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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: August 1, 1996

Gold: USA Michael Johnson
Silver: NAM Frankie Fredericks
Bronze: TTO Ato Boldon

Summary

Michael Johnson had been favored to win in 1992 until a stomach virus weakened him and he lost in the semi-final. By 1996, he was a prohibitive favorite, not having lost since 1994 over 200 metres, and had won the 1995 World Championships. He was looking for a 200/400 double in Atlanta. At the US Olympic Trials, Johnson finally bettered Pietro Mennea's world record from 1979, running 19.66 to make the US team. His challengers were felt to be Namibian Frankie Fredericks, the 1992 silver medalist, and Trinidad's Ato Boldon. Only two weeks before the Olympics, Fredericks had beaten Johnson, snapping his win streak at the distance. By the night of the 200 final Johnson had already won his 400 gold medal. Coming off the curve, there was little to choose between the three favorites, Johnson having a slight lead. But then he found another gear, finishing in 19.32, a time that seemed almost like a mistake. Fredericks held on for his second consecutive silver medal with Boldon winning bronze. Boldon later said, "19.32. That's not a time. It sounds like my dad's birthday."

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Johnson 28 United States USA Gold WR
2 Frankie Fredericks 28 Namibia NAM Silver
3 Ato Boldon 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Bronze
4 Obadele Thompson 20 Barbados BAR
5 Jeff Williams 30 United States USA
6 Iván García 24 Cuba CUB
7 Patrick Stevens 28 Belgium BEL
8 Mike Marsh 28 United States USA
5 h1 r3/4 Francis Obikwelu 17 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r3/4 Steve Brimacombe 25 Australia AUS
6 h1 r3/4 John Regis 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r3/4 Koji Ito 26 Japan JPN
7 h1 r3/4 Emmanuel Tuffour 29 Ghana GHA
7 h2 r3/4 Sergejs Inšakovs 24 Latvia LAT
8 h1 r3/4 Neil De Silva 26 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h2 r3/4 Geir Moen 27 Norway NOR
4 h1 r2/4 Erik Wijmeersch 26 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r2/4 Róbson da Silva 31 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r2/4 Robert Maćkowiak 26 Poland POL
4 h5 r2/4 Linford Christie 36 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/4 Percy Spencer 21 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/4 Jordi Mayoral 23 Spain ESP
5 h3 r2/4 Anninos Markoullidis 25 Cyprus CYP
5 h4 r2/4 Albert Agyemang 18 Ghana GHA
5 h5 r2/4 Edson Ribeiro 23 Brazil BRA
6 h1 r2/4 Troy Douglas 33 Bermuda BER
6 h2 r2/4 Georgios Panagiotopoulos 26 Greece GRE
6 h3 r2/4 Vladyslav Dolohodin 24 Ukraine UKR
6 h4 r2/4 Seun Ogunkoya 18 Nigeria NGR
6 h5 r2/4 Torbjörn Eriksson 25 Sweden SWE
7 h1 r2/4 Javier Navarro 29 Spain ESP
7 h3 r2/4 Elston Cawley 20 Jamaica JAM
7 h4 r2/4 Joseph Loua 19 Guinea GUI
7 h5 r2/4 Carlos Gats 26 Argentina ARG
8 h2 r2/4 Oumar Loum 22 Senegal SEN
8 h3 r2/4 Franck Waota 24 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
8 h5 r2/4 Gary Ryan 24 Ireland IRL
AC h4 r2/4 Claudinei da Silva 25 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r1/4 Owusu Dako 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/4 Pierre Lisk 24 Sierra Leone SLE
4 h9 r1/4 Alain Reimann 29 Switzerland SUI
4 h10r1/4 Mark Keddell 21 New Zealand NZL
4 h11r1/4 Sebastián Keitel 23 Chile CHI
5 h1 r1/4 Alfred Visagie 23 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r1/4 Thomas Smbokos 24 Greece GRE
5 h3 r1/4 Joseph Gikonyo 31 Kenya KEN
5 h4 r1/4 Benjamin Sirimou 27 Cameroon CMR
5 h5 r1/4 Lars Hedner 29 Sweden SWE
5 h6 r1/4 Boevi Lawson 30 Togo TOG
5 h7 r1/4 O'Brian Gibbons 25 Canada CAN
5 h8 r1/4 Matthew Coad 20 New Zealand NZL
5 h9 r1/4 Ousmane Diarra 29 Mali MLI
5 h10r1/4 Justice Dipeba 22 Botswana BOT
5 h11r1/4 Christoph Pöstinger 24 Austria AUT
6 h1 r1/4 Mohamed Al-Houti 23 Oman OMA
6 h2 r1/4 Anton Ivanov 25 Bulgaria BUL
6 h3 r1/4 Chris Donaldson 21 New Zealand NZL
6 h4 r1/4 Antoine Boussombo 28 Gabon GAB
6 h5 r1/4 Thomas Griesser 29 Austria AUT
6 h6 r1/4 Anderson Vilien 24 Haiti HAI
6 h7 r1/4 Andrey Fedoriv 32 Russia RUS
6 h8 r1/4 Amos Ali 20 Papua New Guinea PNG
6 h9 r1/4 Mohamed Al-Aswad 20 United Arab Emirates UAE
6 h10r1/4 Carlton Chambers 21 Canada CAN
6 h11r1/4 Sandro Floris 31 Italy ITA
7 h1 r1/4 Takahiro Mazuka 20 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/4 David Wilson 18 Guam GUM
7 h3 r1/4 Tao Wu-Shiun 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h5 r1/4 Pascal Dangbo 24 Benin BEN
7 h6 r1/4 Peter Ogilvie 24 Canada CAN
7 h7 r1/4 Brahim Abdoulaye 25 Chad CHA
7 h8 r1/4 Laurence Jack 28 Vanuatu VAN
7 h10r1/4 Miguel Janssen 25 Aruba ARU
7 h11r1/4 Chen Wenzhong 25 China CHN
8 h2 r1/4 Mohamed Ould Brahim 28 Mauritania MTN
8 h5 r1/4 Hadhari Djaffar 17 Comoros COM
8 h6 r1/4 Gustavo Envela 28 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
AC Dean Capobianco 26 Australia AUS DQ (doping)