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Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date27 – 29 July 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationVelódromo de Horta, Barcelona
Participants29 from 29 countries
FormatFinal determined 1st and 2nd places. Faster losing semi-finalist placed 3rd. Slower losing semi-finalist placed 4th. Places 5-8 from losing Group A matches, if the loser finished the race, time to determine places. If the loser was overtaken, then the fastest winners from Group B were placed ahead of the non-finishers. Places 13-16 determined by the times of the losing Group B cyclists.

The 1991 World Champion had been East German Jens Lehmann, who was now representing Germany. In qualifying he broke the world record with 4:30.054, but was overwhelmed by the qualifying leader, Chris Boardman of Great Britain, whose time of 4:27.357 stunned the competitors, officials, and spectators. Boardman did this on a revolutionary bike that was made of a carbon-composite frame all molded from a single piece. It did not have the standard central triangular frame, but had special disc wheels and the by-now standard triathlon-type handlbars. On the bike, Boardman proved exceptionally fast. In the first round, Boardman dispatched even his qualifying world record, breaking the timer in 4:24.496 after overtaking Denmark’s Jan Bo Petersen. In the final, Lehmann had his chance against Boardman, but the Brit proved his superiority. For the first time in Olympic history, the final was ended by a capture, as Boardman overtook Lehmann with a lap to go, an unheard of dominance at this level of competition. Boardman turned professional and won the prologue at the 1994 Tour de France. He was also professional pursuit World Champion in 1994 and 1996. He and his countryman, Graeme Obree, who had designed an even more revolutionary bike, spent the early 90s trading the world hour record back and forth. Eventually, the Union Cycliste International (UCI) stepped in and decreed that such records had to be set on more traditional bikes, and the record reverted to the 1972 mark set by Belgium’s Eddy Merckx. Lehmann would also turn professional and compete as a top sprinter in the pro peleton, and won the 2000 professonal pursuit World Championship.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Chris BoardmanGBRGold
2Jens LehmannGERSilver
3Gary AndersonNZLBronze
4Mark KingslandAUS
5Philippe ErmenaultFRA
6Cédric MathyBEL
7Adolfo AlperiESP
8Ivan BeltramiITA
9Servais KnavenNED
10Jan Bo PetersenDEN
11Aleksandr GonchenkovEUN
12Carl SundquistUSA
13Robert KarśnickiPOL
14Michal BaldriánTCH
15Masamitsu EharaJPN
16Michael BelcourtCAN
17 r1/4Viktor KunzSUI
18 r1/4Georgios PortelanosGRE
19 r1/4Patrick MattLIE
20 r1/4Alberny VargasCOL
21 r1/4Tony LedgardPER
22 r1/4Murugayan KumaresanMAS
23 r1/4Weng Yu-YiTPE
24 r1/4Manuel GarcíaGUM
25 r1/4Mehrdad Afsharian TarshizIRI
AC r1/4Hernán LópezARGovertaken
AC r1/4Steffen KjærgaardNORovertaken
AC r1/4Malcolm LangeRSAovertaken
AC r1/4Robert PetersANTovertaken

Qualifying Round (27 July 1992 — 18:00)

Fastest 16 times advanced to round one. Fastest eight times advance to Group A quarter-finals. Places 9-16 advance to Group B classification matches.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Chris BoardmanGBR4:27.357QWR
2Jens LehmannGER4:30.054Q
3Mark KingslandAUS4:31.033QWR
4Gary AndersonNZL4:32.253Q
5Philippe ErmenaultFRA4:33.892Q
6Carl SundquistUSA4:34.390Q
7Aleksandr GonchenkovEUN4:35.057Q
8Jan Bo PetersenDEN4:35.904Q
9Cédric MathyBEL4:37.288Q
10Ivan BeltramiITA4:39.645Q
11Robert KarśnickiPOL4:39.836Q
12Servais KnavenNED4:40.436Q
13Michal BaldriánTCH4:41.724Q
14Adolfo AlperiESP4:42.538Q
15Michael BelcourtCAN4:43.135Q
16Masamitsu EharaJPN4:44.412Q
17Viktor KunzSUI4:45.539
18Georgios PortelanosGRE4:46.345
19Patrick MattLIE4:46.982
20Alberny VargasCOL4:49.067
21Tony LedgardPER4:49.626
22Murugayan KumaresanMAS4:59.049
23Weng Yu-YiTPE5:00.519
24Manuel GarcíaGUM5:03.997
25Mehrdad Afsharian TarshizIRI5:08.184
ACHernán LópezARGovertaken
ACSteffen KjærgaardNORovertaken
ACMalcolm LangeRSAovertaken
ACRobert PetersANTovertaken

Heat One (18:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Murugayan KumaresanMAS4:59.049
2Weng Yu-YiTPE5:00.519

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Tony LedgardPER4:49.626
ACRobert PetersANTovertaken

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Patrick MattLIE4:46.982
2Alberny VargasCOL4:49.067

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Manuel GarcíaGUM5:03.997
2Mehrdad Afsharian TarshizIRI5:08.184

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Adolfo AlperiESP4:42.538Q

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Georgios PortelanosGRE4:46.345
ACHernán LópezARGovertaken

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Michael BelcourtCAN4:43.135Q
2Masamitsu EharaJPN4:44.412Q

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Robert KarśnickiPOL4:39.836Q
ACMalcolm LangeRSAovertaken

Heat Nine

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Mark KingslandAUS4:31.033QWR
ACSteffen KjærgaardNORovertaken

Heat Ten

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Carl SundquistUSA4:34.390Q
2Michal BaldriánTCH4:41.724Q

Heat Eleven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ivan BeltramiITA4:39.645Q
2Viktor KunzSUI4:45.539

Heat Twelve

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Chris BoardmanGBR4:27.357QWR
2Philippe ErmenaultFRA4:33.892Q

Heat Thirteen

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Cédric MathyBEL4:37.288Q
2Servais KnavenNED4:40.436Q

Heat Fourteen

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Aleksandr GonchenkovEUN4:35.057Q
2Jan Bo PetersenDEN4:35.904Q

Heat Fifteen

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jens LehmannGER4:30.054Q
2Gary AndersonNZL4:32.253Q

Round One (28 July 1992)

Winners of Group A heats advanced to the semi-finals.

Group A (28 July 1992)

Winners of Group A heats advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Gary AndersonNZL4:27.954Q
2Philippe ErmenaultFRA4:28.838

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Mark KingslandAUS4:29.173Q
ACCarl SundquistUSA4:38.471overtaken

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jens LehmannGER4:27.715Q
2Aleksandr GonchenkovEUNovertaken

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Chris BoardmanGBR4:24.496QWR
2Jan Bo PetersenDENovertaken

Group B (28 July 1992)

Placement races for places 9-16.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Servais KnavenNED4:36.541Q
2Michal BaldriánTCH4:39.625

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Adolfo AlperiESP4:34.760Q
2Robert KarśnickiPOL4:35.184

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ivan BeltramiITA4:36.150Q
2Michael BelcourtCAN4:42.441

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Cédric MathyBEL4:33.942Q
2Masamitsu EharaJPN4:41.287

Semi-Finals (29 July 1992 — 18:00)

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jens LehmannGER4:27.230Q
2Gary AndersonNZL4:31.061

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Chris BoardmanGBR4:29.332Q
2Mark KingslandAUS4:32.716

Final Round (29 July 1992 — 19:30)

Match 1/2 (19:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Chris BoardmanGBRcapture
2Jens LehmannGERovertaken