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Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date20 – 22 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationBel-lo-deu-rom, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul
Participants22 from 22 countries
Olympic Record 4:32.29 WR / Robert Dill-Bundi SUI / 24 July 1980

The two best pursuiters in the world were Soviets Vyacheslav Yekimov and Gintautus Umaras. They had finished 1-2 at the Worlds in 1985-87, Yekimov winning in 1985 and 1987 and Umaras winning in 1986. Because each nation could have only one competitor in this event, Yekimov was odd man out, leaving Umaras as a heavy favorite without him. But he was not the fastest qualifier, that going to East Germany’s Bernd Dittert. In the semi-finals Dittert lost to Australian Dean Woods, third at the 1986 Worlds, while Umaras easily handled Britain’s Colin Sturgess. In the final, Woods started quickly and led thru two kilometers. But Umaras caught him at 2,500 metres and pulled away to a three-second victory. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Yekimov would be allowed to turn professional and he became a top racer in the pro peleton, serving as a domestique for Lance Armstrong in several of his Tour de France victories (later voided when doping revealed). Yekimov would finally get an individual Olympic gold medal in 2000, winning the individual road time trial, although he had won gold in 1988 as a member of the Soviet pursuit team, and he would also repeat as gold medalist in the individual time trial in 2004.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Gintautas UmarasURSGold
2Dean WoodsAUSSilver
3Bernd DittertGDRBronze
4Colin SturgessGBR
5Ryszard DawidowiczPOL
6Peter ClausenDEN
7Gary AndersonNZL
8Ivan BeltramiITA
2 h1 r1/4Bruno RisiSUI
2 h2 r1/4Thomas DürstFRG
2 h3 r1/4Jyrki TujunenFIN
2 h4 r1/4Gabriel CuruchetARG
2 h6 r1/4David BrintonUSA
AC h5 r1/4Roman ČermákTCHovertaken
AC h7 r1/4Miklós SomogyiHUNovertaken
AC h8 r1/4Erik CentNEDovertaken
17 r1/5José Antonio MartiarenaESP
18 r1/5Patrick MattLIE
19 r1/5Park Min-SuKOR
20 r1/5Antônio SilvestreBRA
AC r1/5Realdo JessurunSURovertaken
AC r1/5Moustafa ChichiIRIovertaken

Qualifying Round (20 September 1988 — 17:00)

Top 16 advanced to round one.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Bernd DittertGDR4:34.45Q
2Gintautas UmarasURS4:35.03Q
3Colin SturgessGBR4:35.42Q
4Dean WoodsAUS4:35.89Q
5Ryszard DawidowiczPOL4:36.21Q
6Peter ClausenDEN4:38.88Q
7Ivan BeltramiITA4:40.94Q
8Gary AndersonNZL4:41.83Q
9Bruno RisiSUI4:43.41Q
10Thomas DürstFRG4:45.59Q
11Jyrki TujunenFIN4:47.05Q
12Gabriel CuruchetARG4:47.18Q
13Roman ČermákTCH4:47.63Q
14David BrintonUSA4:48.93Q
15Miklós SomogyiHUN4:49.38Q
16Erik CentNED4:54.16Q
17José Antonio MartiarenaESP4:54.39
18Patrick MattLIE4:57.47
19Park Min-SuKOR4:58.57
20Antônio SilvestreBRA5:02.07
ACRealdo JessurunSURovertaken
ACMoustafa ChichiIRIovertaken

Heat One (17:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Antônio SilvestreBRA5:02.07

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Park Min-SuKOR4:58.57
ACRealdo JessurunSURovertaken

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
ACMoustafa ChichiIRIovertaken

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gabriel CuruchetARG4:47.18Q
2Patrick MattLIE4:57.47

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Miklós SomogyiHUN4:49.38Q
2José Antonio MartiarenaESP4:54.39

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1David BrintonUSA4:48.93Q
2Erik CentNED4:54.16Q

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Peter ClausenDEN4:38.88Q
2Ivan BeltramiITA4:40.94Q

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Bruno RisiSUI4:43.41Q
2Roman ČermákTCH4:47.63Q

Heat Nine

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Thomas DürstFRG4:45.59Q
2Jyrki TujunenFIN4:47.05Q

Heat Ten

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Bernd DittertGDR4:34.45Q
2Ryszard DawidowiczPOL4:36.21Q

Heat Eleven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Colin SturgessGBR4:35.42Q
2Gary AndersonNZL4:41.83Q

Heat Twelve

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gintautas UmarasURS4:35.03Q
2Dean WoodsAUS4:35.89Q

Round One (21 September 1988 — 12:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gary AndersonNZL4:41.25Q
2Bruno RisiSUI4:44.38

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ivan BeltramiITA4:44.33Q
2Thomas DürstFRG4:45.20

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Peter ClausenDEN4:43.71Q
2Jyrki TujunenFIN4:46.65

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ryszard DawidowiczPOL4:42.03Q
2Gabriel CuruchetARG4:50.75

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Dean WoodsAUS4:36.49Q
ACRoman ČermákTCHovertaken

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Colin SturgessGBR4:37.17Q
2David BrintonUSA4:47.27

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gintautas UmarasURS4:35.32Q
ACMiklós SomogyiHUNovertaken

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Bernd DittertGDR4:36.01Q
ACErik CentNEDovertaken

Quarter-Finals (21 September 1988 — 15:20)

Winner of each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Colin SturgessGBR4:39.39Q
2Gary AndersonNZL4:42.82

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Dean WoodsAUS4:35.11Q
2Ryszard DawidowiczPOL4:39.44

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Bernd DittertGDR4:33.70Q
2Peter ClausenDEN4:42.62

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gintautas UmarasURS4:32.83Q
2Ivan BeltramiITAovertaken

Semi-Finals (22 September 1988 — 10:30)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Dean WoodsAUS4:35.02Q
2Bernd DittertGDR4:39.06

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gintautas UmarasURS4:40.24Q
2Colin SturgessGBR4:46.25

Final Round (22 September 1988 — 19:00)

Match 1/2 (19:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gintautas UmarasURS4:32.00WR
2Dean WoodsAUS4:35.00

Match 3/4 (19:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Bernd DittertGDR4:34.17
2Colin SturgessGBR4:34.90