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Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan Velodrome, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008
Format: Qualifying over 3½ laps, or 875 metres. Match races over 3 laps, or 750 metres.

Gold: GBR Chris Hoy
Silver: GBR Jason Kenny
Bronze: FRA Mickaël Bourgain

Summary

As in 2004, the event was not held over 1,000 metres, but rather the qualifying was 3½ laps of the track, or 875 metres, and the match races were 3 laps, or 750 metres. The event was expected to be contested between Chris Hoy of Great Britain and Theo Bos of the Netherlands. Hoy, nicknamed as "The Real McHoy" and “The Flying Scotsman,” was the 2008 World Champion and had already won gold medals in Beijing in the keirin and team sprint. He was somewhat new to the event, coming from the kilo time trial. Bos had been World Champion in 2004 (and Olympic silver medalist), 2006, and 2007, but had disappointed at the 2008 Worlds. Hoy set an Olympic record in qualifying with 9.815 on the fast Beijing track. His teammate, Jason Kenny, placed second with 9.857, while Bos trailed back in ninth place. Hoy and Kenny went thru to the semis, but Bos lost his quarter-final in straight races to France’s Mickael Bourgain. Bourgain had no chance in the semi against Hoy, who recorded 10.260 in the first race of the semi, a very fast time in match racing. The final came down to Hoy against Kenny, with Hoy winning easily in two races. Kenny was a surprise as he was young and was being groomed with an eye towards 2012. Bourgain won the bronze medal by defeating Germany’s Max Levy in the belle race – the deciding race of three.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chris Hoy 32 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Jason Kenny 20 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Mickaël Bourgain 28 France FRA Bronze
4 Maximilian Levy 21 Germany GER
5 Kévin Sireau 21 France FRA
6 Teun Mulder 27 Netherlands NED
7 Theo Bos 24 Netherlands NED
8 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang 20 Malaysia MAS
9 Stefan Nimke 30 Germany GER
10 Roberto Chiappa 34 Italy ITA
11 Ryan Bayley 26 Australia AUS
12 Kazunari Watanabe 24 Japan JPN
13 Mark French 23 Australia AUS
14 Tsubasa Kitatsuru 23 Japan JPN
15 Michael Blatchford 22 United States USA
16 Zhang Lei 27 China CHN
17 Łukasz Kwiatkowski 26 Poland POL
18 Denis Dmitriyev 22 Russia RUS
19 Adam Ptáčník 22 Czech Republic CZE
20 Vasileios Reppas 19 Greece GRE
21 Daniel Novikov 19 Estonia EST