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Cycling at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Neo Faliro Velodrome, Peiraias
Date Started: April 23, 1906
Date Finished: April 24, 1906

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: GER Germany

Summary

The final of this event was delayed until the next day because of darkness. The program had fallen well behind schedule and the British team of Johnnie Matthews and Arthur Rushen objected to riding in the twilight. The result was a major upset, as the German team of brothers Bruno and Max Götze were considered the favorites, and John Matthews and Arthur Rushen had never raced together on a tandem until 1906. They had not previously won any national championships and it was only on their return to Athens that they won the National Cycling Union (NCU) tandem title, the only national championship ever won by either of them. After the Athens Olympics they also set several British records. They both later competed in the tandem event at the 1908 Olympics, but no longer as teammates. Matthews teamed up with the greatest British cyclist of the era, Leon Meredith, and Rushen joined up with John Barnard, who later married Matthews' sister. In 1908 neither pairing reached the Olympic final.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Great Britain GBR Gold OR
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Germany GER Bronze
2 h1 r1/2 Austria AUT
3 h1 r1/2 Greece GRE
3 h2 r1/2 Greece GRE