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Cycling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Krylatskoye Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980

Gold: SUI Robert Dill-Bundi
Silver: FRA Alain Bondue
Bronze: DEN Hans-Henrik Ørsted

Summary

There were only 14 starters, with a qualifying round advancing eight riders to the quarter-finals. The event was completely open as most of the recent podium finishers at the Worlds were not present in Moskva. In the semi-finals Robert Dill-Bundi of Switzerland defeated Denmark’s Hans-Henrik Ørsted in a world record time of 4:32.29. Dill-Bundi then defeated France’s Alain Bondue in the final to win the gold medal. Ørsted won the bronze medal race. All three medalists turned professional before the end of the year. Ørsted placed third in the pursuit at the World Pro Championships later in 1980. Bondue was World Champion in 1981 and 1982, while Dill-Bundi placed second in the pro pursuit worlds in 1983. But it was Ørsted who had the best record as a pro. He won the World Championship in 1984, 1985, and 1987, and was on the podium in the event every year from 1980-1987.

The medal ceremony was a very unusual sight. Dill-Bundi, Bondue and Ørsted were all from nations that were protesting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, not by boycotting, but by refusing to have their national flags at the 1980 Olympics. Thus all 3 nations were represented by the Olympic Flag, and 3 Olympic Flags were raised on the 3 flagpoles to represent the 3 medalists.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robert Dill-Bundi 21 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Alain Bondue 21 France FRA Silver
3 Hans-Henrik Ørsted 25 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Harald Wolf 24 East Germany GDR
5 Vladimir Osokin 26 Soviet Union URS
6 Sean Yates 20 Great Britain GBR
7 Pierangelo Bincoletto 21 Italy ITA
8 Martin Penc 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Kelvin Poole 22 Australia AUS
10 Joseph Smeets 20 Belgium BEL
11 Sixten Wackström 19 Finland FIN
12 Zbigniew Woźnicki 22 Poland POL
13 Antônio Silvestre 19 Brazil BRA
14 Jhon Jarrín 18 Ecuador ECU