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Men's Points Race

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, California State University at Dominguez Hills, Carson, California
Date Started: July 31, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 1984
Format: Final at 50 km; heats at 30 km.

Gold: BEL Roger Ilegems
Silver: FRG Uwe Messerschmidt
Bronze: MEX Manuel Youshimatz

Summary

This was the Olympic début for the points race on the Olympic schedule, unless one considers a somewhat similar event held only in 1900. The points race consists of a longer-distance track race, contested over 30 km. in the heats and 50 km. in the final in 1984. Points were awarded for sprints every two kilometers, while the final sprint awarded double points. The race placements were given to the riders who finish on the same lap, with the most points determining placements. A lapped rider could not gain points in any sprint. World championships had been contested in the points race since 1977. The 1983 World Champion was Denmark’s Michael Markussen, and he had also been on the podium at the 1981-82 World Championships, both won by East German riders. Forty-three riders started the first round, with the final consisting of 24 starters. Only two riders finished the final without being lapped – Roger Ilegems of Belgium and Uwe Messerschmidt (FRG). It was an easy gold medal for Ilegems with 37 points to 15 for Messerschmidt. Marcussen was lapped twice and placed ninth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Roger Ilegems 21 Belgium BEL Gold
2 Uwe Messerschmidt 22 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Manuel Youshimatz 22 Mexico MEX Bronze
4 Jörg Müller 23 Switzerland SUI
5 Juan Esteban Curuchet 19 Argentina ARG
6 Glenn Clarke 21 Australia AUS
7 Brian Fowler 21 New Zealand NZL
8 Derk van Egmond 27 Netherlands NED
9 Michael Markussen 29 Denmark DEN
10 Alex Stieda 23 Canada CAN
11 Rudi Ceyssens 22 Belgium BEL
12 Didier Garcia 20 France FRA
13 Balbino Jaramillo 33 Colombia COL
14 Stefano Allocchio 22 Italy ITA
15 William Palacios 20 Colombia COL
16 Silvio Martinello 21 Italy ITA
17 Brian Holm Sørensen 21 Denmark DEN
18 Gary Trevisiol 24 Canada CAN
19 Manfred Donike 24 West Germany FRG
20 Juan Carlos Haedo 36 Argentina ARG
21 Shaun Wallace 22 Great Britain GBR
22 Paul Curran 23 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Éric Louvel 22 France FRA DNF
AC r2/2 Stephan Joho 20 Switzerland SUI DNF
13 h1 r1/2 Kurt Zellhofer 26 Austria AUT
13 h2 r1/2 Graeme Miller 23 New Zealand NZL
14 h1 r1/2 Hans Fischer 23 Brazil BRA
14 h2 r1/2 Mark Whitehead 23 United States USA
15 h2 r1/2 Akio Kuwazawa 25 Japan JPN
15T h1 r1/2 Hitoshi Sato 21 Japan JPN
15T h1 r1/2 Danny Van Haute 27 United States USA
16T h2 r1/2 Miguel Droguett 23 Chile CHI
16T h2 r1/2 Carlos García 19 Uruguay URU
17 h1 r1/2 Peter Aldridge 23 Jamaica JAM
18 h2 r1/2 Gary West 24 Australia AUS
18T h1 r1/2 Deograves Asuncion 28 Philippines PHI
18T h1 r1/2 Roberto Muñoz 28 Chile CHI
19T h2 r1/2 Paul Popp 21 Austria AUT
19T h2 r1/2 Edgardo Pagarigan 26 Philippines PHI
21 h2 r1/2 Aubrey Richmond 26 Guyana GUY
AC h2 r1/2 Elisha Hughes 25 Antigua and Barbuda ANT DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Ernest Moodie 25 Cayman Islands CAY DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Ian Stanley 21 Jamaica JAM DNF