Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Rio Olympic Velodrome, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 14, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016
Format: Six events, points given for placement in each event. Final standings determined by total points for the six events.
|Bronze:||Lasse Norman Hansen|
The menâs omnium was widely anticipated at the Rio Olympics because it matched some of the worldâs best endurance track riders with a number of riders returning to the track after successful careers on the road. [Fernando Gaviria] of Colombia had won the last two World Championships and was favourite to add the Olympic title, but there was an air of anticipation to see how road specialists [Elia Viviani] and [Mark Cavendish] would fare in Rio. Reigning champion [Lasse Norman Hansen] of Denmark was also considered a strong candidate for gold.
After two of the six events it appeared Hansen would be unstoppable in his pursuit of glory. He won both the scratch race and pursuit but a momentary lapse of concentration in the early stages of the elimination race ruined his chances in a split second. This meant that as the riders approached the final points race Viviani led Cavendish by a small but defendable margin. The Italian then spent the race closely marking the Briton so that he was unable close the gap. Hansen recovered enough points in the final race to win bronze and nearly catch Cavendish for silver.
|2||Mark Cavendish||31||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||194|
|3||Lasse Norman Hansen||24||Denmark||DEN||Bronze||192|
|8||Dylan Kennett||21||New Zealand||NZL||143|
|11||Leung Chun Wing||22||Hong Kong||HKG||105|
|AC||Park Sang-Hoon||23||South Korea||KOR||DNF|
|AC||Bobby Lea||32||United States||USA||DNF|
|AC||Jasper De Buyst||22||Belgium||BEL||DNF|