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Team Sprint, Men

Date 2 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationVelodrome, London Velopark, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants30 from 10 countries
Olympic Record 42,950 / Great Britain GBR / 15 – 15 August 2008

Two of the three Britons who had won gold in the 2008 Olympic team sprint, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny, were back in 2012 to defend their title, along with Philip Hindes replacing the retired Jamie Staff. They were the favorites to win once more, particularly in a home Olympics, but they had not won a World Championship in the event since 2005. That honor was usually carried by the Germans and the French and all members of both teams, except for France’s Michaël D’Almeida, had at least one World Championship victory to their credit. The defending World Champion, however, was Australia, and all three members of the team Matthew Glaetzer, Shane Perkins, and Scott Sunderland, were in London in hopes of capturing the Olympic title.

The qualification round was blazing, with Russia, France, and Great Britain setting consecutive Olympic records, although the British got off to a poor start when Hindes experienced an equipment malfunction and fell while coming out of the start, thus necessitating a restart. The pace did not slow in the semi-finals, where France set an Olympic record one heat prior to Britain capturing a world record. This left these two nations to race for gold while Germany and Australia dueled for bronze. In the final France nearly kept pace with the Britions through the first lap, but the stronger members of the team quickly widened the gap and made themselves untouchable, winning gold with a world record of exactly 42.6 seconds. Hoy’s gold medal tied him with British rower Steven Redgrave for the most Olympic victories; he had previously won the 1km time trial in 2004 and the sprint, team sprint, and Keirin events in 2008. His team sprint silver from 2000 also meant that he had tied the record for the most Olympic medals in track cycling. In the bronze medal match, Germany defeated the reigning World Champions, leaving the top four spots in the event looking exactly as they had four years ago.

The British victory, however, was not without controversy. Following the win, Hindes admitted that his crash in the first round was deliberate, part of the team strategy for bad starts. He had also been in danger of being passed by Kenny, which would have resulted in disqualification. Hindes later retracted his statement while British Cycling noted that, as a non-native English speaker, Hindes has simply misspoken. Both the International Olympic Committee and the International Cycling Union declined to investigate and the French did not initiate a complaint, believing the tactic to be within the rules, if not in good sportsmanship.

PosTeamNOC
1Great BritainGBRGold
Philip HindesChris HoyJason Kenny
2FranceFRASilver
Grégory BaugéMichaël D'AlmeidaKévin Sireau
3GermanyGERBronze
René EndersRobert FörstemannMaximilian Levy
4AustraliaAUS
Matthew GlaetzerShane PerkinsScott Sunderland
5New ZealandNZL
Eddie DawkinsEthan MitchellSimon van Velthooven
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Cheng ChangsongZhang LeiZhang Miao
7Russian FederationRUS
Sergey BorisovDenis DmitriyevSergey Kucherov
8JapanJPN
Seiichiro NakagawaYudai NittaKazunari Watanabe
9VenezuelaVEN
Hersony CanelónCésar MarcanoÁngel Pulgar
10PolandPOL
Maciej BieleckiKamil KuczyńskiDamian Zieliński

Qualifying Round (2 August 2012 — 16:15)

Top eight finishers advanced to round one.

PosTeamNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR43.065Q
Philip HindesChris HoyJason Kenny
2FranceFRA43.097Q
Grégory BaugéMichaël D'AlmeidaKévin Sireau
3AustraliaAUS43.377Q
Matthew GlaetzerShane PerkinsScott Sunderland
4Russian FederationRUS43.681Q
Sergey BorisovDenis DmitriyevSergey Kucherov
5GermanyGER43.710Q
René EndersRobert FörstemannMaximilian Levy
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN43.751Q
Cheng ChangsongZhang LeiZhang Miao
7New ZealandNZL44.175Q
Eddie DawkinsEthan MitchellSimon van Velthooven
8JapanJPN44.324Q
Seiichiro NakagawaYudai NittaKazunari Watanabe
9VenezuelaVEN44.654
Hersony CanelónCésar MarcanoÁngel Pulgar
10PolandPOL44.712
Maciej BieleckiKamil KuczyńskiDamian Zieliński

