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Sprint, Men

Date4 – 6 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationVelodrome, London Velopark, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants17 from 17 countries
FormatQualifying over 3½ laps, or 875 metres. Match races over 3 laps, or 750 metres.

Chris Hoy of Great Britain was the defending Olympic champion in the men’s sprint, but the British cycling team opted to not select him for the event in 2012, paving the way for his teammate and runner up in 2008 Jason Kenny to recapture the title. It was a risky move because Kenny had never defeated the favorite, France’s Grégory Baugé. Baugé had earned the individual World Championship title every year since the 2008 Olympics, although Kenny is credited with the victory in 2011 because Baugé received a backdated suspension for missing doping tests. Furthermore, Baugé was a member of five World Championship-winning team sprint squads although, as with the individual, he had to surrender his 2011 victory. Kenny, on the other hand, earned team sprint gold in Beijing (and repeated the feat in London) and would certainly have the hometown advantage going into the event.

This support must have had some effect, for Kenny posted the fastest time in the qualification round, over two-tenths of a second faster than Baugé. In fact Baugé was outclassed by Kenny in every round of the competition and, by the time of the final, Kenny’s fellow Britons had packed the London Velopark to capacity to cheer him on. In both races, Baugé was unable to match Kenny’s raw power, allowing Kenny to successfully defend the Olympic title for his country and its dominance in 2012 cycling events. In the bronze medal match Australian Shane Perkins, a World Champion in keirin and the team sprint, defeated Njisane Nicholas Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago, a rookie whose surprising survival in the competition and solid determination earned him the endearment of many cycling fans in London.

PosNrCyclistNOC
1107Jason KennyGBRGold
297Grégory BaugéFRASilver
350Shane PerkinsAUSBronze
4176Njisane PhillipTTO
5168Denis DmitriyevRUS
6182Jimmy WatkinsUSA
7114Robert FörstemannGER
8137Mohd Azizulhasni Bin AwangMAS
9127Seiichiro NakagawaJPN
1085Pavel KelemenCZE
11166Bernard EsterhuizenRSA
12186Hersony CanelónVEN
1371Zhang MiaoCHN
14152Eddie DawkinsNZL
15165Damian ZielińskiPOL
1692Hodei MazquiaránESP
AC124Zafeiris VolikakisGREDQ1

Qualifying Round (4 August 2012 — 10:00)

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Jason KennyGBR9.713
2Grégory BaugéFRA9.952
3Shane PerkinsAUS9.987
4Robert FörstemannGER10.0722
5Denis DmitriyevRUS10.088
6Hersony CanelónVEN10.123
7Seiichiro NakagawaJPN10.144
8Zhang MiaoCHN10.155
9Eddie DawkinsNZL10.201
10Njisane PhillipTTO10.202
11Mohd Azizulhasni Bin AwangMAS10.226
12Jimmy WatkinsUSA10.247
13Pavel KelemenCZE10.311
14Damian ZielińskiPOL10.323
15Bernard EsterhuizenRSA10.350
16Hodei MazquiaránESP10.604
17Zafeiris VolikakisGRE10.663

Round One (4 August 2012 — 11:01)

Winner of each heat advanced to eighth-finals.

Heat One

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Jason KennyGBRQ

Heat Two

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Grégory BaugéFRAQ
DNSZafeiris VolikakisGRE3

Heat Three

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Shane PerkinsAUS10.722Q
2Hodei MazquiaránESP

Heat Four

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Robert FörstemannGER11.100Q
2Bernard EsterhuizenRSA

Heat Five

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Denis DmitriyevRUS10.690Q
2Damian ZielińskiPOL

Heat Six

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Pavel KelemenCZE10.840Q
ACHersony CanelónVENDQ4

Heat Seven

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Jimmy WatkinsUSA10.399Q
2Seiichiro NakagawaJPN5

Heat Eight

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Mohd Azizulhasni Bin AwangMAS10.473Q
2Zhang MiaoCHN

Heat Nine

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Njisane PhillipTTO10.221Q
2Eddie DawkinsNZL

Round One Repêchage (4 August 2012 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to eighth-finals.

Heat One

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Hersony CanelónVEN10.439Q
2Eddie DawkinsNZL

Heat Two

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Seiichiro NakagawaJPN10.792Q
2Damian ZielińskiPOL6

Heat Three

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Bernard EsterhuizenRSA10.762Q
2Hodei MazquiaránESP
3Zhang MiaoCHN

Round Two (4 August 2012 — 16:35)

Winner of each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Jason KennyGBR10.363Q
2Bernard EsterhuizenRSA

Heat Two

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Grégory BaugéFRA10.490Q
2Seiichiro NakagawaJPN

Heat Three

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Shane PerkinsAUS10.978Q7
ACHersony CanelónVENDQ

Heat Four

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Njisane PhillipTTO10.467Q
2Robert FörstemannGER8

Heat Five

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Denis DmitriyevRUS10.278Q
2Mohd Azizulhasni Bin AwangMAS

Heat Six

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Jimmy WatkinsUSA10.511Q
2Pavel KelemenCZE

Round Two Repêchage (4 August 2012 — 17:34)

Winner of each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Robert FörstemannGER10.881Q
2Pavel KelemenCZE
3Bernard EsterhuizenRSA

Heat Two

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Mohd Azizulhasni Bin AwangMAS10.456Q
2Hersony CanelónVEN
3Seiichiro NakagawaJPN

Quarter-Finals (5 August 2012 — 16:34)

Best two of three races. Winner of each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Jason KennyGBR10.43310.030Q
2Mohd Azizulhasni Bin AwangMAS

Heat Two

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Grégory BaugéFRA10.47210.300Q
2Robert FörstemannGER

Heat Three

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Shane PerkinsAUS10.52010.263Q
2Jimmy WatkinsUSA

Heat Four

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Njisane PhillipTTO10.54510.300Q
2Denis DmitriyevRUS

Semi-Finals (6 August 2012 — 16:00)

Best two of three races. Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Jason KennyGBR10.15910.166Q
2Njisane PhillipTTO

Heat Two

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Grégory BaugéFRA10.35810.268Q
2Shane PerkinsAUS

Final Round (4 – 6 August 2012)

Heat 1/2

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Jason KennyGBR10.23210.308
2Grégory BaugéFRA

Heat 3/4 (6 August 2012 — 17:43)

PosCyclistNOCRace 1 TimeRace 2 Time
1Shane PerkinsAUS10.48910.297
2Njisane PhillipTTO

Heat 5-8 (5 August 2012 — 18:47)

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Denis DmitriyevRUS10.340
2Jimmy WatkinsUSA
3Robert FörstemannGER
4Mohd Azizulhasni Bin AwangMAS

Heat 9-12 (4 August 2012 — 18:30)

PosCyclistNOCTime
1Seiichiro NakagawaJPN10.950
2Pavel KelemenCZE
3Bernard EsterhuizenRSA
4Hersony CanelónVEN