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Olympic Men's Points Race, Track

The track points race is a massed-start competition with a sprint for point held every eight or ten laps, the top four placers earning 5, 3, 2, 1 points respectively. Plus, if a rider laps the field he is awarded 20 points. 40 km is the usual distance.

With riders all over the track and on different laps, a points race can be bewildering to watch. But once the spectator has it figured out, it is one of the most spectacular events in cycling.

As part of a large reordering of Olympic track events, the men's and women's points race will not be held at the 2012 London Olympics as a seperate event.

It's now included in the Omnium

Year/City

Gold

Silver

 Bronze

1984, Los Angeles Roger Ilegems
Belgium
Uwe Messerschmidt
West Germany
Jose Manuel Youshimatz
Mexico
1988, Seoul Dan Frost
Denmark
Leo Peelen
Holland
Marat Ganeev
Soviet Union
1992, Barcelona Giovanni Lombardi
Italy
Leon Van Bon
Holland
Cedric Mathy
Belgium
1996, Atlanta Silvio Martinello
Italy
Brian Walton
Canada
Stuart O'Grady
Australia
2000, Sidney Juan Llaneras
Spain
Milton Wynants
Uruguay
Alexsey Markov
Russia
2004, Athens Mikhail Ignatyev
Russia
Joan Llaneras
Spain
Guido Fulst
Germany
2008, Beijing Joan Llaneras
Spain - 60 points
Roger Kluge
Germany - 58 points
Chris Newton
Great Britain - 56 points
Event discontinued after 2008 Beijing Olympics