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Cycling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Hachioji Velodrome, Hachioji, Tokyo
Date Started: October 17, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: ITA Giovanni Pettenella
Silver: ITA Sergio Bianchetto
Bronze: FRA Daniel Morelon


Thirty-nine riders started the first round of the match sprint, representing 22 nations. France’s [Pierre Trentin] was favored, having won the World Championship earlier in the year in Paris, after placing third in the event in 1962-63. At the 1964 Worlds, Trentin had defeated his teammate, [Daniel Morelon], in the final, with third-place going to Italy’s [Sergio Bianchetto] (ITA), who had won Olympic gold in 1960 in the tandem. Those three made the semi-finals, where they were joined by the surprising Italian, [Giovanni Pettenella]. Little known before the Tokyo Olympics, he had already earned a silver medal in the kilometer, behind Belgium’s [Patrick Sercu]. Sercu, the 1963 World Sprint Champion, competed in this event as well, but was defeated in two straight races in the quarters by Pettenella.

The first semi matched Trentin and Pettenella. Trentin won the first race, and looked to have won the second but was disqualified for interference. Pettenella won the rubber match to advance to the final. The other semi also went three races, with Bianchetto edging Morelon in the final race. The final was not close. Pettenella won comfortably, easing up in both races. Morelon won the bronze medal, after losing the first race to Trentin, by sweeping the final two races. It was the first of four consecutive medals that Morelon would win in this event, including two gold medals in 1968 and 1972. Pettenella was a true shooting star, with few palmares before or after the Tokyo Olympics. As a professional his only podium finish in the World Championships came in 1968, when he placed third in the sprint.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Giovanni Pettenella 21 Italy ITA Gold
2 Sergio Bianchetto 25 Italy ITA Silver
3 Daniel Morelon 20 France FRA Bronze
4 Pierre Trentin 20 France FRA
5T Willi Fuggerer 23 Germany GER
5T Patrick Sercu 20 Belgium BEL
5T Mario Vanegas 25 Colombia COL
5T Zbysław Zając 31 Poland POL
2 h1 r6/9 Valery Khitrov 23 Soviet Union URS
2 h2 r6/9 Omar Pkhak'adze 20 Soviet Union URS
2 h1 r5/9 Karl Barton 27 Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r5/9 Ulrich Schillinger 19 Germany GER
2 h3 r5/9 Thomas Harrison 22 Australia AUS
2 h4 r5/9 Ivan Kučírek 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h2 r5/9 Niels Fredborg 17 Denmark DEN
3 h3 r5/9 Katsuhiko Sato 21 Japan JPN
3 h4 r5/9 Peder Pedersen 18 Denmark DEN
AC h1 r5/9 Roger Gibbon 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO DNF
2 h1 r3/9 Oscar García 23 Argentina ARG
2 h2 r3/9 Tan Thol 23 Cambodia CAM
2 h3 r3/9 Piet van der Touw 23 Netherlands NED
2 h4 r3/9 Aad de Graaf 24 Netherlands NED
2 h5 r3/9 Gordon Johnson 18 Australia AUS
2 h1 r2/9 Fitzroy Hoyte 24 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
2 h2 r2/9 Tsuyoshi Kawachi 19 Japan JPN
2 h3 r2/9 Nguyễn Văn Châu 24 South Vietnam VNM
2 h4 r2/9 Richárd Bicskey 28 Hungary HUN
2 h5 r2/9 Alan Grieco 18 United States USA
2 h6 r2/9 Jackie Simes 21 United States USA
2 h7 r2/9 Muhammad Hafeez 21 Pakistan PAK
2 h8 r2/9 Suchha Singh 31 India IND
2 h9 r2/9 Eduardo Bustos 27 Colombia COL
2 h10 r2/9 Ferenc Habony 19 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r2/9 José Luis Tellez 26 Mexico MEX
3 h2 r2/9 Tim Phivana 24 Cambodia CAM
3 h3 r2/9 Amar Singh Billing 20 India IND
3 h4 r2/9 Christopher Church 24 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r2/9 José Mercado 26 Mexico MEX
AC h6 r1/9 Carlos Alberto Vázquez 30 Argentina ARG DNF