. He never managed a professional world title, but in the sprint was second in 1953, third in 1954, and again second in 1958. Shortly after the final of the sprint, Cox teamed with Mockridge to win the tandem sprint gold medal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Enzo SacchiITAGold
2Lionel CoxAUSSilver
3Werner PotzernheimGERBronze
4Cyril PeacockGBR
5Ray RobinsonRSA
6Béla SzekeresHUN
2 h2 r4/7Antonio GiménezARG
2 h1 r4/7John MillmanCAN
3 h1 r4/7Jan HijzelendoornNED
4 h1 r4/7Ove Krogh RantsDEN
3 h2 r4/7Stéphan MartensBEL
AC h2 r4/7Franck Le NormandFRADNF
2 h1 r2/7Otar DadunashviliURS
2 h2 r2/7Fritz SiegenthalerSUI
2 h3 r2/7Kurt NemetzAUT
2 h4 r2/7Hernán MasanésCHI
3 h1 r2/7Luis ToroVEN
3 h2 r2/7Zdeněk KoštaTCH
3 h3 r2/7Muhammad Naqi MallickPAK
3 h4 r2/7Colin DickinsonNZL
4 h1 r2/7Steve HromjakUSA
4 h2 r2/7Kihei TomiokaJPN
4 h4 r2/7Ken FarnumJAM
5 h1 r2/7Helge TörnFIN
5 h4 r2/7Ion IonițăROU
3 h2 r1/7Netai BysackIND
4 h6 r1/7Gustavo MartínezGUA

Round One (28 July 1952 — 11:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Lionel CoxAUS11.9Q
2Werner PotzernheimGER
3Hernán MasanésCHI

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Stéphan MartensBEL12.9Q
2Kurt NemetzAUT
3Netai BysackIND

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Franck Le NormandFRA12.6Q
2Ken FarnumJAM
3Otar DadunashviliURS

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Antonio GiménezARG12.8Q
2Helge TörnFIN
3Kihei TomiokaJPN

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Enzo SacchiITA12.4Q
2Zdeněk KoštaTCH
3Muhammad Naqi MallickPAK

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Cyril PeacockGBR11.7QOR
2Ove Krogh RantsDEN
3Ion IonițăROU
4Gustavo MartínezGUA

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Béla SzekeresHUN11.9Q
2John MillmanCAN
3Fritz SiegenthalerSUI
4Colin DickinsonNZL

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jan HijzelendoornNED12.1Q
2Ray RobinsonRSA
3Steve HromjakUSA
4Luis ToroVEN

Round One Repêchage (28 July 1952)

Winner of each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Werner PotzernheimGER11.7Q=OR
2Otar DadunashviliURS
3Luis ToroVEN
4Steve HromjakUSA
5Helge TörnFIN

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ove Krogh RantsDEN12.3Q
2Fritz SiegenthalerSUI
3Zdeněk KoštaTCH
4Kihei TomiokaJPN

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1John MillmanCAN11.7Q=OR
2Kurt NemetzAUT
3Muhammad Naqi MallickPAK

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ray RobinsonRSA12.3Q
2Hernán MasanésCHI
3Colin DickinsonNZL
4Ken FarnumJAM
5Ion IonițăROU

Quarter-Finals (29 July 1952 — 11:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Lionel CoxAUS12.5Q
2Ray RobinsonRSA
3Stéphan MartensBEL

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Cyril PeacockGBR11.7Q=OR
2Franck Le NormandFRA
3John MillmanCAN

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Enzo SacchiITA12.0Q
2Ove Krogh RantsDEN
3Béla SzekeresHUN

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Werner PotzernheimGER11.6QOR
2Antonio GiménezARG
3Jan HijzelendoornNED

Quarter-Finals Repêchage (29 July 1952)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ray RobinsonRSA11.8Q
2John MillmanCAN
3Jan HijzelendoornNED
4Ove Krogh RantsDEN

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Antonio GiménezARG12.31
2Béla SzekeresHUN
ACStéphan MartensBELDNF
ACFranck Le NormandFRADNF

Heat Two Re-Run

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Béla SzekeresHUN11.8Q
2Antonio GiménezARG
3Stéphan MartensBEL

Semi-Finals (29 July 1952 — 18:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Enzo SacchiITA12.1Q
2Ray RobinsonRSA
3Werner PotzernheimGER

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Lionel CoxAUS11.6Q=OR
2Cyril PeacockGBR
3Béla SzekeresHUN

Semi-Finals Repêchage (29 July 1952)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Werner PotzernheimGER11.6Q=OR
2Cyril PeacockGBR
3Ray RobinsonRSA
4Béla SzekeresHUN

Final Round (31 July 1952 — 18:00)

Match 1/2 (18:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Enzo SacchiITA12.0
2Lionel CoxAUS
3Werner PotzernheimGER