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Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Horta Velodrome, Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 1992
Format: Final determined 1st and 2nd places. Faster losing semi-finalist placed 3rd. Slower losing semi-finalist placed 4th. Places 5-8 from losing Group A matches, if the loser finished the race, time to determine places. If the loser was overtaken, then the fastest winners from Group B were placed ahead of the non-finishers. Places 13-16 determined by the times of the losing Group B cyclists.

Gold: GBR Chris Boardman
Silver: GER Jens Lehmann
Bronze: NZL Gary Anderson

Summary

The 1991 World Champion had been East German Jens Lehmann, who was now representing Germany. In qualifying he broke the world record with 4:30.054, but was overwhelmed by the qualifying leader, Chris Boardman of Great Britain, whose time of 4:27.357 stunned the competitors, officials, and spectators. Boardman did this on a revolutionary bike that was made of a carbon-composite frame all molded from a single piece. It did not have the standard central triangular frame, but had special disc wheels and the by-now standard triathlon-type handlbars. On the bike, Boardman proved exceptionally fast. In the first round, Boardman dispatched even his qualifying world record, breaking the timer in 4:24.496 after overtaking Denmark’s Jan Bo Petersen. In the final, Lehmann had his chance against Boardman, but the Brit proved his superiority. For the first time in Olympic history, the final was ended by a capture, as Boardman overtook Lehmann with a lap to go, an unheard of dominance at this level of competition. Boardman turned professional and won the prologue at the 1994 Tour de France. He was also professional pursuit World Champion in 1994 and 1996. He and his countryman, Graeme Obree, who had designed an even more revolutionary bike, spent the early 90s trading the world hour record back and forth. Eventually, the Union Cycliste International (UCI) stepped in and decreed that such records had to be set on more traditional bikes, and the record reverted to the 1972 mark set by Belgium’s Eddy Merckx. Lehmann would also turn professional and compete as a top sprinter in the pro peleton, and won the 2000 professonal pursuit World Championship.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chris Boardman 23 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Jens Lehmann 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Gary Anderson 24 New Zealand NZL Bronze
4 Mark Kingsland 22 Australia AUS
5 Philippe Ermenault 23 France FRA
6 Cédric Mathy 22 Belgium BEL
7 Adolfo Alperi 21 Spain ESP
8 Ivan Beltrami 23 Italy ITA
9 Servais Knaven 21 Netherlands NED
10 Jan Bo Petersen 21 Denmark DEN
11 Oleksandr Honchenkov 22 Unified Team EUN
12 Carl Sundquist 30 United States USA
13 Robert Karśnicki 20 Poland POL
14 Michal Baldrián 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
15 Masamitsu Ehara 23 Japan JPN
16 Michael Belcourt 27 Canada CAN
17 QR Viktor Kunz 24 Switzerland SUI
18 QR Georgios Portelanos 25 Greece GRE
19 QR Patrick Matt 23 Liechtenstein LIE
20 QR Alberny Vargas 23 Colombia COL
21 QR Tony Ledgard 20 Peru PER
22 QR Murugayan Kumaresan 25 Malaysia MAS
23 QR Weng Yu-Yi 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
24 QR Manuel García 28 Guam GUM
25 QR Mehrdad Afsharian Tarshiz 37 Iran IRI
AC QR Hernán López 19 Argentina ARG overtaken
AC QR Steffen Kjærgaard 19 Norway NOR overtaken
AC QR Malcolm Lange 18 South Africa RSA overtaken
AC QR Robert Peters 21 Antigua and Barbuda ANT overtaken