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Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Velodrome, Helsinki
Date Started: July 31, 1952
Date Finished: July 31, 1952

Gold: AUS Russell Mockridge
Silver: ITA Marino Morettini
Bronze: RSA Ray Robinson

Summary

Russell Mockridge first competed at the Olympics in 1948, placing 26th, and then in 1950 won gold medals in the sprint and kilo time trial at the British Empire Games. He briefly retired but came back to place second at the 1951 World Championships in the sprint. A few months before the Helsinki Olympics, Mockridge competed at the Grand Prix de Paris sprint title, the world’s top invitational event, and became the first amateur to win the open title at that event. He did not race in the sprint at Helsinki, choosing to concentrate on the time trial and the tandem. In the kilo, starting 20th, he won easily, with a margin of 1.6 seconds over Italy’s Marino Morettini, who was the next-to-last to start. Mockridge would return to win a second gold medal in the tandem, accompanied by Lionel Cox. With Mockridge not in the event, Cox would also win a silver in the match sprint. Morettini had been third in the sprint at the 1951 World Championships, would place second in that event in 1952, and became World Champion in 1953.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Russell Mockridge 23 Australia AUS Gold 1:11.1 OR
2 Marino Morettini 21 Italy ITA Silver 1:12.7
3 Ray Robinson 22 South Africa RSA Bronze 1:13.0
4 Clodomiro Cortoni 29 Argentina ARG 1:13.2
5 Don McKellow 27 Great Britain GBR 1:13.3
6T Ib Vagn Hansen 26 Denmark DEN 1:14.4
6T Ion Ioniţă 24 Romania ROU 1:14.4
8 Jan Hijzelendoorn 23 Netherlands NED 1:14.5
9T Henri Andrieux 20 France FRA 1:14.7
9T Joseph De Bakker 18 Belgium BEL 1:14.7
11 Malcolm Simpson 18 New Zealand NZL 1:15.1
12 Lev Tsipursky Soviet Union URS 1:15.2
12 Ladislav Fouček 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:15.2
14 Onni Kasslin 25 Finland FIN 1:15.3
15T Fredy Arber 23 Switzerland SUI 1:15.4
15T Andoni Ituarte 32 Venezuela VEN 1:15.4
17 Hernán Masanés 20 Chile CHI 1:15.9
18 István Lang 19 Hungary HUN 1:16.9
19 Luis Ángel de los Santos 26 Uruguay URU 1:17.0
20 Ken Farnum 21 Jamaica JAM 1:17.2
21 Kurt Nemetz 25 Austria AUT 1:17.5
22 Frederick Henry 22 Canada CAN 1:17.6
23 Frank Brilando 27 United States USA 1:17.8
24 Gustavo Martínez 20 Guatemala GUA 1:18.9
25 Imtiaz Bhatti 19 Pakistan PAK 1:21.2
26 Tadashi Kato 17 Japan JPN 1:23.2
27 Suprovat Chakravarty 20 India IND 1:26.0