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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004

Gold: GBR Bradley Wiggins
Silver: AUS Brad McGee
Bronze: ESP Sergi Escobar

Summary

The competition format of the individual pursuit had changed since the last Olympics, dropping the semi-finals, a change which had also been made recent World Championships. The 17 starters rode a qualifying round against the clock, with the eight fastest finishers advancing to an elimination round of four heats. The two fastest winners in the elimination round competed in a gold medal race, while the two slowest winners in the elimination round competed in a bronze medal race. Places 5-8 were determined by the times of the losing riders in the elimination round. The last three World Champions had been Bradley McGee (AUS-2002), Bradley Wiggins (GBR-2003), and Sergi Escobar (ESP-2004). They all made it thru qualifying and were three of the winners of the elimination round, joined in the medal matches by Rob Hayles (GBR), fourth at the 2000 Olympics. The gold medal race matched the Bradleys, McGee against Wiggins, with Wiggins winning by over four seconds. In the bronze medal race, Escobar relegated Hayles to a second consecutive, disconcerting fourth-place finish.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bradley Wiggins 24 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Brad McGee 28 Australia AUS Silver
3 Sergi Escobar 29 Spain ESP Bronze
4 Rob Hayles 31 Great Britain GBR
5 Luke Roberts 27 Australia AUS
6 Fabien Sanchez 21 France FRA
7 Volodymyr Diudia 21 Ukraine UKR
8 Robert Bartko 28 Germany GER
9 Linas Balčiūnas 26 Lithuania LTU
10 Aleksey Markov 25 Russia RUS
11 Christian Lademann 28 Germany GER
12 Carlos Castaño 25 Spain ESP
13 Vasily Kiriyenko 23 Belarus BLR
14 Yury Yuda 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
15 Hossein Askari 29 Iran IRI