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Cycling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Cycling Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: POL Poland

Summary

The tandem sprint had been on the Olympic Program since 1906, with the exception of 1912 when no track events were contested. But the event would be eliminated after the München Olympics as it was not that popular. The defending champions were Daniel Morelon and Pierre Trentin of France. But Trentin had retired and Morelon was riding the tandem now with Gérard Quintyn. Unfortunately one month before the Olympics Quintyn crashed and was unable to compete. Trentin was called back to the saddle to support Morelon but their lack of preparation showed in München. They made it to the semi-finals but were soundly beaten in two races by the completely unknown Soviet pair of Vladimir Semenets and Igor Tselovalnikov. The East German World Champions, Hans-Jürgen Geschke and Werner Otto, made it to the final with ease, having not lost a race, and they won the first race in the final sitting up. But the Soviet tandem came back to win the final two races in close matches and won a shocking gold medal. Neither Soviet rider ever placed at the World Championships in any event.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Poland POL Bronze
4 France FRA
5T Belgium BEL
5T West Germany FRG
5T Netherlands NED
5T Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Italy ITA
10 Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r2/5 Jamaica JAM
2 h3 r2/5 United States USA
3 h3 r2/5 Colombia COL
AC h1 r2/5 Japan JPN DNF