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Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Herne Hill Velodrome, London
Date Started: August 11, 1948
Date Finished: August 11, 1948

Gold: FRA Jacques Dupont
Silver: BEL Pierre Nihant
Bronze: GBR Tommy Godwin

Summary

The official world record was 1:10.0, set by Fabio Battesini in 1938. However, Jacques Dupont (FRA) had an unofficial time of 1:08.6 set at the Bordeaux track on a track sheltered by the stands. But the slow asphalt surface on the Herne Hill Velodrome kept the cyclists far slower than those times. Dupont won the event easily in 1:13.5, a full second faster than the silver medalist, Belgium’s Pierre Nihant. Dupont was only 20 but was the French champion in both the time-trial and the individual pursuit. Shortly after the Olympics he would place second in the individual pursuit World Championships. He then joined the professional peloton, and would win Paris-Tours in 1951 and 1955, the Circuit de l’Indre in 1952 and 1954, and was French national champion on the road in 1954.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jacques Dupont 20 France FRA Gold 1:13.5
2 Pierre Nihant 23 Belgium BEL Silver 1:14.5
3 Tommy Godwin 27 Great Britain GBR Bronze 1:15.0
4 Hans Flückiger 22 Switzerland SUI 1:15.3
5 Axel Schandorff 23 Denmark DEN 1:15.5
6 Sid Patterson 20 Australia AUS 1:15.7
7 Jack Heid 24 United States USA 1:16.2
8 Walter Freitag 23 Austria AUT 1:16.8
9 Gino Guerra 23 Italy ITA 1:17.1
10 Onni Kasslin 21 Finland FIN 1:17.4
11 Carlos Tramutolo Uruguay URU 1:17.5
12 Theo Blankenaauw 24 Netherlands NED 1:17.7
13 Jorge Sobrevila Argentina ARG 1:17.9
14 Julio César León 23 Venezuela VEN 1:18.1
15 Lorne Atkinson 27 Canada CAN 1:20.2
16T Compton Gonsalves 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 1:21.5
16T Reinaldo Paseiro 23 Cuba CUB 1:21.5
18 Adolfo Romero Mexico MEX 1:22.7
19 Rohinton Noble India IND 1:22.9
20 Wazir Ali 20 Pakistan PAK 1:24.8
21 Laddie Lewis Guyana GUY 1:25.0