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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 22, 2004
Date Finished: August 24, 2004
Format: Qualifying over 3½ laps, or 875 metres. Match races over 3 laps, or 750 metres.

Gold: AUS Ryan Bayley
Silver: NED Theo Bos
Bronze: GER René Wolff

Summary

The event was not held over 1,000 metres, for the first time since 1908, but rather the qualifying was 3½ laps of the track, or 875 metres, and the match races were 3 laps, or 750 metres. The qualifying was led by Ryan Bayley (AUS), who recorded 10.177 to lead Theo Bos (NED), the 2004 World Champion. Bayley’s only serious achievement prior to the Olympics had been the 2001 world title in the keirin, the youngest ever champion in that event (18). Bayley and Bos were unbeaten as they made their way thru the rounds to meet each other in the final. They had met in the semi-finals at the 2004 Worlds, with Bos winning in three races. The Olympic final also went to three races, as Bos won the first race by a few centimeters, Bayley returning the favor in a similar close finish in the second race. In the deciding race, Bayley won decisively to win the gold medal. Bos would return to win the World Championships in 2006-2007, giving Australia it’s first ever sprint title, despite being a notable track cycling nation for ages. Bos is the brother of Jan Bos, a two-time Olympic silver medallist in 1000 m speed skating. He also competed in Athina, forming part of the Dutch team sprint trio.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ryan Bayley 22 Australia AUS Gold
2 Theo Bos 20 Netherlands NED Silver
3 René Wolff 26 Germany GER Bronze
4 Laurent Gané 31 France FRA
5 Ross Edgar 21 Great Britain GBR
6 Barry Forde 27 Barbados BAR
7 Damian Zieliński 22 Poland POL
8 Mickaël Bourgain 24 France FRA
9 José Antonio Villanueva 25 Spain ESP
10 Teun Mulder 23 Netherlands NED
11 Josiah Ng 24 Malaysia MAS
12 Sean Eadie 35 Australia AUS
2 h1 r2/7 Łukasz Kwiatkowski 22 Poland POL
2 h2 r2/7 Kim Chi-Beom 23 South Korea KOR
2 h3 r2/7 Yang Hui-Cheon 21 South Korea KOR
3 h1 r2/7 Stefan Nimke 26 Germany GER
3 h2 r2/7 Alois Kaňkovský 21 Czech Republic CZE
3 h3 r2/7 Jaroslav Jeřábek 33 Slovakia SVK
14 QR Tomohiro Nagatsuka 25 Japan JPN