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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date23 – 24 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationVélodrome olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants64 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 4:15.76 WR / West Germany FRG / 20 October 1968

West Germany had won the last three World Championships, and four of the last five, as well as winning the gold medal in 1964 and 1972. Their team in Montréal was led by individual pursuit gold medalist Gregor Braun and the 1974 individual pursuit World Champion, Hans Lutz. But the qualifying in Montréal was led by the East Germans, with the Soviet Union second, followed by the FRG team. But in the match racing, West Germany was tough. They crushed Czechoslovakia in the quarter-finals and easily dispatched the British team in the semis. They were met in the final by the Soviet Union, which had defeated the GDR in the semi-finals. The final was not close, as West Germany won the gold medal easily. The bronze medal race, however, was very close, with Great Britain eking out a victory over East Germany. This was Great Britain’s eighth bronze medal in this – 1928-56, and 1972-76. East Germany would win the next four world titles, but they would never manage an Olympic gold in the team pursuit.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1West GermanyFRGGold
Gregor BraunHans LutzGünther SchumacherPeter Vonhof
2Soviet UnionURSSilver
Vladimir OsokinAleksandr PerovVitaly PetrakovViktor Sokolov
3Great BritainGBRBronze
Ian BanburyMick BennettRobin CrokerIan Hallam
4East GermanyGDR
Norbert DürpischThomas HuschkeUwe UnterwalderMatthias Wiegand
=5CzechoslovakiaTCH
Zdeněk DohnalMichal KlasaPetr KocekJiří Pokorný
=5NetherlandsNED
Gerrit MöhlmannPeter NieuwenhuisHerman PonsteenGerrie Slot
=5ItalyITA
Sandro CallariCesare CipolliniRino De CandidoGiuseppe Saronni
=5PolandPOL
Jan JankiewiczCzesław LangKrzysztof SujkaZbigniew Szczepkowski
9FranceFRA
Paul BonnoJean-Marcel BrouzesJean-Jacques RebièrePierre Trentin
10United StatesUSA
Paul DeemLeonard Harvey NitzRon SkarinRalph Therrio
11 r1/4CanadaCAN
Ron HaymanJocelyn LovellAdrian ProsserHugh Walton
12 r1/4AustraliaAUS
Stephen GoodallKevin NicholsGeoff SkainesJohn Thorsen
13 r1/4DenmarkDEN
Ivar JakobsenKim RefshammerBjarne SørensenKim Svendsen
14 r1/4JapanJPN
Yoichi MachishimaTadashi OgasawaraYoshiaki OgasawaraTsutomu Okabori
15 r1/4ColombiaCOL
José Jaime GaleanoJorge HernándezCarlos MesaJhon Quiceno
16 r1/4UruguayURU
Washington DíazVíctor GonzálezMiguel MargalefWaldemar Pedrazzi

Qualifying Round (23 July 1976 — 14:00)

Top eight advanced to the quarter-finals.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1East GermanyGDR4:23.67Q
Norbert DürpischThomas HuschkeUwe UnterwalderMatthias Wiegand
2Soviet UnionURS4:24.11Q
Vladimir OsokinAleksandr PerovVitaly PetrakovViktor Sokolov
3West GermanyFRG4:24.32Q
Gregor BraunHans LutzGünther SchumacherPeter Vonhof
4Great BritainGBR4:26.22Q
Ian BanburyMick BennettRobin CrokerIan Hallam
5PolandPOL4:27.21Q
Jan JankiewiczCzesław LangKrzysztof SujkaZbigniew Szczepkowski
6CzechoslovakiaTCH4:27.43Q
Zdeněk DohnalMichal KlasaPetr KocekJiří Pokorný
7ItalyITA4:30.47Q
Sandro CallariCesare CipolliniRino De CandidoGiuseppe Saronni
8NetherlandsNED4:30.90Q
Gerrit MöhlmannPeter NieuwenhuisHerman PonsteenGerrie Slot
9FranceFRA4:31.06
Paul BonnoJean-Marcel BrouzesJean-Jacques RebièrePierre Trentin
10United StatesUSA4:31.25
Paul DeemLeonard Harvey NitzRon SkarinRalph Therrio
11CanadaCAN4:31.90
Ron HaymanJocelyn LovellAdrian ProsserHugh Walton
12AustraliaAUS4:33.32
Stephen GoodallKevin NicholsGeoff SkainesJohn Thorsen
13DenmarkDEN4:34.27
Ivar JakobsenKim RefshammerBjarne SørensenKim Svendsen
14JapanJPN4:37.03
Yoichi MachishimaTadashi OgasawaraYoshiaki OgasawaraTsutomu Okabori
15ColombiaCOL4:42.65
José Jaime GaleanoJorge HernándezCarlos MesaJhon Quiceno
16UruguayURU4:47.82
Washington DíazVíctor GonzálezMiguel MargalefWaldemar Pedrazzi

Quarter-Finals (23 July 1976 — 17:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR4:23.78Q
Ian BanburyMick BennettRobin CrokerIan Hallam
2PolandPOL4:27.13
Jan JankiewiczCzesław LangKrzysztof SujkaZbigniew Szczepkowski

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:20.10Q
Gregor BraunHans LutzGünther SchumacherPeter Vonhof
2CzechoslovakiaTCH4:30.11
Zdeněk DohnalMichal KlasaPetr KocekJiří Pokorný

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:21.31Q
Vladimir OsokinAleksandr PerovVitaly PetrakovViktor Sokolov
ACItalyITAovertaken
Sandro CallariCesare CipolliniRino De CandidoGiuseppe Saronni

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1East GermanyGDR4:22.69Q
Norbert DürpischThomas HuschkeUwe UnterwalderMatthias Wiegand
2NetherlandsNED4:30.39
Gerrit MöhlmannPeter NieuwenhuisHerman PonsteenGerrie Slot

Semi-Finals (24 July 1976 — 15:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:20.95Q
Vladimir OsokinAleksandr PerovVitaly PetrakovViktor Sokolov
2East GermanyGDR4:25.23
Norbert DürpischThomas HuschkeUwe UnterwalderMatthias Wiegand

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:23.04Q
Gregor BraunHans LutzGünther SchumacherPeter Vonhof
2Great BritainGBR4:28.24
Ian BanburyMick BennettIan HallamRobin Croker

Final Round (24 July 1976 — 16:30)

Match 1/2 (16:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:21.06
Gregor BraunHans LutzGünther SchumacherPeter Vonhof
2Soviet UnionURS4:27.15
Vladimir OsokinAleksandr PerovVitaly PetrakovViktor Sokolov

Match 3/4 (16:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Great BritainGBR4:22.41
Ian BanburyMick BennettRobin CrokerIan Hallam
2East GermanyGDR4:22.75
Norbert DürpischThomas HuschkeUwe UnterwalderMatthias Wiegand