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Cycling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

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Events:
Phases:

Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Cycling Stadium, Berlin
Date Started: August 7, 1936
Date Finished: August 8, 1936

Gold: GER Germany
Silver: NED Netherlands
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

Eleven tandems came to the mark, racing in five first round heats. The winners of those heats joined three repêchage winners in the quarter-finals. All matches were a single race until the medal rounds, which were best two of three. The semi-finals saw the German team of Ernst Ihbe and Carl Lorenz face the French team of Pierre Georget and Georges Maton, and the Dutch team of Bernhard Leene and Henk Ooms racing the Italians, Carlo Legutti and Bruno Loatti. The first semi was close, with Germany defeating the French by just over a wheel, but in the second semi, the Netherlands easily defeated Italy. The final saw Germany, clearly the best team in the event, win the gold medal in two straight races, both by fairly comfortable margins. France defeated Italy for the bronze medal. For the Netherlands, Bernhard Leene was competing in his third straight Olympics on the tandem, having won gold in 1928 with Daan van Dijk, and placing fourth in 1932. Bronze medalist Pierre Georget also won a silver in the kilometer time trial and in 1936 and 1937 would place second at the World Championships in the match sprint.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Germany GER Gold
2 Netherlands NED Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5T Belgium BEL
5T Denmark DEN
5T Great Britain GBR
5T United States USA
9T Austria AUT
9T Switzerland SUI
11 Hungary HUN