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Cycling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Cycling Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: September 1, 1972

Gold: NOR Knut Knudsen
Silver: SUI Xaver Kurmann
Bronze: FRG Hans Lutz

Summary

Switzerland’s Xaver Kurmann was favored. He had been bronze medalist in 1968 and was the World Champion in 1969-70. But the leading qualifying time was posted by the surprising Norwegian Knut Knudsen. Only two days before the qualifying, Knudsen had ridden with Norway’s team in the 100 km. team time trial. Knudsen was not well known but was an obvious talent. In both the quarter-final and semi-final, he overtook his opponent, finishing the semi in the fastest time of the competition, 4:45.57. In the final he met Kurmann, who led early. But Knudsen caught Kurmann at the end of the fourth lap, and pulled away to a comfortable victory, having a 6+ second margin at the end. The bronze medal went to the FRG’s Hans Lutz. Knudsen and Lutz would win the next two World Championships – Knudsen in 1973, Lutz in 1974. Knudsen turned professional and twice placed second in the event at the professional Worlds – 1975 and 1977.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Knut Knudsen 21 Norway NOR Gold
2 Xaver Kurmann 23 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Hans Lutz 23 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 John Bylsma 26 Australia AUS
5T Carlos Miguel Álvarez 29 Argentina ARG
5T Luciano Borgognoni 20 Italy ITA
5T Luis Díaz 26 Colombia COL
5T Roy Schuiten 21 Netherlands NED
9 QR Thomas Huschke 24 East Germany GDR
10 QR Ian Hallam 23 Great Britain GBR
11 QR Francisco Huerta 25 Mexico MEX
12 QR John Vande Velde 23 United States USA
13 QR Reno Olsen 25 Denmark DEN
14 QR Mieczysław Nowicki 21 Poland POL
15 QR Ivan Tsvetkov 20 Bulgaria BUL
16 QR Milan Puzrla 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
17 QR Miguel Espinós 25 Spain ESP
18 QR Wilfried Wesemael 22 Belgium BEL
19 QR Raimo Suikkanen 29 Finland FIN
20 QR Michel Zucarelli 18 France FRA
21 QR Roberto Heredero 21 Cuba CUB
22 QR Ron Hayman 17 Canada CAN
23 QR Vernon Stauble 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
24 QR Orlando Bates 22 Barbados BAR
25 QR Khosro Haghgosha 24 Iran IRI
26 QR Michael Lecky 19 Jamaica JAM
27 QR Tarek Abou Al Dahab 32 Lebanon LIB
28 QR Maximo Junta 21 Philippines PHI