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Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men

Date3 – 4 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationRadstadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants28 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 2 / Daniel Morelon / Pierre Trentin FRA / 21 October 1968
2 / Jan Jansen / Leijn Loevesijn NED / 20 October 1968
2 / Daniel Morelon / Pierre Trentin FRA / 20 October 1968

The tandem sprint had been on the Olympic Program since 1906, with the exception of 1912 when no track events were contested. But the event would be eliminated after the München Olympics as it was not that popular. The defending champions were Daniel Morelon and Pierre Trentin of France. But Trentin had retired and Morelon was riding the tandem now with Gérard Quintyn. Unfortunately one month before the Olympics Quintyn crashed and was unable to compete. Trentin was called back to the saddle to support Morelon but their lack of preparation showed in München. They made it to the semi-finals but were soundly beaten in two races by the completely unknown Soviet pair of Vladimir Semenets and Igor Tselovalnikov. The East German World Champions, Hans-Jürgen Geschke and Werner Otto, made it to the final with ease, having not lost a race, and they won the first race in the final sitting up. But the Soviet tandem came back to win the final two races in close matches and won a shocking gold medal. Neither Soviet rider ever placed at the World Championships in any event.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Soviet UnionURSGold
Volodymyr SemenetsIhor Tselovalnykov
2East GermanyGDRSilver
Werner OttoHans-Jürgen Geschke
3PolandPOLBronze
Andrzej BekBenedykt Kocot
4FranceFRA
Daniel MorelonPierre Trentin
=5BelgiumBEL
Manu SnellinxNoël Soetaert
=5West GermanyFRG
Jürgen BarthRainer Müller
=5NetherlandsNED
Klaas BalkPeter van Doorn
=5CzechoslovakiaTCH
Ivan KučírekVladimír Popelka
9ItalyITA
Giorgio RossiDino Verzini
10Great BritainGBR
Geoff CookeDave Rowe
2 h2 r2/5JamaicaJAM
Howard FentonHonson Chin
2 h3 r2/5United StatesUSA
Jeffrey SpencerRalph Therrio
3 h3 r2/5ColombiaCOL
Rafael NarváezJairo Díaz
AC h1 r2/5JapanJPNDNF
Yoshikazu ChoYaichi Numata

Round One (3 September 1972 — 20:48)

Winner of each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1East GermanyGDR11.66Q
Werner OttoHans-Jürgen Geschke
2Great BritainGBR
Geoff CookeDave Rowe

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG11.27Q
Jürgen BarthRainer Müller
2BelgiumBEL
Manu SnellinxNoël Soetaert

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1FranceFRA10.42Q
Daniel MorelonPierre Trentin
2JapanJPN
Yoshikazu ChoYaichi Numata

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS10.37Q
Volodymyr SemenetsIhor Tselovalnykov
2United StatesUSA
Jeffrey SpencerRalph Therrio

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1NetherlandsNED10.55Q
Klaas BalkPeter van Doorn
2ColombiaCOL
Rafael NarváezJairo Díaz

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1PolandPOL10.56Q
Andrzej BekBenedykt Kocot
2ItalyITA
Giorgio RossiDino Verzini

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1CzechoslovakiaTCH10.97Q
Ivan KučírekVladimír Popelka
2JamaicaJAM
Howard FentonHonson Chin

Round One Repêchage (3 September 1972 — 21:18)

Winner of each heat advanced to the repêchage final heat.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBRno timeQ
Geoff CookeDave Rowe
ACJapanJPNDNF
Yoshikazu ChoYaichi Numata

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA11.20Q
Giorgio RossiDino Verzini
2JamaicaJAM
Howard FentonHonson Chin

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BelgiumBEL10.97Q
Manu SnellinxNoël Soetaert
2United StatesUSA
Jeffrey SpencerRalph Therrio
3ColombiaCOL
Rafael NarváezJairo Díaz

Final Heat (21:32)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1BelgiumBEL10.94Q
Manu SnellinxNoël Soetaert
2ItalyITA
Giorgio RossiDino Verzini
3Great BritainGBR
Geoff CookeDave Rowe

Quarter-Finals (3 September 1972 — 23:12)

Best two of three races. Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1East GermanyGDR2Q
Werner OttoHans-Jürgen Geschke
2BelgiumBEL0
Manu SnellinxNoël Soetaert

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1PolandPOL2Q
Andrzej BekBenedykt Kocot
2West GermanyFRG0
Jürgen BarthRainer Müller

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1FranceFRA2Q
Daniel MorelonPierre Trentin
2NetherlandsNED0
Klaas BalkPeter van Doorn

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1Soviet UnionURS2Q
Volodymyr SemenetsIhor Tselovalnykov
2CzechoslovakiaTCH0
Ivan KučírekVladimír Popelka

Semi-Finals (4 September 1972 — 21:00)

Best two of three races. Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1East GermanyGDR2Q
Werner OttoHans-Jürgen Geschke
2PolandPOL0
Andrzej BekBenedykt Kocot

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1Soviet UnionURS2Q
Volodymyr SemenetsIhor Tselovalnykov
2FranceFRA0
Daniel MorelonPierre Trentin

Final Round (4 September 1972 — 22:21)

Best two of three races.

Match 1/2 (22:21)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1Soviet UnionURS2
Volodymyr SemenetsIhor Tselovalnykov
2East GermanyGDR1
Werner OttoHans-Jürgen Geschke

Match 3/4 (22:21)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCRaces Won
1PolandPOL2
Andrzej BekBenedykt Kocot
2FranceFRA0
Daniel MorelonPierre Trentin