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Cycling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Velodrome, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988

Gold: URS Gintautas Umaras
Silver: AUS Dean Woods
Bronze: GDR Bernd Dittert


The two best pursuiters in the world were Soviets [Vyacheslav Yekimov] and [Gintautus Umaras]. They had finished 1-2 at the Worlds in 1985-87, Yekimov winning in 1985-86 and Umaras winning in 1986. Because each nation could have only one competitor in this event, Yekimov was odd man out, leaving Umaras as a heavy favorite without him. But he was not the fastest qualifier, that going to East Germany’s [Bernd Dittert]. In the semi-finals Dittert lost to Australian [Dean Woods], third at the 1986 Worlds, while Umaras easily handled Britain’s [Colin Sturgess]. In the final, Woods started quickly and led thru two kilometers. But Umaras caught him at 2,500 metres and pulled away to a three-second victory. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Yekimov would be allowed to turn professional and he became a top racer in the pro peleton, serving as a domestique for [Lance Armstrong] in several of his Tour de France victories. Yekimov would finally get his Olympic gold medal in 2000, winning the individual road time trial.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gintautas Umaras 25 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Dean Woods 22 Australia AUS Silver
3 Bernd Dittert 27 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Colin Sturgess 19 Great Britain GBR
5 Ryszard Dawidowicz 28 Poland POL
6 Peter Clausen 24 Denmark DEN
7 Gary Anderson 20 New Zealand NZL
8 Ivan Beltrami 19 Italy ITA
2 h1 r1/4 Bruno Risi 20 Switzerland SUI
2 h2 r1/4 Thomas Dürst 21 West Germany FRG
2 h3 r1/4 Jyrki Tujunen 19 Finland FIN
2 h4 r1/4 Gabriel Curuchet 25 Argentina ARG
2 h6 r1/4 David Brinton 21 United States USA
AC h5 r1/4 Roman Čermák 29 Czechoslovakia TCH overtaken
AC h7 r1/4 Miklós Somogyi 26 Hungary HUN overtaken
AC h8 r1/4 Erik Cent 26 Netherlands NED overtaken
17 QR José Antonio Martiarena 20 Spain ESP
18 QR Patrick Matt 19 Liechtenstein LIE
19 QR Park Min-Su 18 South Korea KOR
20 QR Antônio Silvestre 27 Brazil BRA
AC QR Realdo Jessurun 19 Suriname SUR overtaken
AC QR Moustafa Chichi 19 Iran IRI overtaken