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Cycling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Agustín Melgar Olympic Velodrome, Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968

Gold: FRA Pierre Trentin
Silver: DEN Niels Fredborg
Bronze: POL Janusz Kierzkowski

Summary

As was common by now, the kilometer time trial started out the track events at the 1968 Olympics. Denmark’s Niels Fredborg had been World Champion in 1967 and 1968 and was favored. Because of the fast track and the altitude, the first 17 finishers broke the previous Olympic record. Gianni Sartori (ITA) was the second man on the line and recorded a time of 1:04.65, only to be followed by Fredborg, who equaled the world record of 1:04.61 held by Sartori, but this would get him only second place. There was then a long gap as Fredborg held the lead until the 24th rider started – Pierre Trentin. The gold went to Trentin, bronze medalist in 1964, and the World Champion in 1966. His time of 1:03.91 was a world record. Trentin would also win a bronze medal in the sprint in Ciudad de México, and would team with Daniel Morelon to win the tandem sprint gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Pierre Trentin 24 France FRA Gold 1:03.91 WR
2 Niels Fredborg 21 Denmark DEN Silver 1:04.61 OR
3 Janusz Kierzkowski 21 Poland POL Bronze 1:04.63
4 Gianni Sartori 21 Italy ITA 1:04.65 OR
5 Roger Gibbon 29 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 1:04.66
6 Leijn Loevesijn 19 Netherlands NED 1:04.84
7 Jocelyn Lovell 18 Canada CAN 1:05.18
8 Serhiy Kravtsov 20 Soviet Union URS 1:05.21
9 José Pittaro 22 Argentina ARG 1:05.57
10T Heinz Richter 21 East Germany GDR 1:05.61
10T Herbert Honz 26 West Germany FRG 1:05.61
12 Jackie Simes 25 United States USA 1:05.67
13 Luis Barrufa 22 Uruguay URU 1:06.27
14 Hilton Clarke 24 Australia AUS 1:06.45
15 Miloš Jelínek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:06.52
16 Brendan McKeown 24 Great Britain GBR 1:06.56
17 Tibor Lendvai 28 Hungary HUN 1:06.65
18 Dirk Baert 19 Belgium BEL 1:07.34
19 Sanji Inoue 20 Japan JPN 1:07.54
20 Edwin Torres 21 Puerto Rico PUR 1:07.65
21 José Mercado 30 Mexico MEX 1:07.97
22 Jupp Ripfel 30 Sweden SWE 1:08.65
23 Raimo Suikkanen 25 Finland FIN 1:08.92
24 Raúl Marcelo Vázquez 20 Cuba CUB 1:08.96
25 Jorge Hernández 20 Colombia COL 1:09.24
26 Kim Gwang-Seon 22 South Korea KOR 1:09.40
27 Kensley Reece 23 Barbados BAR 1:09.90
28 Rolando Guaves 23 Philippines PHI 1:10.02
29 Pakanit Boriharnvanakhet 19 Thailand THA 1:10.66
30 Fan Yue-Tao 18 Chinese Taipei TPE 1:11.13
31 Aubrey Bryce 19 Guyana GUY 1:12.73
32 Tarek Abou Al Dahab 28 Lebanon LIB 1:16.18