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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date25 – 26 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationVelotrek, Sportivny kompleks Krylatskoye, Moskva
Participants53 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 4:15.76 WR / West Germany FRG / 20 October 1968

By 1980 the best pursuit team in the world was the East German squad. They were World Champions in 1978-79. Their biggest rival was the other German team, the Federal Republic or West Germany, but they were not present in Moskva. After qualifying 1-2, the two best teams were the Soviet Union and East Germany. In the quarters, the Soviets recorded 4:14.64, a world indoor record, to defeat Australia. The final was close, with East Germany staying even with the Soviets for the first half of the race, but after that the Soviets pulled gradually away, especially in the last kilometer, winning by almost four seconds. Despite winning multiple medals at the World Championships, and the world title in 1978-79 and 1981, East Germany would never win this event at the Olympics.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Soviet UnionURSGold
Viktor ManakovValery MovchanVladimir OsokinVitaly PetrakovAleksandr Krasnov
2East GermanyGDRSilver
Gerald MortagUwe UnterwalderMatthias WiegandVolker Winkler
3CzechoslovakiaTCHBronze
Teodor ČernýMartin PencJiří PokornýIgor Sláma
4ItalyITA
Pierangelo BincolettoGuido BontempiIvano MaffeiSilvestro Milani
5FranceFRA
Alain BonduePhilippe ChevallierPascal PoissonJean-Marc Rebière
6AustraliaAUS
Colin FitzgeraldKevin NicholsKelvin PooleGarry Sutton
7Great BritainGBR
Tony DoyleMalcolm ElliottGlen MitchellSean Yates
8SwitzerlandSUI
Robert Dill-BundiUrs FreulerHans KänelHans Ledermann
9PolandPOL
Marek KuleszaAndrzej MichalakJanusz SałachZbigniew Woźnicki
10BelgiumBEL
Jan BlommeDiederik FoubertJozef SimonsJoseph Smeets
11BrazilBRA
Hans FischerJosé Carlos de LimaFernando LouroAntônio Silvestre
12HungaryHUN
Ervin DérCsaba PálinkásZsigmond Sarkadi NagyGábor Szűcs
13EcuadorECU
Esteban EspinozaJhon JarrínEdwin MenaJuan Palacios

Qualifying Round (25 July 1980 — 17:00)

Top eight advanced to the quarter-finals.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:16.62Q
Aleksandr KrasnovViktor ManakovValery MovchanVitaly Petrakov
2East GermanyGDR4:18.24Q
Gerald MortagUwe UnterwalderMatthias WiegandVolker Winkler
3ItalyITA4:18.85Q
Pierangelo BincolettoGuido BontempiIvano MaffeiSilvestro Milani
4CzechoslovakiaTCH4:19.56Q
Teodor ČernýMartin PencJiří PokornýIgor Sláma
5Great BritainGBR4:19.73Q
Tony DoyleMalcolm ElliottGlen MitchellSean Yates
6FranceFRA4:20.52Q
Alain BonduePhilippe ChevallierPascal PoissonJean-Marc Rebière
7SwitzerlandSUI4:20.56Q
Robert Dill-BundiUrs FreulerHans KänelHans Ledermann
8AustraliaAUS4:21.76Q
Colin FitzgeraldKevin NicholsKelvin PooleGarry Sutton
9PolandPOL4:28.38
Marek KuleszaAndrzej MichalakJanusz SałachZbigniew Woźnicki
10BelgiumBEL4:29.75
Jan BlommeDiederik FoubertJozef SimonsJoseph Smeets
11BrazilBRA4:32.34
Hans FischerJosé Carlos de LimaFernando LouroAntônio Silvestre
12HungaryHUN4:36.32
Ervin DérCsaba PálinkásZsigmond Sarkadi NagyGábor Szűcs
13EcuadorECU4:50.83
Esteban EspinozaJhon JarrínEdwin MenaJuan Palacios

Quarter-Finals (25 July 1980 — 17:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1CzechoslovakiaTCH4:18.48Q
Teodor ČernýMartin PencJiří PokornýIgor Sláma
2Great BritainGBR4:23.45
Tony DoyleMalcolm ElliottGlen MitchellSean Yates

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:18.27Q
Pierangelo BincolettoGuido BontempiIvano MaffeiSilvestro Milani
2FranceFRA4:18.58
Alain BonduePhilippe ChevallierPascal PoissonJean-Marc Rebière

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1East GermanyGDR4:17.43Q
Gerald MortagUwe UnterwalderMatthias WiegandVolker Winkler
2SwitzerlandSUI4:23.56
Robert Dill-BundiUrs FreulerHans KänelHans Ledermann

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:14.64QOR
Aleksandr KrasnovViktor ManakovValery MovchanVitaly Petrakov
2AustraliaAUS4:22.02
Colin FitzgeraldKevin NicholsKelvin PooleGarry Sutton

Semi-Finals (26 July 1980 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1East GermanyGDR4:18.16Q
Gerald MortagUwe UnterwalderMatthias WiegandVolker Winkler
2ItalyITA4:20.13
Pierangelo BincolettoGuido BontempiIvano MaffeiSilvestro Milani

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:26.52Q
Viktor ManakovValery MovchanVladimir OsokinVitaly Petrakov
2CzechoslovakiaTCH4:32.68
Teodor ČernýMartin PencJiří PokornýIgor Sláma

Final Round (26 July 1980 — 16:00)

Match 1/2 (16:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS4:15.70
Viktor ManakovValery MovchanVladimir OsokinVitaly Petrakov
2East GermanyGDR4:19.67
Gerald MortagUwe UnterwalderMatthias WiegandVolker Winkler

Match 3/4 (16:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1CzechoslovakiaTCHno time
Teodor ČernýMartin PencJiří PokornýIgor Sláma
2ItalyITAovertaken
Pierangelo BincolettoGuido BontempiIvano MaffeiSilvestro Milani