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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Events: 44

Participants: 2,057 (1,302 men and 755 women) from 190 countries
Youngest Participant: NIG Rachida Mahamane (14 years, 336 days)
Oldest Participant: MYA Htay Myint (43 years, 22 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): JAM Merlene Ottey-Page (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (23 medals)

Overview

The 1996 Olympics returned to the United States after 12 years, to the southern city of Atlanta. The Europeans were concerned about the heat of the American heat for the athletes, but Atlanta had a strangely cool summer. These were the final Olympics for American Carl Lewis, possibly the greatest ever track & field athlete. He had made the ill-fated US team in 1980, and competed since 1984, winning four gold medals in 1984. Now somewhat past his prime, he was still considered a threat in the long jump, although Mike Powell, who had defeated Lewis in their epic battle at the 1991 World Championships, was favored. But in Atlanta Powell was injured and finished only fifth. Lewis hit the winning mark on his third jump (8.50/27-10¾) to win his fourth consecutive gold medal, matching the feat of Al Oerter in the discus. He also controversially lobbied to be placed on the 4x100 relay team but this was denied, and the Americans did not win that event, losing to Canada, led by 100 metre gold medalist Donovan Bailey.

The big hero of the Atlanta track was another American, Michael Johnson. Johnson became the first ever to win the 200/400 double, setting a remarkable world record of 19.32 in the 200 in the process. He was supposed to run the 4x400 as well, but tweaked his hamstring in the 200 final and did not run. The Americans still won the 1600 relay. Among the women, France’s Marie-José Pérec duplicated Johnson’s feat by winning the 200/400. Russian Svetlana Masterkova was another doubler, winning the 800 and 1,500.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres CAN Donovan Bailey NAM Frankie Fredericks TTO Ato Boldon
Men's 200 metres USA Michael Johnson NAM Frankie Fredericks TTO Ato Boldon
Men's 400 metres USA Michael Johnson GBR Roger Black UGA Davis Kamoga
Men's 800 metres NOR Vebjørn Rodal RSA Hezekiel Sepeng KEN Fred Onyancha
Men's 1,500 metres ALG Noureddine Morceli ESP Fermín Cacho KEN Stephen Kipkorir
Men's 5,000 metres BDI Vénuste Niyongabo KEN Paul Bitok MAR Khalid Boulami
Men's 10,000 metres ETH Haile Gebrselassie KEN Paul Tergat MAR Salah Hissou
Men's Marathon RSA Josia Thugwane KOR Lee Bong-Ju KEN Eric Wainaina
Men's 110 metres Hurdles USA Allen Johnson USA Mark Crear GER Florian Schwarthoff
Men's 400 metres Hurdles USA Derrick Adkins ZAM Samuel Matete USA Calvin Davis
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase KEN Joseph Keter KEN Moses Kiptanui ITA Alessandro Lambruschini
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay CAN Canada USA United States BRA Brazil
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States GBR Great Britain JAM Jamaica
Men's 20 kilometres Walk ECU Jefferson Pérez RUS Ilya Markov MEX Bernardo Segura
Men's 50 kilometres Walk POL Robert Korzeniowski RUS Mikhail Shchennikov ESP Valentí Massana
Men's High Jump USA Charles Austin POL Artur Partyka GBR Steve Smith
Men's Pole Vault FRA Jean Galfione RUS Igor Trandenkov GER Andrej Tiwontschik
Men's Long Jump USA Carl Lewis JAM James Beckford USA Joe Greene
Men's Triple Jump USA Kenny Harrison GBR Jonathan Edwards CUB Yoelbi Quesada
Men's Shot Put USA Randy Barnes USA John Godina UKR Oleksandr Bahach
Men's Discus Throw GER Lars Riedel BLR Vladimir Dubrovshchik BLR Vasily Kaptyukh
Men's Hammer Throw HUN Balázs Kiss USA Lance Deal UKR Oleksandr Krykun
Men's Javelin Throw CZE Jan Železný GBR Steve Backley FIN Seppo Räty
Men's Decathlon USA Dan O'Brien GER Frank Busemann CZE Tomáš Dvořák
Women's 100 metres USA Gail Devers JAM Merlene Ottey-Page USA Gwen Torrence
Women's 200 metres FRA Marie-José Pérec JAM Merlene Ottey-Page NGR Mary Onyali-Omagbemi
Women's 400 metres FRA Marie-José Pérec AUS Cathy Freeman NGR Falilat Ogunkoya
Women's 800 metres RUS Svetlana Masterkova CUB Ana Fidelia Quirot MOZ Maria Mutola
Women's 1,500 metres RUS Svetlana Masterkova ROU Gabriela Szabo AUT Theresia Kiesl
Women's 5,000 metres CHN Wang Junxia KEN Pauline Konga ITA Roberta Brunet
Women's 10,000 metres POR Fernanda Ribeiro CHN Wang Junxia ETH Gete Wami
Women's Marathon ETH Fatuma Roba RUS Valentina Yegorova JPN Yuko Arimori
Women's 100 metres Hurdles SWE Ludmila Narozhilenko-Engquist SLO Brigita Bukovec FRA Patricia Girard-Léno
Women's 400 metres Hurdles JAM Deon Hemmings USA Kim Batten USA Tonja Buford-Bailey
Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay USA United States BAH Bahamas JAM Jamaica
Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States NGR Nigeria GER Germany
Women's 10 kilometres Walk RUS Yelena Nikolayeva ITA Elisabetta Perrone CHN Wang Yan
Women's High Jump BUL Stefka Kostadinova GRE Niki Bakogianni UKR Inha Babakova
Women's Long Jump NGR Chioma Ajunwa ITA Fiona May USA Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Women's Triple Jump UKR Inesa Kravets RUS Inna Lasovskaya CZE Šárka Kašpárková
Women's Shot Put GER Astrid Kumbernuss CHN Sui Xinmei RUS Irina Khudoroshkina
Women's Discus Throw GER Ilke Wyludda RUS Nataliya Sadova BLR Ellina Zvereva
Women's Javelin Throw FIN Heli Rantanen AUS Louise McPaul-Currey NOR Trine Solberg-Hattestad
Women's Heptathlon SYR Ghada Shouaa BLR Natasha Sazanovich GBR Denise Lewis