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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Rio Olympic Velodrome, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 14, 2016
Format: Qualifying over 3½ laps, or 875 metres. Match races over 3 laps, or 750 metres.

Gold: GBR Jason Kenny
Silver: GBR Callum Skinner
Bronze: RUS Denis Dmitriyev

Summary

[Jason Kenny] of Great Britain had won the Olympic title in front of his home crowd in 2012 with a dominant display of sprinting, but his form dipped considerably in the years between London and Rio. At the beginning of the 2015-2016 track season few would have picked Kenny to repeat his feat of 2012, but he suddenly regained his best form at the 2016 World Championships, where he won the sprint title for the first time in five years.

Kenny set an Olympic record in the qualifying round to finish ahead of teammate [Callum Skinner] and the pair then proceeded to cut a swathe through their opposition. Only in the semi-final did either of the duo suffer the risk of elimination. [Denis Dmitriyev] of Russia took race one of the semi-final against Kenny, becoming the first non-British rider to win a heat against a British rider since 2004, but Kenny recovered to win in three races.

The final was an anti-climax as Kenny’s superior track craft proved too much for his less experienced opponent and he won with a heat to spare. Dmitriyev’s match against Australian [Matthew Glaetzer] was equally as one sided in the Russian’s favour. Kenny became only the third man to retain an Olympic title in this event after [Daniel Morelon] and [Jens Fiedler].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jason Kenny 28 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Callum Skinner 23 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Denis Dmitriyev 30 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Matthew Glaetzer 23 Australia AUS
5 Joachim Eilers 26 Germany GER
6 Xu Chao 21 China CHN
7 Grégory Baugé 31 France FRA
8 Patrick Constable 21 Australia AUS
9 Maximilian Levy 29 Germany GER
10 Fabián Puerta 25 Colombia COL
11 Jeffrey Hoogland 23 Netherlands NED
12 Sam Webster 25 New Zealand NZL
13 Njisane Phillip 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
14 Damian Zieliński 34 Poland POL
15 Eddie Dawkins 27 New Zealand NZL
16 François Pervis 31 France FRA
17 Pavel Kelemen 25 Czech Republic CZE
18 Rafał Sarnecki 26 Poland POL
19 Juan Peralta 26 Spain ESP
20 Kang Dong-Jin 28 South Korea KOR
21 Theo Bos 32 Netherlands NED
22 Im Chae-Bin 24 South Korea KOR
23 Santiago Ramírez 22 Colombia COL
24 Hersony Canelón 27 Venezuela VEN
25 Seiichiro Nakagawa 37 Japan JPN
26 Nikita Shurshin 23 Russia RUS
27 César Marcano 28 Venezuela VEN