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Cycling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Keirin

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Dunc Gray Velodrome, Bass Hill, New South Wales
Date Started: September 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 21, 2000

Gold: FRA Florian Rousseau
Silver: AUS Gary Neiwand
Bronze: GER Jens Fiedler

Summary

This was the Olympic début of keirin but it was considered a popular event at the World Championships. Keirin is one of the most exciting events in cycling because of the speeds. The event is a 2,000 metre paced event, in which the riders ride behind a motorized derny, which increases the potential speeds. The derny paces the riders for about 1,500 metres and then pulls off the track, at which time the cyclists begin a furious sprint to the finish. Keirin racing has traditionally been raced in Japan, where it has been a professional sport for over 20 years, and in which pari-mutuel betting on the riders is permitted.

The last few World Championships had been split among Jens Fiedler (GER), Marty Nothstein (USA), and Frédéric Magné (FRA). All three made it to the final, where they were joined by top sprinters Florian Rousseau (FRA), Gary Neiwand (AUS), and Jan van Eijden (GER). When the derny pulled away, Fiedler jumped the field, but Neiwand took the lead on the last lap, only to be passed by Rousseau for the gold medal just before the line.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Florian Rousseau 26 France FRA Gold
2 Gary Neiwand 34 Australia AUS Silver
3 Jens Fiedler 30 Germany GER Bronze
4 Jan van Eijden 24 Germany GER
5 Marty Nothstein 29 United States USA
6 Frédéric Magné 31 France FRA
4 h1 r3/4 Roberto Chiappa 27 Italy ITA
4 h2 r3/4 David Cabrero 23 Spain ESP
5 h2 r3/4 Pavel Buráň 27 Czech Republic CZE
6 h2 r3/4 Shinichi Ota 24 Japan JPN
AC h1 r3/4 Ainārs Ķiksis 28 Latvia LAT
AC h1 r3/4 Lambros Vasilopoulos 28 Greece GRE
3 h1 r2/4 Grzegorz Krejner 31 Poland POL
3 h2 r2/4 Anthony Peden 29 New Zealand NZL
4 h1 r2/4 Matt Sinton 24 New Zealand NZL
4 h2 r2/4 Eom In-Yeong 29 South Korea KOR
5 h2 r2/4 Chelly Arrue 31 United States USA
AC h1 r2/4 Chris Hoy 24 Great Britain GBR
AC h3 r2/4 Jaroslav Jeřábek 29 Slovakia SVK
AC h3 r2/4 Yuichiro Kamiyama 32 Japan JPN