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Men's Olympic 4,000 Meter Individual Pursuit Track Race Results

Two riders start at opposite sides of a velodrome and from a standing start, chase each other. The race is over if a catch is made. Otherwise, the riders continue to the end of the of the race, the rider ahead then being declared the winner.

Amateur men generally race 4,000 meters and this is the Olympic distance, women go 3,000 meters. Professional pursuits are usually 5,000 meters.

Crowds enjoy pursuit races. It's easy to see who is ahead as the race progresses.

As part of a general reordering of Olympic track cycling ordered in 2009, the individual pursuit as a seperate event has been discontinued. It's now part of the Omnium.

Year/City

Gold

Silver

 Bronze

1964, Tokyo  Jiri Daler
5min 4.75sec
Giorgio Ursi Preben Isaksson
1968, Mexico City Daniel Rebelliard
4min 41.71sec
Mogens Frey Jensen Xavier Kurmann
1972, Munich  Knut Knudsen
4min 45.74sec
Xavier Kurmann Hans Lutz
1976, Montreal Gregor Braun
4min 47.61sec
Hermann Ponsteen Thomas Huschke
1980, Moscow Robert Dill-Bundi
4min 35.66sec
Alain Bondue Hans-Henrik Oersted
1984, Los Angeles Steve Hegg
4min 39.35sec
Rolf Golz Leonard Nitz
1988, Seoul Gintautas Umaras
4min 32.0sec
Dean Woods Bernd Dittert
1992, Barcelona Chris Boardman
overtook opponent
Jens Lehmann Gary Anderson
1996, Atlanta Andrea Colinelli
4min 20.893sec
Philppie Ermenault Bradley McGee
2000, Sidney Robert Bartko
4min 18.515sec
Jens Lehmann Bradley McGee
2004, Athens Bradley Wiggins
Great Britain
4min 16.304sec
Bradley McGee
Australia
4min 20.436 sec
Sergi Escobar
Spain
4min 17.947sec
2008, Beijing Bradley Wiggins
Great Britain
4min 16.977sec
Hayden Roulston
New Zealand
4min 19.611sec
Steven Burke
Great Britain
4min 29.947sec
Event discontinued after 2008 Beijing Olympics