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Cycling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 22, 1976

Gold: FRG Gregor Braun
Silver: NED Herman Ponsteen
Bronze: GDR Thomas Huschke

Summary

At the 1975 World Championships, Thomas Huschke (GDR) had defeated Soviet Vladimir Osokin in the final. In the Montréal qualifying, Osokin had the fastest time, followed by Huschke. For the first time in this event at the Olympics, 16 riders advanced to the match racing. Osokin and Huschke made it thru to the semis easily, where they were joined by West Germany’s 20-year-old phenom, Gregor Braun and the Netherlands’ Herman Ponsteen. Braun faced Osokin in the first semi and there was almost nothing to choose between them throughout the race, but the youthful German prevailed by 0.17 seconds. In the other semi, Ponsteen outrode Huschke quite easily to advance to the final. The final was close for eight laps, but Braun was too strong in the second half of the race and won the gold medal with a 2+ second margin. Braun turned professional shortly after the 1976 Olympics and won the professional world title in 1977 and 1978. He competed as a professional thru 1989.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gregor Braun 20 West Germany FRG Gold
2 Herman Ponsteen 23 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Thomas Huschke 28 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Vladimir Osokin 22 Soviet Union URS
5 Orfeo Pizzoferrato 25 Italy ITA
6 Garry Sutton 20 Australia AUS
7 Jan Georg Iversen 20 Norway NOR
8 Michal Klasa 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Mike Richards 17 New Zealand NZL
10 Jan Jankiewicz 20 Poland POL
11 Jean-Jacques Rebière 23 France FRA
12 Jean-Louis Baugnies 19 Belgium BEL
13 Harry Hannus 26 Finland FIN
14 Robert Dill-Bundi 17 Switzerland SUI
15 Yoichi Machishima 21 Japan JPN
16 Gábor Szűcs 19 Hungary HUN
17 QR Raúl Marcelo Vázquez 28 Cuba CUB
18 QR Fernando Vera 22 Chile CHI
19 QR Leonard Harvey Nitz 19 United States USA
20 QR Ian Hallam 27 Great Britain GBR
21 QR Washington Díaz 21 Uruguay URU
22 QR Bojan Ropret 23 Yugoslavia YUG
23 QR Erol Küçükbakırcı 24 Turkey TUR
24 QR Tang Kam Man 21 Hong Kong HKG
AC QR Gholam Hossein Koohi 25 Iran IRI overtaken
AC QR José Jaime Galeano 30 Colombia COL overtaken
AC QR Donald Christian 17 Antigua and Barbuda ANT DNF