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Cycling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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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 18, 1968

Gold: FRA Daniel Rébillard
Silver: DEN Mogens Frey Jensen
Bronze: SUI Xaver Kurmann

Summary

The 1968 World Champion was Denmark’s Mogens Frey Jensen. But the story of the individual pursuit in Mexico was the times that were recorded. The fast track and altitude enabled the riders to obliterate the Olympic records. In the qualifying, the first nine riders bettered the listed world record of 4:45.94 – set by 1964 champion Jiří Daler, and 21 riders finished faster than the Olympic record. Xaver Kurmann (SUI), 1968 World runner-up, led the qualifying with a world record 4:40:41. But that was bettered in the third quarter-final by France’s Daniel Rebillard, who recorded 4:39.87. In the final quarter-final, Frey Jensen bettered that with 4:37.54 to defeat Italy’s Cipriano Chemello, who was considered a major contender. Rebillard and Frey Jensen met in the final, with Rebillard winning an upset gold. He had only come to Mexico as a member of the French team pursuit squad, but his performances were so strong in pre-Olympic trials that he was chosen to ride the individual pursuit as well.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Daniel Rébillard 19 France FRA Gold
2 Mogens Frey Jensen 27 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Xaver Kurmann 20 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 John Bylsma 22 Australia AUS
5T Cipriano Chemello 23 Italy ITA
5T Paul Crapez 21 Belgium BEL
5T Rupert Kratzer 23 West Germany FRG
5T Radamés Treviño 22 Mexico MEX
9 Martín Rodríguez 26 Colombia COL
10 Rajmund Zieliński 28 Poland POL
11 QR Knut Knudsen 18 Norway NOR
12 QR Juan Alberto Merlos 23 Argentina ARG
13 QR Daniel Yuste 23 Spain ESP
14 QR Jiří Daler 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
15 QR Ian Hallam 19 Great Britain GBR
16 QR Ole Wackström 36 Finland FIN
17 QR Gösta Pettersson 27 Sweden SWE
18 QR David Brink 20 United States USA
19 QR Vernon Stauble 18 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
20 QR Benjamin Evangelista 19 Philippines PHI
21 QR Tarek Abou Al Dahab 28 Lebanon LIB
22 QR Colin Forde 19 Barbados BAR
AC QR Inocente Lizano 27 Cuba CUB overtaken
AC QR Fedor den Hertog 22 Netherlands NED overtaken
AC QR Emil Rusu 21 Romania ROU overtaken
AC QR Gwon Jung-Hyeon 26 South Korea KOR overtaken
AC QR Pakanit Boriharnvanakhet 19 Thailand THA overtaken
AC QR Denfield McNab 25 Belize BIZ overtaken