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Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Velodrome, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988

Gold: URS Gintautas Umaras
Silver: AUS Dean Woods
Bronze: GDR Bernd Dittert


The two best pursuiters in the world were Soviets [Vyacheslav Yekimov] and [Gintautus Umaras]. They had finished 1-2 at the Worlds in 1985-87, Yekimov winning in 1985-86 and Umaras winning in 1986. Because each nation could have only one competitor in this event, Yekimov was odd man out, leaving Umaras as a heavy favorite without him. But he was not the fastest qualifier, that going to East Germany’s [Bernd Dittert]. In the semi-finals Dittert lost to Australian [Dean Woods], third at the 1986 Worlds, while Umaras easily handled Britain’s [Colin Sturgess]. In the final, Woods started quickly and led thru two kilometers. But Umaras caught him at 2,500 metres and pulled away to a three-second victory. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Yekimov would be allowed to turn professional and he became a top racer in the pro peleton, serving as a domestique for [Lance Armstrong] in several of his Tour de France victories. Yekimov would finally get his Olympic gold medal in 2000, winning the individual road time trial.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gintautas Umaras 25 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Dean Woods 22 Australia AUS Silver
3 Bernd Dittert 27 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Colin Sturgess 19 Great Britain GBR
5 Ryszard Dawidowicz 28 Poland POL
6 Peter Clausen 24 Denmark DEN
7 Gary Anderson 20 New Zealand NZL
8 Ivan Beltrami 19 Italy ITA
2 h1 r1/4 Bruno Risi 20 Switzerland SUI
2 h2 r1/4 Thomas Dürst 21 West Germany FRG
2 h3 r1/4 Jyrki Tujunen 19 Finland FIN
2 h4 r1/4 Gabriel Curuchet 25 Argentina ARG
2 h6 r1/4 David Brinton 21 United States USA
AC h5 r1/4 Roman Čermák 29 Czechoslovakia TCH overtaken
AC h7 r1/4 Miklós Somogyi 26 Hungary HUN overtaken
AC h8 r1/4 Erik Cent 26 Netherlands NED overtaken
17 QR José Antonio Martiarena 20 Spain ESP
18 QR Patrick Matt 19 Liechtenstein LIE
19 QR Park Min-Su 18 South Korea KOR
20 QR Antônio Silvestre 27 Brazil BRA
AC QR Realdo Jessurun 19 Suriname SUR overtaken
AC QR Moustafa Chichi 19 Iran IRI overtaken