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Cycling at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Neo Faliro Velodrome, Peiraias
Date Started: April 23, 1906
Date Finished: April 23, 1906
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: ITA Francesco Verri
Silver: GBR Herbert Bouffler
Bronze: BEL Eugène Debongnie

Summary

The first round of the match sprint started at halftime of the first match of the football (soccer) tournament, between Denmark and Smyrna. The football (soccer) matches were held in the infield of the velodrome. The event was won by Francesco Verri, who narrowly defeated Britain's Herbert Bouffler and Eugène Debongnie of Belgium in the finals. The greatest sprint cyclist in this era was probably Britain's Jimmy Benyon. Benyon won only one National Cycling Union (NCU) championship, the ¼-mile in 1904, but in the match sprint at the world championships, he was the runner-up in 1903 at Copenhagen, 3rd in 1904 at London, and the champion in 1905 in Antwerp. Another top sprinter in this era was Britain's Arthur Reed, who was world match sprint champion in 1903, runner-up in 1904 to America's Marcus Hurley (multiple gold medalist at the 1904 Olympics), and had won NCU championships in 1902 (1 mile), 1903 (5 miles), and 1904 (1 mile). Neither Reed nor Benyon went to Athens as a member of the British team. Debougnie had been 3rd in the 1905 world championships in Antwerp in the match sprint, losing out to Benyon.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Francesco Verri 20 Italy ITA Gold
2 Herbert Bouffler 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Eugène Debongnie 22 Belgium BEL Bronze
2 h1 r3/4 Émile Demangel 23 France FRA
2 h2 r3/4 Fernand Vast France FRA
2 h3 r3/4 Andrew Hansson 23 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r3/4 Otto Küpferling Germany GER
3 h2 r3/4 Federico Della Ferrera 18 Italy ITA
3 h3 r3/4 Georgios Apostolopoulos Greece GRE
AC h1 r2/4 Karl Arnold Germany GER
AC h1 r2/4 Herbert Crowther 23 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r2/4 Otto Meixner Austria AUT
AC h2 r2/4 Eugenio Colombani Egypt EGY
AC h2 r2/4 Bruno Götze 23 Germany GER
AC h2 r2/4 Hans Studer Switzerland SUI
AC h2 r2/4 Hans Holly Austria AUT
AC h2 r2/4 Ernst Meyer Switzerland SUI
2 h2 r1/4 Gaston Delaplane 24 France FRA
2 h3 r1/4 Johnnie Matthews 21 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r1/4 Max Götze 25 Germany GER
2 h5 r1/4 Arthur Rushen Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/4 Charles Delaporte 25 France FRA
AC h2 r1/4 Alexandros Verdesopoulos Greece GRE
AC h6 r1/4 Henri Menjou France FRA
AC h6 r1/4 Konrad Puhrer Austria AUT
AC h7 r1/4 Edmond Luguet 20 France FRA
AC h7 r1/4 Alois Wutte Austria AUT
AC h7 r1/4 Ioannis Petritsis Greece GRE