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Keirin, Men

Date21 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationDunc Gray Velodrome, Bass Hill, New South Wales
Participants20 from 15 countries

This was the Olympic début of keirin but it was considered a popular event at the World Championships. Keirin is one of the most exciting events in cycling because of the speeds. The event is a 2,000 metre paced event, in which the riders ride behind a motorized derny, which increases the potential speeds. The derny paces the riders for about 1,500 metres and then pulls off the track, at which time the cyclists begin a furious sprint to the finish. Keirin racing has traditionally been raced in Japan, where it has been a professional sport for over 20 years, and in which pari-mutuel betting on the riders is permitted.

The last few World Championships had been split among Jens Fiedler (GER), Marty Nothstein (USA), and Frédéric Magné (FRA). All three made it to the final, where they were joined by top sprinters Florian Rousseau (FRA), Gary Neiwand (AUS), and Jan van Eijden (GER). When the derny pulled away, Fiedler jumped the field, but Neiwand took the lead on the last lap, only to be passed by Rousseau for the gold medal just before the line.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Florian RousseauFRAGold
2Gary NeiwandAUSSilver
3Jens FiedlerGERBronze
4Jan van EijdenGER
5Marty NothsteinUSA
6Frédéric MagnéFRA
4 h1 r3/4Roberto ChiappaITA
4 h2 r3/4David CabreroESP
5 h2 r3/4Pavel BuráňCZE
6 h2 r3/4Shinichi OtaJPN
AC h1 r3/4Ainārs ĶiksisLAT
AC h1 r3/4Lambros VasilopoulosGRE
3 h1 r2/4Grzegorz KrejnerPOL
3 h2 r2/4Anthony PedenNZL
4 h1 r2/4Matt SintonNZL
4 h2 r2/4Eom In-YeongKOR
5 h2 r2/4Chelly ArrueUSA
AC h1 r2/4Chris HoyGBR
AC h3 r2/4Jaroslav JeřábekSVK
AC h3 r2/4Yuichiro KamiyamaJPN

Round One (21 September 2000 — 18:00)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to round two.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jens FiedlerGERQ
2Gary NeiwandAUSQ
3Shinichi OtaJPN
4Lambros VasilopoulosGRE
5Jaroslav JeřábekSVK
6Chelly ArrueUSA

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Pavel BuráňCZEQ
2Roberto ChiappaITAQ
3Eom In-YeongKOR
4Chris HoyGBR
5Florian RousseauFRA
6Grzegorz KrejnerPOL
ACAnthony PedenNZLDQ

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jan van EijdenGERQ
2Frédéric MagnéFRAQ
3David CabreroESP
4Marty NothsteinUSA
5Matt SintonNZL
6Yuichiro KamiyamaJPN
ACAinārs ĶiksisLATDQ

Round One Repêchage (21 September 2000 — 18:55)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to round two.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Ainārs ĶiksisLATQ
2Shinichi OtaJPNQ
3Grzegorz KrejnerPOL
4Matt SintonNZL
ACChris HoyGBRDQ

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Marty NothsteinUSAQ
2Florian RousseauFRAQ
3Anthony PedenNZL
4Eom In-YeongKOR
5Chelly ArrueUSA

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1David CabreroESPQ
2Lambros VasilopoulosGREQ
ACJaroslav JeřábekSVKDNF
ACYuichiro KamiyamaJPNDQ

Semi-Finals (21 September 2000 — 19:25)

Top three finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jens FiedlerGERQ
2Jan van EijdenGERQ
3Florian RousseauFRAQ
4Roberto ChiappaITA
ACAinārs ĶiksisLATDQ
ACLambros VasilopoulosGREDQ

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Marty NothsteinUSAQ
2Gary NeiwandAUSQ
3Frédéric MagnéFRAQ
4David CabreroESP
5Pavel BuráňCZE
6Shinichi OtaJPN

Final Round (21 September 2000 — 21:20)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Florian RousseauFRA
2Gary NeiwandAUS
3Jens FiedlerGER
4Jan van EijdenGER
5Marty NothsteinUSA
6Frédéric MagnéFRA