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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date19 – 21 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationVelódromo Olímpico Agustín Melgar, Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca, Ciudad de México
Participants84 from 20 countries
Olympic Record 4:28.88 / Italy ITA / 29 August 1960

The West German (FRG) team was favored, but Italy, 1966 and 1968 World Champions, were considered challengers. The altitude and fast track brought forth very fast times. In the ninth heat of qualifying, the FRG broke the world record with a time of 4:19.90, bettering the Italian mark of 4:20.64. In the next heat, Italy regained the record with 4:16.10. Unfortunately they were drawn against each other in the first semi-final. A superb race, West Germany broke the record again with 4:15.76, narrowly defeating the Italians, who recorded 4:16.21. The final matched a tired West German team against Denmark. Germany always led and the race looked over when, after 9 of 12 laps, a Danish rider went off the back. But they re-grouped although they trailed on the bell lap. The German team then began to split, with Jürgen Kissner dropping off the pace. As his teammate Karl Heinz Henrichs passed him, Kissner’s hand appeared to touch him, possibly giving him a slight push. Germany still held on to win by 3½ seconds. But Kissner was an East German defector and East German immediately protested that the touch had been an illegal shove. After a 15-minute conference among the judges, West Germany was disqualified, and Italy and the Soviet Union were announced as the silver and bronze medal winners. Now the FRG officials protested, stating that Italy and the Soviets should not be placed ahead of their riders. Another long conference ensued, and the result was announced as Denmark 1st, Italy 3rd. No silver medal placing was given until a meeting of the Fédération Internationale Amateur de Cyclisme (FIAC) in November, when West Germany was awarded second place and the silver medals.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1DenmarkDENGold
Gunnar AsmussenReno OlsenMogens Frey JensenPer LyngemarkPeder Pedersen
2West GermanyFRGSilver
Udo HempelKarl LinkKarl-Heinz HenrichsJürgen KissnerRainer Podlesch
3ItalyITABronze
Lorenzo BosisioCipriano ChemelloLuigi RoncagliaGiorgio MorbiatoGino Pancino
4Soviet UnionURS
Dzintars LācisStanislav MoskvinVladimir KuznetsovMikhail KolyushevViktor Bykov
=5BelgiumBEL
Ernest BensRonny VanmarckeWilly DebosscherPaul Crapez
=5CzechoslovakiaTCH
Jiří DalerPavel KondrMilan PuzrlaFrantišek Řezáč
=5FranceFRA
Bernard DarmetDaniel RébillardJack MouriouxAlain van Lancker
=5PolandPOL
Wojciech MatusiakJanusz KierzkowskiWacław LatochaRajmund Zieliński
1 h1 r1/4ThailandTHA
Pakanit BoriharnvanakhetSomchai ChantarasamritBoontom PrasongquamdeeChainarong Sophonpong
1 h2 r1/4CubaCUB
Sergio MartínezRoberto MenéndezRaúl Marcelo VázquezInocente Lizano
1 h3 r1/4United StatesUSA
David ChaunerSkip CuttingSteve MaaranenJohn Vande Velde
1 h4 r1/4SwedenSWE
Gösta PetterssonSture PetterssonErik PetterssonTomas Pettersson
1 h7 r1/4East GermanyGDR
Heinz RichterWolfgang SchmelzerRudolf FranzManfred Ulbricht
2 h3 r1/4ColombiaCOL
Luis SaldarriagaSevero HernándezMario VanegasMartín Rodríguez
2 h4 r1/4Trinidad and TobagoTTO
Robert FarrellPhillip RichardsonSalim MohammedNoel Luces
2 h5 r1/4ArgentinaARG
Ernesto ContrerasJuan Alberto MerlosRoberto BreppeCarlos Miguel Álvarez
2 h6 r1/4MexicoMEX
Heriberto DíazAgustín AlcántaraAdolfo BelmonteRadamés Treviño
2 h7 r1/4NetherlandsNED
Piet HoekstraHenk NieuwkampKlaas BalkJoop Zoetemelk
2 h9 r1/4SwitzerlandSUI
Walter RichardJürgen SchneiderBruno HubschmidXaver Kurmann
2 h10 r1/4Great BritainGBR
Ian AlsopHarry JacksonIan HallamRon Keeble

Qualifying Round (19 October 1968)

Fastest eight times advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ThailandTHA4:56.80
Pakanit BoriharnvanakhetSomchai ChantarasamritBoontom PrasongquamdeeChainarong Sophonpong

