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Cycling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Velodrome, Helsinki
Date Started: July 28, 1952
Date Finished: July 29, 1952

Gold: ITA Italy
Silver: RSA South Africa
Bronze: GBR Great Britain

Summary

This was the first track event of the 1952 Olympics. Twenty-two teams competed in qualifying with eight advancing to the quarter-finals. The semi-finals came down to Italy against Great Britain, and South Africa against France. Italy won the first semi in a fast time, leading Britain by 3.7 seconds. In the second semi, two French riders fell off the pace on the last lap and South Africa was declared the winner. Italy rode away from South Africa in the final, winning easily. The bronze medal race was very close, with Britain declared the winner – the fifth straight bronze medal for Great Britain in this event. They would extend that string to six in 1956. France had won the gold medal in 1936 and 1948, while Italy had won the previous four Olympic titles, going back to 1920. Italy was led by Marino Morettini, who also won silver in the kilometer, and would later become World Champion in the sprint in 1953.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Italy ITA Gold
2 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 France FRA
5T Belgium BEL
5T Denmark DEN
5T Netherlands NED
5T Switzerland SUI
9 QR Argentina ARG
10 QR Hungary HUN
11 QR Sweden SWE
12 QR Uruguay URU
13 QR Austria AUT
14 QR Soviet Union URS
15 QR Finland FIN
16 QR Bulgaria BUL
17 QR Australia AUS
18 QR United States USA
19 QR Japan JPN
20 QR Venezuela VEN
21 QR Guatemala GUA
22 QR India IND