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Cycling at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Garden City Velodrome, Wilrijk, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 9, 1920
Date Finished: August 9, 1920
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: NED Maurice Peeters
Silver: GBR Thomas Johnson
Bronze: GBR Harry Ryan


The match sprint was the first event contested. In the first round 37 sprinters were only reduced to 24. Three British riders advanced to the semi-finals, with two of them, [Thomas Johnson], and [Harry Ryan], winning their heats to advance to the final where [Maurice Peeters] of The Netherlands joined them. Ryan had actually been runner-up in the world sprint championships when they were last contested in 1913. In the finals, Peeters rode in second place for one lap, but at the bell took the lead. Johnson was gaining on the last turn when Peeters rode him up the bank a bit, forcing him wide. The English protested this action, but it was rejected and Peeters was awarded the championship.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maurice Peeters 37 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Thomas Johnson 33 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Harry Ryan 26 Great Britain GBR Bronze
2 h1 r5/6 George Thursfield 26 South Africa RSA
2 h2 r5/6 Fred Taylor 30 United States USA
2 h3 r5/6 Charles Lanusse 23 France FRA
3 h1 r5/6 Albert White 30 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r5/6 Jerry Halpin 23 Australia AUS
3 h3 r5/6 James Walker South Africa RSA
2 r4/6 Harold Bounsall 22 Canada CAN
3 r4/6 Georges Perrin 28 France FRA
4 r4/6 Henri Bellivier 29 France FRA
2 h1 r3/6 Anthony Young 20 United States USA
2 h2 r3/6 Henry Brask Andersen 23 Denmark DEN
2 h3 r3/6 Léonard Daghelinckx 20 Belgium BEL
2 h4 r3/6 Christopher Dotterweich 24 United States USA
3 h1 r3/6 L'Empereur Belgium BEL
3 h2 r3/6 Georges Paillard 16 France FRA
3 h3 r3/6 Binard Belgium BEL
3 h4 r3/6 John Verhoeven Belgium BEL
4 h1 r3/6 Norman Webster 23 Canada CAN
4 h2 r3/6 Piet Ikelaar 24 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r3/6 Thomas Lance 28 Great Britain GBR
2 h8 r2/6 Franco Giorgetti 17 Italy ITA
3 h1 r1/6 William Taylor Canada CAN
3 h2 r1/6 Pietro Martinelli Italy ITA
3 h3 r1/6 Jack King Australia AUS
3 h4 r1/6 Tjabel Boonstra 20 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/6 Jean Michel Majerus 29 Luxembourg LUX
3 h6 r1/6 Sammy Goosen South Africa RSA
3 h7 r1/6 Vittorio Cavalotti 26 Italy ITA
3 h8 r1/6 Willie Beck 25 United States USA
3 h9 r1/6 Axel Hornemann Hansen 20 Denmark DEN
3 h10 r1/6 Armido Rizzetto 27 Italy ITA
3 h11 r1/6 Bill Smith South Africa RSA
3 h12 r1/6 Frans de Vreng 22 Netherlands NED
4 h8 r1/6 Herb McDonald Canada CAN