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Cycling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 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 20, 1968
Date Finished: October 21, 1968

Gold: FRA France
Silver: NED Netherlands
Bronze: BEL Belgium

Summary

The two best sprinters in the world were considered to be France’s Daniel Morelon and Pierre Trentin. They had been World Champions in 1966 and were favored to win the tandem gold. They did so with ease, winning all seven races. Their straight race final victory was over the Dutch team of Jan Jansen and Leijn Loevesijn. Although outstanding as individual sprinters, this was the final major championship they would win as a tandem. Jan Jansen was not related to the Jan Janssen who competed for the Netherlands in the 1960 Olympic road race and who, in 1968, won the Tour de France.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 France FRA Gold
2 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Belgium BEL Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5T West Germany FRG
5T East Germany GDR
5T Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Soviet Union URS
9 Hungary HUN
10 Australia AUS
2 h1 r2/5 Cuba CUB
2 h2 r2/5 Denmark DEN
2 h3 r2/5 United States USA
3 h1 r2/5 Mexico MEX