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Cycling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Park Velodrome, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 6, 1956
Date Finished: December 6, 1956

Gold: ITA Leandro Faggin
Silver: TCH Ladislav Fouček
Bronze: RSA Jimmy Swift

Summary

The first rider out was Czechoslovakia’s Ladislav Fouček, who recorded a time of 1:11.4, a time only bettered at the Olympics by Russell Mockridge’s gold medal time of 1:11.1 from 1952. The time held up thru the next 15 riders. But the 17th rider, Leandro Faggin (ITA), broke the Olympic record and went well ahead with 1:09.8. That time was not approached and Faggin and Fouček won gold and silver. Fouček also won a silver medal in Melbourne in the tandem. Faggin added another gold medal as the leader of Italy’s pursuit team. He would turn professional and become World Champion in the individual pursuit in 1963, 1965, and 1966.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Leandro Faggin 23 Italy ITA Gold 1:09.8 OR
2 Ladislav Fouček 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver 1:11.4
3 Jimmy Swift 25 South Africa RSA Bronze 1:11.6
4 Warren Scarfe 19 Australia AUS 1:12.1
5T Alan Danson 23 Great Britain GBR 1:12.3
5T Boris Savostin Soviet Union URS 1:12.3
5T Luis Serra 21 Uruguay URU 1:12.3
8 Warwick Dalton 19 New Zealand NZL 1:12.6
9 Anésio Argenton 25 Brazil BRA 1:12.7
10 Allen Bell 23 United States USA 1:12.8
11 Kurt Schein 25 Austria AUT 1:13.1
12 Tetsuo Osawa 20 Japan JPN 1:13.3
13 Allan Juel Larsen 25 Denmark DEN 1:14.3
14 Hernán Masanés 25 Chile CHI 1:14.7
15 Octavio Echeverry Colombia COL 1:14.8
16 Renzo Colzi 19 France FRA 1:15.1
17 Jimmy Davies Canada CAN 1:15.2
18 Paul Nyman 27 Finland FIN 1:16.1
19T Hylton Mitchell 30 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 1:16.5
19T Evrard Godefroid 24 Belgium BEL 1:16.5
21 Saleem Farooqi 16 Pakistan PAK 1:20.8
22 Nguyễn Văn Nhieu South Vietnam VNM 1:23.6