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1CubaCUB4:34.96
Sergio MartínezRoberto MenéndezRaúl Marcelo VázquezInocente Lizano

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1United StatesUSA4:32.87
David ChaunerSkip CuttingSteve MaaranenJohn Vande Velde
2ColombiaCOL4:32.98
Luis SaldarriagaSevero HernándezMario VanegasMartín Rodríguez

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1SwedenSWE4:30.03
Gösta PetterssonSture PetterssonErik PetterssonTomas Pettersson
2Trinidad and TobagoTTO4:48.64
Robert FarrellPhillip RichardsonSalim MohammedNoel Luces

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BelgiumBEL4:26.14QOR
Ernest BensRonny VanmarckeWilly DebosscherPaul Crapez
2ArgentinaARG4:26.22
Ernesto ContrerasJuan Alberto MerlosRoberto BreppeCarlos Miguel Álvarez

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1DenmarkDEN4:23.58QOR
Gunnar AsmussenPer LyngemarkReno OlsenMogens Frey Jensen
2MexicoMEX4:30.78
Heriberto DíazAgustín AlcántaraAdolfo BelmonteRadamés Treviño

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1East GermanyGDR4:26.61
Heinz RichterWolfgang SchmelzerRudolf FranzManfred Ulbricht
2NetherlandsNED4:27.17
Piet HoekstraHenk NieuwkampKlaas BalkJoop Zoetemelk

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1CzechoslovakiaTCH4:21.88QOR
Jiří DalerPavel KondrMilan PuzrlaFrantišek Řezáč
2PolandPOL4:23.77Q
Wojciech MatusiakJanusz KierzkowskiWacław LatochaRajmund Zieliński

Heat Nine

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:19.90QWR
Udo HempelKarl LinkKarl-Heinz HenrichsRainer Podlesch
2SwitzerlandSUI4:28.71
Walter RichardJürgen SchneiderBruno HubschmidXaver Kurmann

Heat Ten

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:16.10QWR
Lorenzo BosisioCipriano ChemelloLuigi RoncagliaGiorgio Morbiato
2Great BritainGBR4:28.49
Ian AlsopHarry JacksonIan HallamRon Keeble

Heat Eleven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:19.29Q
Viktor BykovStanislav MoskvinVladimir KuznetsovMikhail Kolyushev
2FranceFRA4:24.45Q
Bernard DarmetDaniel RébillardJack MouriouxAlain van Lancker

Quarter-Finals (19 October 1968)

Winner of each heat advance to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:22.48Q
Lorenzo BosisioCipriano ChemelloLuigi RoncagliaGiorgio Morbiato
2BelgiumBEL4:26.05
Ernest BensRonny VanmarckeWilly DebosscherPaul Crapez

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:26.63Q
Mikhail KolyushevStanislav MoskvinVladimir KuznetsovViktor Bykov
2FranceFRA4:30.10
Bernard DarmetDaniel RébillardJack MouriouxAlain van Lancker

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:27.14Q
Udo HempelKarl LinkKarl-Heinz HenrichsRainer Podlesch
2PolandPOL4:38.91
Wojciech MatusiakJanusz KierzkowskiWacław LatochaRajmund Zieliński

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1DenmarkDEN4:27.02Q
Gunnar AsmussenPer LyngemarkReno OlsenMogens Frey Jensen
2CzechoslovakiaTCH4:30.76
Jiří DalerPavel KondrMilan PuzrlaFrantišek Řezáč

Semi-Finals (20 October 1968)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:15.76QWR
Udo HempelKarl LinkKarl-Heinz HenrichsJürgen Kissner
2ItalyITA4:16.21
Lorenzo BosisioCipriano ChemelloLuigi RoncagliaGino Pancino

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1DenmarkDEN4:19.87Q
Gunnar AsmussenPeder PedersenReno OlsenMogens Frey Jensen
2Soviet UnionURS4:20.39
Dzintars LācisStanislav MoskvinVladimir KuznetsovViktor Bykov

Final Round (21 October 1968)

Match 1/2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1DenmarkDEN4:22.44
Gunnar AsmussenPer LyngemarkReno OlsenMogens Frey Jensen
2West GermanyFRG4:18.94DQ1
Udo HempelKarl LinkKarl-Heinz HenrichsJürgen Kissner

Match 3/4

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:18.35
Lorenzo BosisioCipriano ChemelloLuigi RoncagliaGiorgio Morbiato
2Soviet UnionURS4:33.39
Dzintars LācisStanislav MoskvinVladimir KuznetsovMikhail Kolyushev