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Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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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 28, 1996
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: GER Jens Fiedler
Silver: USA Marty Nothstein
Bronze: CAN Curt Harnett

Summary

German Jens Fiedler was the defending champion, but was not favored, having failed to medal at the World Championships since 1992, although he had won the German championship every year since then. The world titles had been spread among four different cyclists since 1992 – Michael Hübner (GER) in 1992, 1992 Olympic silver medalist Gary Neiwand (AUS) in 1993, Marty Nothstein (USA) in 1994, and Australian Darryn Hill in 1995. The bronze medalist from 1992, Curt Harnett (CAN), was also back but like Fiedler, had had few podium finishes since 1992. Neiwand led the qualifiers over Harnett and Nothstein. They made the semi-finals, joined by Fiedler. There Jens Fiedler found his old form and defeated Neiwand in two straight races, as he had in the 1992 Olympic final. Nothstein defeated Harnett in the other semi, also in straights. In the first race of the final, only the photo-finish could separate the riders, the victory going to Fiedler by one centimeter. Fiedler’s second race victory was also very close, as he defended his gold medal. Harnett repeated his bronze medal, winning two straight from Neiwand in the bronze medal match.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jens Fiedler 26 Germany GER Gold
2 Marty Nothstein 25 United States USA Silver
3 Curt Harnett 31 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Gary Neiwand 29 Australia AUS
5 Darryn Hill 21 Australia AUS
6 Frédéric Magné 27 France FRA
7 Eyk Pokorny 26 Germany GER
8 Florian Rousseau 22 France FRA
2 h1 r6/9 Pavel Buráň 23 Czech Republic CZE
2 h2 r6/9 Roberto Chiappa 22 Italy ITA
3 h1 r6/9 Viesturs Bērziņš 22 Latvia LAT
3 h2 r6/9 José Moreno 27 Spain ESP
2 h1 r4/9 Lambros Vasilopoulos 24 Greece GRE
2 h2 r4/9 Georgios Khimonetos 23 Greece GRE
2 h3 r4/9 Martin Hrbáček 25 Slovakia SVK
3 h2 r4/9 Peter Bazálik 21 Slovakia SVK
3 h3 r4/9 José Antonio Escuredo 26 Spain ESP
AC h1 r4/9 William Clay 22 United States USA DQ
2 h1 r2/9 Claus Martínez 20 Bolivia BOL
2 h2 r2/9 Darren McKenzie-Potter 26 New Zealand NZL
2 h3 r2/9 Hyeon Byeong-Cheol 22 South Korea KOR
2 h4 r2/9 Gianluca Capitano 24 Italy ITA
2 h5 r2/9 Jean-Pierre van Zyl 20 South Africa RSA
2 h6 r2/9 Yuichiro Kamiyama 28 Japan JPN