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Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Stone Mountain Velodrome, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996

Gold: ITA Andrea Collinelli
Silver: FRA Philippe Ermenault
Bronze: AUS Brad McGee

Summary

The last few World Championships had been traded back-and-forth among Brits Graeme Obree and the 1992 gold medalist, Chris Boardman. But Boardman elected to ride only the road time trial in Atlanta. Obree competed in this event, but placed 12th in qualifying and did not make it to match racing. Qualifying was led by Andrea Collinelli (ITA) with a world record of 4:19.699. He bettered that in the fourth quarter-final, recording 4:19.153 in overtaking the Ukraine’s Andriy Iatsenko. Collinelli made the final, where he outlasted France’s Philippe Ermenault to win the gold medal. Collinelli’s victory was aided by a new style bike, in which he rode with his arms outstretched well over the standard handlebars. It was also used by Italy’s Antonella Bellutti to win the women’s pursuit in Atlanta. The unusual position required by their bike was termed the Superman position because it resembled fictional accounts of the Man of Steel flying. Shortly after the Atlanta Olympics, the position was outlawed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). One month after the Olympics, Collinelli met Boardman at the final of the World Track Championships, Boardman winning as he shattered the world record twice, defeating Collinelli with a time of 4:11.114.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andrea Collinelli 27 Italy ITA Gold
2 Philippe Ermenault 27 France FRA Silver
3 Brad McGee 20 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Aleksey Markov 17 Russia RUS
5 Juan Martínez 34 Spain ESP
6 Heiko Szonn 20 Germany GER
7 Andriy Yatsenko 23 Ukraine UKR
8 Walter Pérez 21 Argentina ARG
9 Kent Bostick 43 United States USA
10 Artūras Kasputis 29 Lithuania LTU
11 Graeme Obree 30 Great Britain GBR
12 Robert Karśnicki 24 Poland POL
13 Gary Anderson 28 New Zealand NZL
14 Vadim Kravchenko 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
15 David George 20 South Africa RSA
16 Phillip Collins 24 Ireland IRL
AC QR Jukka Heinikainen 23 Finland FIN overtaken
AC QR Peter Pieters 34 Netherlands NED overtaken