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Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Roma
Date Started: August 27, 1960
Date Finished: August 29, 1960

Gold: ITA Italy
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: URS Soviet Union

Summary

The only question in this event was not who would win, but by how much. Italy was a huge favorite, especially racing in front of the Italian tifiosi. They had won six of the last eight gold medals in the team pursuit. In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union led Italy for seven laps, but Italy rode steadily and eventually won going away, with a 40-metre margin, in an Olympic record 4:28.88. In the other semi-final, Germany outrode France with little challenge. The final saw Italy start very poorly as their four riders separated into two groups of two, four lengths apart, on an early lap. Few teams could recover from such a setback but they regrouped. They stayed within three lengths of the Germans for the first half of the race, and then put on the pressure, pulling away in the eighth lap, and eventually won by almost five seconds. The Soviets won a close bronze medal race over the France. Great Britain had won the bronze medal in this event at every Olympics from 1928-56, but this time did not qualify for the quarter-finals. Though this was Italy’s seventh gold medal in this event, of the last nine, it was to be their last one for at least 50 years.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Italy ITA Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 France FRA
5T Argentina ARG
5T Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Denmark DEN
5T Netherlands NED
1 h8 r1/4 Austria AUT
1 h9 r1/4 United States USA
1 h10 r1/4 Uruguay URU
1 h11 r1/4 Spain ESP
2 h1 r1/4 Japan JPN
2 h2 r1/4 Australia AUS
2 h4 r1/4 South Africa RSA
2 h5 r1/4 Great Britain GBR
2 h6 r1/4 Switzerland SUI
2 h8 r1/4 Mexico MEX
2 h10 r1/4 Belgium BEL