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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date2 – 3 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Velodrome, California State University at Dominguez Hills, Carson, California
Participants57 from 14 countries
FormatPlaces 1-4 ranked by results of final and 3rd-place match. Places 5-8 ranked by fastest losing times in quarter-finals. Places 9-14 ranked by qualifying times.

The United States had the gold and bronze medalist from the individual pursuit, Steve Hegg and Leonard Harvey Nitz, but they qualified only fifth. The qualifying leaders were Italy, followed by Australia, and then the usually very strong West German team. In the quarter-finals, the US advanced by beating Denmark, but only by 1/100th of a second. The semis were easier for them, as they surprisingly overtook the West Germans to advance to the final. There they faced Australia, which had beaten Italy in the other semi-final. But American David Grylls had his cleats come out of his toe strap on an early lap and fell off the back. The Americans, riding with only three cyclists, could not keep pace after the first half of the race, and Australia pulled away to the gold medal.

Shortly after the competition, it was revealed that several members of the American track cycling team, including Hegg and Nitz, had participated in blood doping – usually done by harvesting their own blood several weeks before the competition and then re-injecting it shortly before the event. But because the US team had not planned this correctly, they did not have time to harvest their own blood, so they had blood injected from other donors, a very dangerous practice because of the risk of antibody reactions and viral contamination. This was not illegal at the time, but in 1985, blood doping would be banned by the IOC.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1AustraliaAUSGold
Michael GrendaKevin NicholsMichael TurturDean Woods
2United StatesUSASilver
Dave GryllsSteve HeggPat McDonoughLeonard Harvey NitzBrent Emery
3West GermanyFRGBronze
Reinhard AlberRolf GölzRoland GüntherMichael Marx
4ItalyITA
Roberto AmadioMassimo BrunelliMaurizio ColomboSilvio Martinello
5DenmarkDEN
Dan FrostMichael MarkussenJørgen PedersenBrian Holm
6FranceFRA
Didier GarciaÉric LouvelPascal PotiéPascal Robert
7SwitzerlandSUI
Daniel HuwylerHans LedermannHansrüdi MärkiJörg Müller
8BelgiumBEL
Rudi CeyssensRoger IlegemsPeter RoesJoseph Smeets
9ArgentinaARG
Pedro CainoGabriel CuruchetJuan Esteban CuruchetEduardo Trillini
10NetherlandsNED
Ralf ElshofRik MoormanJelle NijdamMarco van der Hulst
11JapanJPN
Akio KuwazawaHarumitsu OkadaMitsugi SarudateYoshihiro Tsumuraya
12Great BritainGBR
Steve BentPaul CurranMark NobleAdrian Timmis
13New ZealandNZL
Craig AdairAnthony CuffBrian FowlerGraeme Miller
14ChileCHI
Lino AqueaEduardo CuevasMiguel DroguettFernando Vera

Qualifying Round (2 August 1984 — 10:00)

Top eight advanced to the quarter-finals.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:28.47Q
Roberto AmadioMassimo BrunelliMaurizio ColomboSilvio Martinello
2AustraliaAUS4:28.79Q
Michael GrendaKevin NicholsMichael TurturDean Woods
3West GermanyFRG4:28.97Q
Reinhard AlberRolf GölzRoland GüntherMichael Marx
4DenmarkDEN4:29.79Q
Dan FrostMichael MarkussenJørgen PedersenBrian Holm
5United StatesUSA4:29.92Q
Brent EmerySteve HeggPat McDonoughLeonard Harvey Nitz
6FranceFRA4:30.34Q
Didier GarciaÉric LouvelPascal PotiéPascal Robert
7BelgiumBEL4:31.20Q
Rudi CeyssensRoger IlegemsPeter RoesJoseph Smeets
8SwitzerlandSUI4:31.86Q
Daniel HuwylerHans LedermannHansrüdi MärkiJörg Müller
9ArgentinaARG4:32.25
Pedro CainoGabriel CuruchetJuan Esteban CuruchetEduardo Trillini
10NetherlandsNED4:33.45
Ralf ElshofRik MoormanJelle NijdamMarco van der Hulst
11JapanJPN4:34.39
Akio KuwazawaHarumitsu OkadaMitsugi SarudateYoshihiro Tsumuraya
12Great BritainGBR4:36.74
Steve BentPaul CurranMark NobleAdrian Timmis
13New ZealandNZL4:37.57
Craig AdairAnthony CuffBrian FowlerGraeme Miller
14ChileCHI4:38.57
Lino AqueaEduardo CuevasMiguel DroguettFernando Vera

Quarter-Finals (2 August 1984 — 13:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1United StatesUSA4:25.15Q
Brent EmerySteve HeggPat McDonoughLeonard Harvey Nitz
2DenmarkDEN4:25.16
Dan FrostMichael MarkussenJørgen PedersenBrian Holm

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:28.04Q
Reinhard AlberRolf GölzRoland GüntherMichael Marx
2FranceFRA4:30.28
Didier GarciaÉric LouvelPascal PotiéPascal Robert

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1AustraliaAUS4:30.19Q
Michael GrendaKevin NicholsMichael TurturDean Woods
2BelgiumBEL4:31.53
Rudi CeyssensRoger IlegemsPeter RoesJoseph Smeets

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1ItalyITA4:25.07Q
Roberto AmadioMassimo BrunelliMaurizio ColomboSilvio Martinello
2SwitzerlandSUI4:30.47
Daniel HuwylerHans LedermannHansrüdi MärkiJörg Müller

Semi-Finals (3 August 1984 — 10:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1United StatesUSAno timeQ
Dave GryllsSteve HeggPat McDonoughLeonard Harvey Nitz
ACWest GermanyFRGovertaken
Reinhard AlberRolf GölzRoland GüntherMichael Marx

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1AustraliaAUS4:23.56Q
Michael GrendaKevin NicholsMichael TurturDean Woods
2ItalyITA4:25.12
Roberto AmadioMassimo BrunelliMaurizio ColomboSilvio Martinello

Final Round (3 August 1984 — 14:30)

Match 1/2 (14:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1AustraliaAUS4:25.99
Michael GrendaKevin NicholsMichael TurturDean Woods
2United StatesUSA4:29.85
Dave GryllsSteve HeggPat McDonoughLeonard Harvey Nitz

Match 3/4 (14:45)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1West GermanyFRG4:25.60
Reinhard AlberRolf GölzRoland GüntherMichael Marx
2ItalyITA4:26.90
Roberto AmadioMassimo BrunelliMaurizio ColomboSilvio Martinello