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Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan Velodrome, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: GBR Bradley Wiggins
Silver: NZL Hayden Roulston
Bronze: GBR Steven Burke

Summary

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins was the defending champion and had won the 2007-08 World Championships, stamping him as the favorite. Wiggins qualified with almost a four-second margin over second placed Hayden Roulston of New Zealand. In the first round, Wiggins and Roulston had the fastest times and met again in the final. The final was close, with Roulston and Wiggins all but tied thru 2,500 metres. But Wiggins had too much strength and pulled ahead to win by over two seconds. Britain continued its track dominance when their other rider, Steven Burke, came from behind against Russian Aleksey Markov to win the bronze medal. Burke had been taken to Beijing only as a reserve but improved his personal best down from 4:31 to 4:20 during training for the Games.

One big story of the pursuit was the seventh-place finisher, Taylor Phinney of the United States. Phinney was only 18 and had been World Junior Champion in 2007 in the road time trial, but was in his first year of racing at the senior international level. However, he had the pedigree as the son of Davis Phinney, bronze medalist in the 1984 team time trial and a winner of two stages at the Tour de France, and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, winner of the first women’s Olympic road race in 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bradley Wiggins 28 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Hayden Roulston 27 New Zealand NZL Silver
3 Steven Burke 20 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Aleksey Markov 29 Russia RUS
5 Volodymyr Diudia 25 Ukraine UKR
6 Toni Tauler 34 Spain ESP
7 Taylor Phinney 18 United States USA
8 Aleksandr Serov 25 Russia RUS
9 Brad McGee 32 Australia AUS
10 Sergi Escobar 33 Spain ESP
11 David O'Loughlin 30 Ireland IRL
12 Brett Lancaster 28 Australia AUS
13 Jens Mouris 28 Netherlands NED
14 Vitaliy Popkov 25 Ukraine UKR
15 Fabien Sanchez 25 France FRA
16 Carlos Alzate 25 Colombia COL
17 Alexandr Pliuschin 21 Moldova MDA
18 Jenning Huizenga 24 Netherlands NED