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Ron Baensch – Aussie Sprinter in the Golden Age of the...

A man who caught the tail end of the Golden Age of sprinting wave back in the 60’s was Australian Ron Baensch. Ron was born in 1939 but still rides his track bike twice each week; "Us old guys ride a 40 lapper!" he delights in telling us – but that’s fitted in between his daily sea swim, fishing and hunting. But let’s go back to 1960 and Ron Baensch is Australian national champion in the sprint, 10 mile and team pursuit. His performances take him to the Rome Olympics where he comes up against home hero Sante Gaiardoni who was en route to a kilometre and sprint double.

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