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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men

Date11 – 12 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationVelódromo Olímpico do Rio, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants40 from 9 countries
Olympic Record 3:51.659 WR / Great Britain GBR / 3 August 2012

Form lines from recent World Championships suggested the Olympic tournament would be decided between Australia and Great Britain in a repeat of Olympic finals from 2004 and 2012. Bullish reports from the British camp had even suggested that they were producing practice times that were under their existing world record in the weeks before the Games began. The Aussies had been the most consistent team since the London Games, but Great Britain had recently regained the services of Bradley Wiggins since his retirement from road cycling. The British were the penultimate starters in the qualifying round and they immediately threw down a challenge to the rest of the world by posting a time only marginally outside their own world record. Up next were the Australians who could not match the British time and only narrowly avoided having to meet them in the semi-final.

The semi-finals were contrasting affairs. Great Britain set a world record in their crushing victory over New Zealand in the first, but the second was a classic. Denmark and Australia traded the lead over the course of the race and there was only a tenth of a second in favour of the Aussies when they crossed the line for the final time.

Having been three seconds slower than the British in their previous rides, Australia decided to gamble in the final and set off at a speed they had not approached previously. For 3.5 km they led but the effort proved just a little too much for them and they faded over the last two laps. Even then there was nearly a final sting in the tail. With both teams reduced to three riders on the final lap the British began to drop their final counting rider. A huge effort brought him back to the other pair and it was enough to shave another three tenths of a second off the world record. Australia’s time would have been the world record at the start of the day. Denmark, meanwhile, had little trouble defeating New Zealand for the bronze medal. For Bradley Wiggins this was his eighth Olympic medal over the course of five Olympic Games, a British record, and fifth Olympic title. Another member of the GBR team, Ed Clancy, became the most successful rider in the history of the event on winning his third successive gold.

PosTeamNOC
1Great BritainGBRGoldWR
Ed ClancySteven BurkeOwain DoullBradley Wiggins
2AustraliaAUSSilver
Alex EdmondsonJack BobridgeMichael HepburnSam WelsfordCallum Scotson
3DenmarkDENBronze
Lasse Norman HansenNiklas LarsenFrederik MadsenCasper FolsachRasmus Quaade
4New ZealandNZL
Piet BullingAaron GateDylan KennettRegan Gough
5GermanyGER
Theo ReinhardtNils SchomberKersten ThieleDomenic WeinsteinHenning Bommel
6ItalyITA
Simone ConsonniFilippo GannaFrancesco LamonMichele ScartezziniLiam Bertazzo
7SwitzerlandSUI
Olivier BeerSilvan DillierThéry SchirCyrille Thièry
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Fan YangLiu HaoQin ChenluShen Pingan
ACNetherlandsNEDDNF
Tim VeldtWim StroetingaJan-Willem van SchipJoost van der Burg

Qualifying Round (11 August 2016 — 17:23)

Top 8 finishers advanced to round one; top 4 finishers still in race for gold.

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1Great BritainGBR3:51.9431:02.402 (1)
56.315 (1)
1:58.717 (1)
56.121 (1)
2:54.838 (1)
57.105 (1)
QWR
Ed ClancySteven BurkeOwain DoullBradley Wiggins
2DenmarkDEN3:55.3961:02.908 (2)
56.699 (2)
1:59.607 (2)
57.368 (4)
2:56.975 (2)
58.421 (3)
Q
Lasse Norman HansenNiklas LarsenFrederik MadsenCasper Folsach
3AustraliaAUS3:55.6061:02.997 (3)
56.859 (3)
1:59.856 (3)
57.313 (3)
2:57.169 (3)
58.437 (4)
Q
Alex EdmondsonJack BobridgeMichael HepburnSam Welsford
4New ZealandNZL3:55.9771:03.769 (4)
57.106 (4)
2:00.875 (4)
57.116 (2)
2:57.991 (4)
57.986 (2)
Q
Piet BullingAaron GateDylan KennettRegan Gough
5ItalyITA3:59.7081:05.286 (7)
57.952 (6)
2:03.238 (6)
58.021 (5)
3:01.259 (5)
58.449 (5)
Q
Simone ConsonniLiam BertazzoFilippo GannaFrancesco Lamon
6GermanyGER4:00.9111:05.384 (8)
58.364 (7)
2:03.748 (8)
58.289 (6)
3:02.037 (7)
58.874 (6)
Q
Henning BommelNils SchomberKersten ThieleDomenic Weinstein
7SwitzerlandSUI4:03.8451:04.647 (5)
57.395 (5)
2:02.042 (5)
59.246 (9)
3:01.288 (6)
1:02.557 (8)
Q
Olivier BeerSilvan DillierThéry SchirCyrille Thièry
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:05.1521:05.663 (9)
58.466 (8)
2:04.129 (9)
58.967 (8)
3:03.096 (9)
1:02.056 (7)
Q
Fan YangLiu HaoQin ChenluShen Pingan
ACNetherlandsNED1:05.140 (6)
58.556 (9)
2:03.696 (7)
58.793 (7)
3:02.489 (8)
– (–)
DNF
Tim VeldtWim StroetingaJan-Willem van SchipJoost van der Burg

Round One (12 August 2016 — 16:52)

Fastest two heat winners advance to gold medal race. Advancement to placement finals based on time.

