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Cycling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Velodrome, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 21, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: GDR Lutz Heßlich
Silver: URS Nikolay Kovsh
Bronze: AUS Gary Neiwand


In 1985-87, all three medalists at the World Championships had been from East Germany. [Lutz Heßlich], gold medalist in the 1980 sprint, was World Champion in 1985 and 1987 and runner-up in 1986. With only starter allowed per nation, Heßlich was chosen to represent East Germany. His victory was an easy one, given that his strongest competitors – his teammates – could not compete. Heßlich had the fastest qualifying time over 200 metres and then won eight consecutive races to win the gold medal. Without the 1984 Soviet-led boycott, this would likely have been a third consecutive gold medal for Heßlich.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lutz Heßlich 29 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Nikolay Kovsh 23 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Gary Neiwand 22 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Eddie Alexander 24 Great Britain GBR
5 Vratislav Å ustr 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Erik Schoefs 21 Belgium BEL
7 Frank Weber 25 West Germany FRG
8 Maxwell Cheeseman 26 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
2 h1 r4/7 Andrea Faccini 22 Italy ITA
2 h2 r4/7 Curt Harnett 23 Canada CAN
2 h3 r4/7 Fabrice Colas 24 France FRA
2 h4 r4/7 Hideki Miwa 19 Japan JPN
2 h1 r2/7 Gustavo Faris 26 Argentina ARG
2 h2 r2/7 Nelson Mario Pons 20 Ecuador ECU
2 h3 r2/7 Lee Fu-Hsiang 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
2 h4 r2/7 Ken Carpenter 23 United States USA
3 h1 r2/7 Eom Yeong-Seop 24 South Korea KOR
3 h2 r2/7 Bailón Becerra 22 Bolivia BOL
3 h3 r2/7 Paul Réneau 27 Belize BIZ
3 h4 r2/7 Rosman Alwi 26 Malaysia MAS
4 h1 r2/7 José Moreno 19 Spain ESP
4 h2 r2/7 Colin Abrams 32 Guyana GUY
4 h3 r2/7 Michele Smith 18 Cayman Islands CAY
4 h4 r2/7 Vincent Lynch 19 Barbados BAR
25 QR Ira Fabian 24 Antigua and Barbuda ANT