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Cycling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 21, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: TCH Anton Tkáč
Silver: FRA Daniel Morelon
Bronze: GDR Hans-Jürgen Geschke

Summary

Daniel Morelon (FRA) had been the best sprinter since the mid-60s, winning the 1968 and 1972 gold medals, and seven World Championships. He made it to the finals unbeaten, where he faced the 1974 World Champion, Czechoslovakia’s Anton Tkáč. Tkáč won the first race easily with the fastest sprint time of the competition, 10.78, but Morelon came back to win the second race. In the decider, Tkáč jumped early and opened a five-length lead that Morelon could not overcome. The bronze medal race was won by the GDR’s Hans-Jürgen Geschke, who began a long line of great East German sprinters. He would win the 1977 World Championship while Tkáč would come back in 1978 to win a second world title. Morelon effectively retired after 1976, although he raced briefly in 1977 and won the Grand Prix de Paris. He ended his Olympic career with five medals – four in the sprint and gold in the 1968 tandem. One new feature in 1976 was that the losing quarter-finalists competed in a four-up race to determine the fifth thru eighth placements.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anton Tkáč 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold
2 Daniel Morelon 31 France FRA Silver
3 Hans-Jürgen Geschke 33 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Dieter Berkmann 25 West Germany FRG
5 Serhiy Kravtsov 28 Soviet Union URS
6 Yoshikazu Cho 22 Japan JPN
7 Niels Fredborg 29 Denmark DEN
8 Giorgio Rossi 28 Italy ITA
2 h1 r5/8 Richard Tormen 24 Chile CHI
2 h2 r5/8 Michel Vaarten 19 Belgium BEL
2 h1 r4/8 Julio Echeverry 18 Colombia COL
2 h2 r4/8 Benedykt Kocot 22 Poland POL
2 h3 r4/8 Trevor Gadd 24 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r4/8 Sjaak Pieters 18 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r4/8 Dimo Angelov Tonchev 23 Bulgaria BUL
3 h2 r4/8 Stanley Smith 23 Barbados BAR
3 h3 r4/8 Xavier Mirander 25 Jamaica JAM
3 h4 r4/8 Gordon Singleton 19 Canada CAN
2 h1 r2/8 Taworn Tarwan 28 Thailand THA
2 h2 r2/8 Mikhail Kountras 24 Greece GRE
2 h4 r2/8 Ron Boyle 28 Australia AUS
2 h6 r2/8 Vlado Fumić 20 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h6 r2/8 Patrick Spencer Antigua and Barbuda ANT
AC h3 r2/8 Leslie Rawlins 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO DQ
AC h5 r2/8 Leigh Barczewski 20 United States USA DQ