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Team Sprint, Men

Date11 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationVelódromo Olímpico do Rio, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants28 from 9 countries
Olympic Record 42.600 WR / Great Britain GBR / 2 August 2012

Great Britain may have arrived in Rio as Olympic title holders, but they struggled in the years since London 2012 to replace retired six times Olympic champion Chris Hoy, and had never finished higher than fifth at any of the intervening World Championships. The favourites for the gold were New Zealand who had impressed in winning the world title earlier in the year in London ahead of a youthful Dutch trio.

To the surprise of their own supporters, the British team produced a performance the likes of which they had not duplicated since the London Olympics and set an Olympic record in the qualifying round. Even the New Zealanders could not match this time at their first attempt although they responded strongly by lowering the record to reach the final.

The final pitched the British and New Zealand against each other after being divided by little more than a tenth of a second on both previous rides. Ethan Mitchell produced a blistering start for the Kiwis and New Zealand led after lap one but Jason Kenny pegged the gap back before Callum Skinner produced the lap of his life to extend the British lead and clinch a third consecutive Olympic title for his nation. Kenny was a member of all three teams. France, meanwhile, defeated Australia for third place to clinch what was to be their only cycling medal of the entire Rio Olympics.

PosTeamNOC
1Great BritainGBRGold
Philip HindesJason KennyCallum Skinner
2New ZealandNZLSilver
Ethan MitchellSam WebsterEddie Dawkins
3FranceFRABronze
Grégory BaugéFrançois PervisMichaël D'Almeida
4AustraliaAUS
Nathan HartMatthew GlaetzerPatrick Constable
5GermanyGER
Joachim EilersRené EndersMaximilian Levy
6NetherlandsNED
Theo BosJeffrey HooglandNils van 't HoenderdaalMatthijs Büchli
7PolandPOL
Krzysztof MakselRafał SarneckiDamian Zieliński
8VenezuelaVEN
Hersony CanelónCésar MarcanoÁngel Pulgar
9Republic of KoreaKOR
Im Chae-BinGang Dong-JinSon Je-Yong

Qualifying Round (11 August 2016 — 16:00)

Top eight finishers advanced to round one.

PosTeamNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR42.562QOR
Philip HindesJason KennyCallum Skinner
2New ZealandNZL42.673Q
Ethan MitchellSam WebsterEddie Dawkins
3AustraliaAUS43.158Q
Nathan HartMatthew GlaetzerPatrick Constable
4FranceFRA43.185Q
Grégory BaugéFrançois PervisMichaël D'Almeida
5PolandPOL43.297Q
Krzysztof MakselRafał SarneckiDamian Zieliński
6NetherlandsNED43.688Q
Theo BosJeffrey HooglandMatthijs Büchli
7GermanyGER43.711Q
Joachim EilersRené EndersMaximilian Levy
8VenezuelaVEN44.263Q
Hersony CanelónCésar MarcanoÁngel Pulgar
ACRepublic of KoreaKORDQ
Im Chae-BinGang Dong-JinSon Je-Yong

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
ACRepublic of KoreaKOR– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
DQ
Im Chae-BinGang Dong-JinSon Je-Yong

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1PolandPOL43.29717.349 (7)
12.751 (5)
30.100 (5)
13.197 (3)
Q
Krzysztof MakselRafał SarneckiDamian Zieliński
2VenezuelaVEN44.26317.674 (8)
12.975 (6)
30.649 (8)
13.614 (9)
Q
Hersony CanelónCésar MarcanoÁngel Pulgar

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1Great BritainGBR42.56217.119 (2)
12.486 (1)
29.605 (1)
12.957 (1)
QOR
Philip HindesJason KennyCallum Skinner
2AustraliaAUS43.15817.158 (3)
12.652 (3)
29.810 (3)
13.348 (6)
Q
Nathan HartMatthew GlaetzerPatrick Constable

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1FranceFRA43.18517.230 (5)
12.658 (4)
29.888 (4)
13.297 (4)
Q
Grégory BaugéFrançois PervisMichaël D'Almeida
2GermanyGER43.71117.228 (4)
13.175 (9)
30.403 (7)
13.308 (5)
Q
Joachim EilersRené EndersMaximilian Levy

Heat Five

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1New ZealandNZL42.67317.039 (1)
12.602 (2)
29.641 (2)
13.032 (2)
Q
Ethan MitchellSam WebsterEddie Dawkins
2NetherlandsNED43.68817.297 (6)
13.010 (7)
30.307 (6)
13.381 (7)
Q
Theo BosJeffrey HooglandNils van 't Hoenderdaal

Round One (11 August 2016 — 17:10)

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

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1FranceFRA43.15317.302 (2)
12.714 (1)
30.016 (1)
13.137 (1)
q
Grégory BaugéFrançois PervisMichaël D'Almeida
2PolandPOL43.55517.265 (1)
13.019 (2)
30.284 (2)
13.271 (2)
Krzysztof MakselRafał SarneckiDamian Zieliński

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1AustraliaAUS43.16617.288 (1)
12.542 (1)
29.830 (1)
13.336 (2)
q
Nathan HartMatthew GlaetzerPatrick Constable
2NetherlandsNED43.55217.408 (2)
12.842 (2)
30.250 (2)
13.302 (1)
Theo BosJeffrey HooglandNils van 't Hoenderdaal

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1New ZealandNZL42.53517.031 (1)
12.553 (1)
29.584 (1)
12.951 (1)
QOR
Ethan MitchellSam WebsterEddie Dawkins
2GermanyGER43.45517.240 (2)
12.934 (2)
30.174 (2)
13.281 (2)
Joachim EilersRené EndersMaximilian Levy

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1Great BritainGBR42.64017.160 (1)
12.537 (1)
29.697 (1)
12.943 (1)
Q
Philip HindesJason KennyCallum Skinner
2VenezuelaVEN44.48617.617 (2)
13.055 (2)
30.672 (2)
13.814 (2)
Hersony CanelónCésar MarcanoÁngel Pulgar

Final Round (11 August 2016 — 18:21)

Heat 1/2

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1Great BritainGBR42.44017.030 (2)
12.440 (1)
29.470 (1)
12.970 (1)
OR
Philip HindesJason KennyCallum Skinner
2New ZealandNZL42.54216.995 (1)
12.561 (2)
29.556 (2)
12.986 (2)
Ethan MitchellSam WebsterEddie Dawkins

Heat 3/4

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1Lap 2
1FranceFRA43.14317.353 (2)
12.672 (2)
30.025 (2)
13.118 (1)
Grégory BaugéFrançois PervisMichaël D'Almeida
2AustraliaAUS43.29817.315 (1)
12.602 (1)
29.917 (1)
13.381 (2)
Nathan HartMatthew GlaetzerPatrick Constable