Two opposing riders start on either side of the track. The winner is the rider who either catches the other, or records the fastest time over the full distance.
The men’s Pursuit is four kilometres long; the women’s event is three kilometres.
The Pursuit starts with a qualifying round. The two riders with the fastest times will race for the gold medal, and the riders with the third and fourth fastest times will race for the bronze medal.
For a complete set of rules, please refer to the international federation (UCI).