Olympia – Despite the record: Men’s track four-wheeler misses out on medal

Olympia - Despite the record: Men's track four-wheeler misses out on medal

IZU (AP) — The men’s track bike four will have to wait for his first Olympic medal in 21 years, despite a German record.

Theo Reinhardt (Berlin), Felix Gross (Leipzig), Leon Rohde (Hamburg) and Dominic Weinstein (Villingen-Schwenningen) were stopped in Izu with a time of 3:48,861 minutes in their run against Canada on Tuesday. This put him one and a half seconds short of the old German record, which was not enough to make it to the medal runs. Italy set a world record in 3:42.307 minutes with the Superstar Filippo song.

Since the gold rush in Sydney 21 years ago, Germany has been looking forward to an Olympic medal, which was once a parade discipline. The German four-man has won five Olympic victories and 16 world championship titles since 1962. After finishing second at the 2002 World Cup, the German teams were left behind only by the best teams in the world.

Even Team Runners Without Medals

The German team sprinters also clearly missed out on medals. Timo Bichler (Kaiserslautern), Stefan Böticer (Chemnitz) and Maximilian Levy (Cottbus) finished fifth in their race against Great Britain (41.829) with a time of 42.733 seconds on the wooden oval in Izu. The Netherlands won the Olympic championship, Great Britain won the silver and France won the bronze.

A four-time Olympic participant, Levy won bronze with team sprinters in 2008 and 2012. Five years ago in Rio, however, the German trio came up empty handed. The only Olympic gold medal was won in 2004 in Athens by René Wolff, Stefan Nimke and Jens Fiedler.

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