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1VenezuelaVEN44.65418.108 (9)
13.003 (8)
31.111 (8)
13.543 (10)
Hersony CanelónCésar MarcanoÁngel Pulgar
2PolandPOL44.71217.920 (8)
13.303 (9)
31.223 (10)
13.489 (8)
Maciej BieleckiKamil KuczyńskiDamian Zieliński

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN43.75117.705 (7)
12.745 (4)
30.459 (6)
13.292 (6)
Cheng ChangsongZhang LeiZhang Miao
2JapanJPN44.32418.358 (10)
12.778 (5)
31.136 (9)
13.188 (4)
Seiichiro NakagawaYudai NittaKazunari Watanabe

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1Russian FederationRUS43.68117.583 (6)
12.661 (3)
30.244 (5)
13.437 (7)
Sergey BorisovDenis DmitriyevSergey Kucherov
2New ZealandNZL44.17517.545 (5)
13.400 (10)
30.945 (7)
13.230 (5)
Eddie DawkinsEthan MitchellSimon van Velthooven

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1FranceFRA43.09717.384 (2)
12.596 (2)
29.980 (2)
13.117 (2)
Grégory BaugéMichaël D'AlmeidaKévin Sireau
2AustraliaAUS43.37717.446 (3)
12.786 (6)
30.232 (4)
13.145 (3)
Matthew GlaetzerShane PerkinsScott Sunderland

Heat Five

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1Great BritainGBR43.06517.505 (4)
12.461 (1)
29.966 (1)
13.099 (1)
OR
Philip HindesChris HoyJason Kenny
2GermanyGER43.71017.227 (1)
12.987 (7)
30.214 (3)
13.292 (6)
René EndersRobert FörstemannMaximilian Levy

Round One (2 August 2012 — 17:46)

Fastest two winners advance to final; next fastest two winners advance to bronze medal race.

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1GermanyGER43.17817.139 (1)
12.872 (2)
30.011 (1)
13.167 (1)
QB
René EndersRobert FörstemannMaximilian Levy
2Russian FederationRUS43.90917.660 (2)
12.665 (1)
30.325 (2)
13.584 (2)
Sergey BorisovDenis DmitriyevSergey Kucherov

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1AustraliaAUS43.26117.415 (1)
12.719 (1)
30.134 (1)
13.127 (2)
QB
Matthew GlaetzerShane PerkinsScott Sunderland
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN43.50517.623 (2)
12.763 (2)
30.386 (2)
13.119 (1)
Cheng ChangsongZhang LeiZhang Miao

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1FranceFRA42.99117.289 (1)
12.684 (1)
29.973 (1)
13.018 (1)
Q
Grégory BaugéMichaël D'AlmeidaKévin Sireau
2New ZealandNZL43.49517.396 (2)
12.817 (2)
30.213 (2)
13.282 (2)
Eddie DawkinsEthan MitchellSimon van Velthooven

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1Great BritainGBR42.74717.265 (1)
12.339 (1)
29.604 (1)
13.143 (1)
QWR
Philip HindesChris HoyJason Kenny
2JapanJPN43.96417.931 (2)
12.755 (2)
30.686 (2)
13.278 (2)
Seiichiro NakagawaYudai NittaKazunari Watanabe

Final Round (2 August 2012 — 18:15)

Heat 1/2

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1Great BritainGBR42.60017.274 (1)
12.359 (1)
29.633 (1)
12.967 (1)
WR
Philip HindesChris HoyJason Kenny
2FranceFRA43.01317.279 (2)
12.629 (2)
29.908 (2)
13.105 (2)
Grégory BaugéMichaël D'AlmeidaKévin Sireau

Heat 3/4

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1GermanyGER43.20917.136 (1)
12.867 (2)
30.003 (1)
13.206 (2)
René EndersRobert FörstemannMaximilian Levy
2AustraliaAUS43.35517.481 (2)
12.757 (1)
30.283 (2)
13.117 (1)
Matthew GlaetzerShane PerkinsScott Sunderland