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Cycling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 20, 1976

Gold: GDR Klaus-Jürgen Grünke
Silver: BEL Michel Vaarten
Bronze: DEN Niels Fredborg

Summary

The early leader was Belgium’s 18-year-old national champion Michel Vaarten. When defending champion Niels Fredborg (DEN) came in slower, his chances for a medal seemed good. But the last two World Champions, Klaus-Jürgen Grünke (GDR-1975) and Eduard Rapp (URS-1974), were late starters and Vaarten had a long wait. Rapp was first to start among the favorites. When he started he thought he had taken off before the gun and sat up, thinking he would be given a re-start. But the officials ruled his start to be legal, and he was disqualified. Grünke started somewhat slowly, his early splits trailing those of Vaarten, but he was much stronger over the last half of the race, and won the gold medal by almost 1.6 seconds. Vaarten held on for the silver medal, with Fredborg completing his medal set in this event, adding bronze to his 1972 gold and 1968 silver. As a pro, Vaarten later placed second in the points race at the 1986 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Klaus-Jürgen Grünke 25 East Germany GDR Gold 1:05.927
2 Michel Vaarten 19 Belgium BEL Silver 1:07.516
3 Niels Fredborg 29 Denmark DEN Bronze 1:07.617
4 Janusz Kierzkowski 29 Poland POL 1:07.660
5 Eric Vermeulen 22 France FRA 1:07.846
6 Hans Michalsky 27 West Germany FRG 1:07.878
7 Harald Bundli 23 Norway NOR 1:08.093
8 Walter Bäni 19 Switzerland SUI 1:08.112
9 Miroslav Vymazal 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:08.173
10 Massimo Marino 22 Italy ITA 1:08.488
11 David Weller 19 Jamaica JAM 1:08.534
12 Stephen Goodall 19 Australia AUS 1:08.610
13 Jocelyn Lovell 25 Canada CAN 1:08.852
14 Dimo Angelov Tonchev 23 Bulgaria BUL 1:08.950
15 Robert Vehe 22 United States USA 1:09.057
16 Richard Tormen 24 Chile CHI 1:09.468
17 Yoshikazu Cho 22 Japan JPN 1:09.664
18 Hector Edwards 27 Barbados BAR 1:10.084
19 Paul Medhurst 22 Great Britain GBR 1:10.167
20 Anthony Sellier 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 1:11.103
21 Mikhail Kountras 24 Greece GRE 1:11.435
22 Miguel Margalef 20 Uruguay URU 1:11.905
23 Erol Küçükbakırcı 24 Turkey TUR 1:12.697
24 Vlado Fumić 20 Yugoslavia YUG 1:13.037
25 Masoud Mobaraki 23 Iran IRI 1:14.169
26 Marco Soria 23 Bolivia BOL 1:14.480
27 Taworn Tarwan 28 Thailand THA 1:15.136
28 Chan Fai Lui 21 Hong Kong HKG 1:16.957
AC Donald Christian 17 Antigua and Barbuda ANT DNF
AC Eduard Rapp 25 Soviet Union URS DQ