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Cycling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 4, 1928
Date Finished: August 6, 1928
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: FRA Roger Beaufrand
Silver: NED Antoine Mazairac
Bronze: DEN Willy Falck Hansen

Summary

The events started on Saturday, but were delayed slightly because of the rain. When the heats finally got underway, the rain returned. In the fourth heat, Italian Severgnini fell, as did Cozens in the third heat (which was contested after heat four because the original run was aborted). Immediately, the other cyclists stopped racing, and after being consulted by the referees, the races were postponed until the next evening. On a dry track, the Dutchman Antoine Mazairac (runner-up at the 1923 and 1925 World Championships) and the young Frenchman Roger Beaufrand were the class of the field and reached the final. Beaufrand was forced to take the lead by the home favorite, who was known be an overly nervous competitor in important races. When Beaufrand went into full sprint at three-quarters of the race, Mazairac was unable to follow, and the Frenchman took the title by almost a full length. Beaufrand would also reach the final of the 1928 World Championships, which he lost against Villy Falck Hansen, the bronze medalist in Amsterdam. Mazairac would finally manage to win an important title the next year, taking the world title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Roger Beaufrand 19 France FRA Gold
2 Antoine Mazairac 26 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Willy Falck Hansen 22 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Hans Bernhardt 22 Germany GER
5T Jerzy Koszutski 23 Poland POL
5T Antonio Malvassi Argentina ARG
5T Jack Standen Australia AUS
5T Yves Van Massenhove 19 Belgium BEL
3 r3/6 Syd Cozens 19 Great Britain GBR
4 r3/6 Willi Knabenhans 22 Switzerland SUI
2 h1 r2/6 Francisco Juillet Chile CHI
2 h2 r2/6 Edoardo Severgnini 24 Italy ITA
2 h3 r2/6 Bertie Donnelly Ireland IRL
2 h4 r2/6 Yermo 24 Spain ESP
3 h2 r2/6 Jim Davies 22 Canada CAN
3 h3 r2/6 Roberts Plūme 31 Latvia LAT
3 h4 r2/6 Cavit Cav Turkey TUR
3 h2 r1/6 August Schaffer 22 Austria AUT