Cycling at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's track time trial

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Men's track time trial
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Russell Mockridge and Hubert Opperman 1948.jpg
Russell Mockridge (1948)
VenueHelsinki Velodrome
DateJuly 31
Competitors27 from 27 nations
Winning time1:11.1 OR
1st place, gold medalist(s) Russell Mockridge
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Marino Morettini
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Raymond Robinson
 South Africa
← 1948
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The men's track time trial at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland was held on July 31, 1952. There were 27 participants from 27 nations, with each nation limited to one competitor.[1] The event was won by Russell Mockridge of Australia, the nation's first victory in the men's track time trial since 1932 and second overall (tying France for most of any nation). Marino Morettini's silver was Italy's first medal in the event; Raymond Robinson's bronze was South Africa's. France's three-Games podium streak ended.


This was the sixth appearance of the event, which had previously been held in 1896 and every Games since 1928. It would be held every Games until being dropped from the programme after 2004. The only returning cyclist from 1948 was tenth-place finisher Onni Kasslin of Finland. Russell Mockridge of Australia had competed in the road race in 1948; he had won the sprint and time trial at the 1950 British Empire Games and taken second place in the 1951 sprint world championship. Marino Morettini was the amateur world record holder.[2]

Czechoslovakia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Romania, and the Soviet Union each made their debut in the men's track time trial. France and Great Britain each made their sixth appearance, having competed at every appearance of the event.

Competition format

The event was a time trial on the track, with each cyclist competing separately to attempt to achieve the fastest time. Each cyclist raced one kilometre from a standing start.[2][3]


The following were the world and Olympic records prior to the competition.

World record  Marino Morettini (ITA) 1:10.6 Milan, Italy 18 October 1950
Olympic record  Arie van Vliet (NED) 1:12.0 Berlin, Germany 1 August 1936

Russell Mockridge broke the Olympic record. Nobody else was able to surpass the old time.


All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 31 July 1952 11:00 Final


Kato was the first to ride. Robinson was sixth, and was the first to surpass the 1948 winner's time; Robinson led for much of the competition. Mockridge was 20th, finally surpassing Robinson with a new Olympic record. Morettini went 26th, unable to beat Mockridge but dropping Robinson to third place.[4]

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1st place, gold medalist(s) Russell Mockridge  Australia 1:11.1 OR
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Marino Morettini  Italy 1:12.7
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Raymond Robinson  South Africa 1:13.0
4 Clodomiro Cortoni  Argentina 1:13.2
5 Donald McKellow  Great Britain 1:13.3
6 Ib Vagn Hansen  Denmark 1:14.4
7 Ion Ioniţă  Romania 1:14.4
8 Jan Hijzelendoorn  Netherlands 1:14.5
9 Henri Andrieux  France 1:14.7
10 Joseph De Bakker  Belgium 1:14.7
11 Malcolm Simpson  New Zealand 1:15.1
12 Ladislav Fouček  Czechoslovakia 1:15.2
13 Lev Tsipursky  Soviet Union 1:15.2
14 Onni Kasslin  Finland 1:15.3
15 Fredy Arber  Switzerland 1:15.4
16 Andoni Ituarte  Venezuela 1:15.4
17 Hernán Masanés  Chile 1:15.9
18 István Lang  Hungary 1:16.9
19 Luis Angel de los Santos  Uruguay 1:17.0
20 Kenneth Farnum  Jamaica 1:17.2
21 Kurt Nemetz  Austria 1:17.5
22 Frederick Henry  Canada 1:17.6
23 Frank Brilando  United States 1:17.8
24 Gustavo Martínez  Guatemala 1:18.9
25 Imtiaz Bhatti  Pakistan 1:21.2
26 Tadashi Kato  Japan 1:23.2
27 Suprovat Chakravarty  India 1:26.0


  1. ^ "Cycling: Men's 1000 m time trial". Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  2. ^ a b "1,000 metres Time Trial, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  3. ^ Official Report, p. 546.
  4. ^ Official Report, p. 540.

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