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1GermanyGER3:56.9031:04.374 (2)
57.537 (2)
2:01.911 (2)
57.413 (1)
2:59.324 (1)
57.579 (1)
Theo ReinhardtNils SchomberKersten ThieleDomenic Weinstein
2SwitzerlandSUI4:03.5801:03.930 (1)
57.496 (1)
2:01.426 (1)
59.848 (2)
3:01.274 (2)
1:02.306 (2)
Olivier BeerSilvan DillierThéry SchirCyrille Thièry

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1ItalyITA3:55.7241:04.043 (1)
56.855 (1)
2:00.898 (1)
57.613 (1)
2:58.511 (1)
57.213 (1)
Simone ConsonniLiam BertazzoFilippo GannaFrancesco Lamon
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:04.2401:06.007 (2)
59.058 (2)
2:05.065 (2)
59.322 (2)
3:04.387 (2)
59.853 (2)
Fan YangLiu HaoQin ChenluShen Pingan

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1AustraliaAUS3:53.4291:02.943 (2)
56.446 (1)
1:59.389 (2)
56.749 (2)
2:56.138 (2)
57.291 (1)
Q
Alex EdmondsonMichael HepburnCallum ScotsonSam Welsford
2DenmarkDEN3:53.5421:02.259 (1)
56.491 (2)
1:58.750 (1)
56.665 (1)
2:55.415 (1)
58.127 (2)
q
Lasse Norman HansenNiklas LarsenFrederik MadsenRasmus Quaade

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1Great BritainGBR3:50.5701:02.022 (1)
55.708 (1)
1:57.730 (1)
56.055 (1)
2:53.785 (1)
56.785 (1)
QWR
Ed ClancySteven BurkeOwain DoullBradley Wiggins
2New ZealandNZL3:55.6541:02.820 (2)
56.092 (2)
1:58.912 (2)
57.007 (2)
2:55.919 (2)
59.735 (2)
q
Piet BullingAaron GateDylan KennettRegan Gough

Final Round (12 August 2016 — 18:20)

Heat 1/2

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1Great BritainGBR3:50.2651:01.597 (2)
55.773 (2)
1:57.370 (2)
55.881 (1)
2:53.251 (2)
57.014 (1)
WR
Ed ClancySteven BurkeOwain DoullBradley Wiggins
2AustraliaAUS3:51.0081:01.298 (1)
55.377 (1)
1:56.675 (1)
56.486 (2)
2:53.161 (1)
57.847 (2)
Alex EdmondsonJack BobridgeMichael HepburnSam Welsford

Heat 3/4

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1DenmarkDEN3:53.7891:02.736 (1)
56.122 (1)
1:58.858 (1)
57.021 (1)
2:55.879 (1)
57.910 (1)
Lasse Norman HansenNiklas LarsenFrederik MadsenCasper Folsach
2New ZealandNZL3:56.7531:04.034 (2)
56.440 (2)
2:00.474 (2)
57.023 (2)
2:57.677 (2)
59.076 (2)
Piet BullingAaron GateDylan KennettRegan Gough

Heat 5/6

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1GermanyGER3:59.4851:04.355 (1)
57.373 (1)
2:01.728 (1)
57.446 (1)
2:59.174 (1)
1:00.311 (1)
Theo ReinhardtNils SchomberKersten ThieleDomenic Weinstein
2ItalyITA4:02.3601:04.623 (2)
57.404 (2)
2:02.027 (2)
58.407 (2)
3:00.434 (2)
1:01.926 (2)
Simone ConsonniFilippo GannaFrancesco LamonMichele Scartezzini

Heat 7/8

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1SwitzerlandSUI4:01.7861:05.082 (2)
57.609 (1)
2:02.691 (1)
58.659 (1)
3:01.350 (1)
1:00.436 (2)
Olivier BeerSilvan DillierThéry SchirCyrille Thièry
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:03.6871:04.989 (1)
59.024 (2)
2:04.013 (2)
59.484 (2)
3:03.497 (2)
1:00.190 (1)
Fan YangLiu HaoQin ChenluShen Pingan