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Cycling at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Municipal Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 26, 1924
Date Finished: July 27, 1924
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: FRA Lucien Michard
Silver: NED Jaap Meijer
Bronze: FRA Jean Cugnot

Summary

Thirty-one riders started with most of the races were conducted with three cyclists at a time. Twelve first round races and six repêchages advanced 18 riders to six quarter-finals. The winners of the six quarters and three repêchages produced nine cyclists who rode in three semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals advanced to the final, where three riders race for the medals. All the rounds were conducted as a single race. The 1923 World Champion was France’s Jean Cugnot.He was favored along with Maurice Peeters (NED), who had won the Grand Prix de Paris in 1920 and was the defending champion, and American William Fenn. However, neither rider made the semis, both losing in the quarter-final repêchages. The third favorite was France’s Lucien Michard, winner of the Grand Prix de Paris in 1922 and 1924. The three semis were won by Frenchmen Michard and Jean Cugnot, and Jaap Meijer (NED), who contested the final. In the final, Cugnot led out the race, with Michard on his wheel. In the final sprint, both Michard and Meijer passed Cugnot, who finished third, with Michard edging out Meijer for the gold medal. Michard would become the best amateur sprinter of the 1920s, winning the World Championships from 1927-30, and placing second in 1931-33.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lucien Michard 20 France FRA Gold
2 Jaap Meijer 19 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Jean Cugnot 24 France FRA Bronze
2 h1 r5/6 Henry Fuller Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r5/6 Oscar Guldager 19 Denmark DEN
2 h3 r5/6 George Dempsey 18 Australia AUS
3 h1 r5/6 Guglielmo Bossi 22 Italy ITA
3 h2 r5/6 Francesco Del Grosso 24 Italy ITA
3 h3 r5/6 Louis Mermillod Switzerland SUI
AC h1 r4/6 Miloš Knobloch Czechoslovakia TCH
AC h1 r4/6 Maurice Peeters 41 Netherlands NED
AC h1 r4/6 Willy Falck Hansen 18 Denmark DEN
AC h2 r4/6 George Owen Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r4/6 János Grimm Hungary HUN
AC h2 r4/6 Pierre De Bruyne Belgium BEL
AC h3 r4/6 Franciszek Szymczyk 32 Poland POL
AC h3 r4/6 Wally Coppins Australia AUS
AC h3 r4/6 William Fenn 19 United States USA
2 h1 r2/6 Julio Polet Argentina ARG
AC h3 r2/6 Artūrs Zeiberliņš Latvia LAT
AC h3 r2/6 Eugenio Gret Argentina ARG
AC h4 r2/6 Ferenc Uhereczky Hungary HUN
AC h4 r2/6 Oldřich Červinka Czechoslovakia TCH
AC h5 r2/6 Ricardo Bermejo Chile CHI
AC h5 r2/6 Jean Verheyen 27 Belgium BEL
AC h6 r2/6 Jan Łazarski 31 Poland POL
AC h6 r2/6 Roberts Plūme 26 Latvia LAT
2 h5 r1/6 Alejandro Vidal Chile CHI
3 h3 r1/6 Boris Dimchev Bulgaria BUL
3 h12 r1/6 Francisco Juillet Chile CHI
AC h4 r1/6 Maurice Gillen 28 Luxembourg LUX DNF