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Cycling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Dunc Gray Velodrome, Bass Hill, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 17, 2000

Gold: GER Robert Bartko
Silver: GER Jens Lehmann
Bronze: AUS Brad McGee

Summary

The format was changed from previous years. A qualifying round of 17 starters advanced only four riders to semi-final match racing, with other placements being determined by the qualifying time. The qualifying was led by 1999 World Champion Robert Bartko (GER), followed by the other advancing riders: Rob Hayles (GBR), Jens Lehmann (GER), and Bradley McGee (AUS). Bartko defeated McGee in the semis in a close race, while Lehmann easily advanced to the final against Hayles. In the final, Lehmann led early, but Bartko took over after the halfway mark, and won by just over a second, setting an Olympic record in the final, bettering the mark he had made in qualifying. Lehmann won the World Championships shortly after the Olympics, but Bartko did not compete. Bartko was World Champion again in 2005-2006, while Bradley McGee won the world title in 2002. He was hampered in Sydney because he had broken his collarbone only 10 days before the Olympics, but recovered after surgery in which the bone was stabilized with a plate and screws.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robert Bartko 24 Germany GER Gold
2 Jens Lehmann 32 Germany GER Silver
3 Brad McGee 24 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Rob Hayles 27 Great Britain GBR
5 Philippe Gaumont 27 France FRA
6 Oleksandr Symonenko 26 Ukraine UKR
7 Serhiy Matvieiev 25 Ukraine UKR
8 Walter Pérez 25 Argentina ARG
9 Luke Roberts 23 Australia AUS
10 Mariano Friedick 25 United States USA
11 Vladimir Karpets 19 Russia RUS
12 Christian Vande Velde 24 United States USA
13 Aleksey Markov 21 Russia RUS
14 Gary Anderson 32 New Zealand NZL
15 Franco Marvulli 21 Switzerland SUI
16 Toni Tauler 26 Spain ESP
17 Vadim Kravchenko 31 Kazakhstan KAZ