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Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Velodrome, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: AUS Australia


With the world’s two best individual pursuiters, [Gintautus Umaras] and [Vyacheslav Yekimov], the Soviet Union was a huge favorite. In the qualifying the 11th team out, Australia, broke the world record with a time of 4:16.32. But the last to start was the Soviet Union team, and they broke that record with a time of 4:16.10. The fast track was producing multiple records as in the quarter-finals, the East Germans recorded 4:14.45 in the first heat, only to see the Soviets better that with 4:14.22 in the fourth heat, as they defeated Italy. The final came down to the GDR against the USSR, and the world record again went down. In fact both teams surpassed the mark from the quarter-finals, with the Soviets winning the gold medal with 4:13.31 to the East Germans 4:14.09.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Italy ITA
7 Poland POL
8 Denmark DEN
9 United States USA
10 West Germany FRG
11 QR Spain ESP
12 QR Netherlands NED
13 QR Great Britain GBR
14 QR New Zealand NZL
15 QR Japan JPN
16 QR Austria AUT
17 QR Argentina ARG
18 QR South Korea KOR
19 QR Brazil BRA