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Cycling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Horta Velodrome, Barcelona
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: GER Jens Fiedler
Silver: AUS Gary Neiwand
Bronze: CAN Curt Harnett

Summary

The last two World Champions, Bill Huck (1990) and Jens Fiedler (1991), were both from Germany, but only one could compete in Barcelona in this event, and Huck was the odd man out. Fiedler led the qualifying over Australia’s Gary Neiwand with Canadian Curt Harnett third, and eventually those three would mount the podium in the same positions. All three made it to the semis without losing a race. There Fiedler dispatched Italy’s Roberto Chiappa, while Neiwand defeated Harnett in two straight. In the final, Fiedler won the first race by mere centimeters, closing quickly to overtake Neiwand at the line. In the second race, Fiedler dropped from the top of the banking at the beginning of the last lap, but Neiwand overtook him at the line. However, he was disqualified for dangerous riding and Fiedler was the gold medalist. Fiedler would turn professional and had a long, successful pro career. He competed at the Olympics thru 2004, eventually winning five medals. He would defend this title in 1996 and win gold in the team sprint in 2004. At the World Championships he won 13 medals and four titles between 1991 and 2003.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jens Fiedler 22 Germany GER Gold
2 Gary Neiwand 25 Australia AUS Silver
3 Curt Harnett 27 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Roberto Chiappa 18 Italy ITA
5 Ken Carpenter 27 United States USA
6 José Lovito 22 Argentina ARG
7 Nikolay Kovsh 27 Unified Team EUN
8 José Moreno 23 Spain ESP
2 h1 r5/8 Ainārs Ķiksis 20 Latvia LAT
2 h2 r5/8 Frédéric Magné 23 France FRA
2 h3 r5/8 Jon Andrews 25 New Zealand NZL
2 h4 r5/8 Erik Schoefs 25 Belgium BEL
2 h1 r3/8 Jaroslav Jeřábek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
2 h2 r3/8 Rolf Furrer 25 Switzerland SUI
3 h3 r3/8 Keiji Kojima 22 Japan JPN
2 h1 r2/8 Dirk Jan van Hameren 27 Netherlands NED
2 h2 r2/8 Livingstone Alleyne 21 Barbados BAR
2 h3 r2/8 Maxwell Cheeseman 30 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
2 h4 r2/8 Tulus Widodo Kalimanto 26 Indonesia INA
2 h5 r2/8 Andrew Myers 23 Jamaica JAM
2 h6 r2/8 Jhon González 20 Colombia COL
2 h7 r2/8 Sean Bloch 18 South Africa RSA
23 QR Pedro Vaca 31 Bolivia BOL