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Cycling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Hachioji Velodrome, Hachioji, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964

Gold: TCH Jiří Daler
Silver: ITA Giorgio Ursi
Bronze: DEN Preben Isaksson

Summary

An individual pursuit had been contested at the World Championships since 1946, but this was the Olympic début for the event. Earlier in the year, Dutchman Tiemen Groen had won the World Championship, beating Herman van Loo (BEL) in the final, with Czechoslovakia’s Jiří Daler completing the podium. Van Loo would not get past the qualifying heats, but Groen and Daler would make the semi-finals where they were joined by Italy’s Giorgio Ursi and Denmark’s Preben Isaksson. Groen had had the fastest qualifying time with 4:57.48, but in the first semi, Ursi bettered that mark with 4:56.64 to pull well away from Groen. In the second semi, Daler defeated Isaksson in a closer race. The final was close throughout but Daler, an electrician from Praha, defeated Ursi, the son of an Italian farmer. Isaksson bested Groen for the bronze medal, but Groen would return to win the World Championships again in 1965-66, and was professional world pursuit champion in 1967.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jiří Daler 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold
2 Giorgio Ursi 22 Italy ITA Silver
3 Preben Isaksson 21 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Tiemen Groen 18 Netherlands NED
5T Lucjan Józefowicz 29 Poland POL
5T Stanislav Moskvin 25 Soviet Union URS
5T Hugh Porter 24 Great Britain GBR
5T Lothar Spiegelberg 24 Germany GER
9 r1/4 Herman Van Loo 19 Belgium BEL
10 r1/4 Robert Varga 23 France FRA
11 r1/4 Richard Hine 24 Australia AUS
12 r1/4 Rubén Etchebarne 28 Uruguay URU
13 r1/4 Hiromi Yamafuji 19 Japan JPN
14 r1/4 Martín Rodríguez 22 Colombia COL
15 r1/4 Antonio Duque 24 Mexico MEX
16 r1/4 Skip Cutting 18 United States USA
17 r1/4 Ronald Cassidy 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
18 r1/4 Amar Singh Sokhi 29 India IND
19 r1/4 Khem Son Cambodia CAM
20 r1/4 Smaisuk Krisansuwan 21 Thailand THA
AC r1/4 Chow Kwong Choi 20 Hong Kong HKG overtaken
AC r1/4 Tjow Choon Boon 19 Malaysia MAS overtaken
AC r1/4 Trần Văn Nen 37 South Vietnam VNM overtaken
AC r1/4 Muhammad Ashiq 29 Pakistan PAK overtaken