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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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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
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: USA Dan O'Brien
Silver: GER Frank Busemann
Bronze: CZE Tomáš Dvořák

Summary

Dan O'Brien had been favored in early 1992 to win the Olympic decathlon, but he failed to clear a height in the pole vault at the US Olympic Trials and did not make the Olympic team. He responded later in 1992 by breaking the world record at the Talence meet with 8,891 points. For the next four years O'Brien was dominant in the decathlon. He won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships, was TAC Champion in 1993-95, and was world-ranked #1 from 1993 to 1996. At Atlanta he won the event quite easily. He moved into the lead on day one after the shot put (the third event) and never again trailed. He led after the first day by 124 points, after winning the 400 in 46.82. He won by 118 points over Germany's Frank Busemann, who had cleared over 8 metres in the long jump, although the outcome was never in doubt. O'Brien continued to compete and was world-ranked #1 again in 1998, but injuries eventually ended his career. The overall level of competition in 1996 was extremely high. There were six finishers over 8,500 points, 16 over 8,200, and 22 over 8,000, making this the deepest set of decathlon marks posted to that date.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Dan O'Brien 30 United States USA Gold 8.824
2 Frank Busemann 21 Germany GER Silver 8.706
3 Tomáš Dvořák 24 Czech Republic CZE Bronze 8.664
4 Steve Fritz 28 United States USA 8.644
5 Eduard Hämäläinen 27 Belarus BLR 8.613
6 Erki Nool 26 Estonia EST 8.543
7 Robert Změlík 27 Czech Republic CZE 8.422
8 Ramil Ganiyev 27 Uzbekistan UZB 8.318
9 Antonio Peñalver 27 Spain ESP 8.307
10 Chris Huffins 26 United States USA 8.300
11 Christian Plaziat 32 France FRA 8.282
12 Jón Arnar Magnússon 26 Iceland ISL 8.274
13 Mike Smith 28 Canada CAN 8.271
14 Frank Müller 28 Germany GER 8.253
15 Sebastian Chmara 24 Poland POL 8.249
16 Kamil Damašek 22 Czech Republic CZE 8.229
17 Sébastien Levicq 25 France FRA 8.192
18 Marcel Dost 26 Netherlands NED 8.111
19 Francisco Benet 28 Spain ESP 8.107
20 Dirk-Achim Pajonk 27 Germany GER 8.045
21 Jack Rosendaal 22 Netherlands NED 8.035
22 Vitaliy Kolpakov 24 Ukraine UKR 8.025
23 Rojs Piziks 25 Latvia LAT 7.994
24 Doug Pirini 26 New Zealand NZL 7.961
25 Eugenio Balanqué 27 Cuba CUB 7.873
26 Raúl Duany 21 Cuba CUB 7.802
27 Zsolt Kürtösi 25 Hungary HUN 7.755
28 Philipp Huber 22 Switzerland SUI 7.743
29 Alper Kasapoğlu 30 Turkey TUR 7.575
30 Beniamino Poserina 25 Italy ITA 7.013
31 Nikolay Afanasyev 30 Russia RUS 6.711
AC Indrek Kaseorg 28 Estonia EST DNF
AC Lev Lobodin 27 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Oleg Veretelnikov 24 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Victor Houston 22 Barbados BAR DNF
AC Scott Ferrier 22 Australia AUS DNF
AC Peter Winter 25 Australia AUS DNF
AC Alex Kruger 32 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Andrei Nazarov 31 Estonia EST DNF
AC Dezső Szabó 28 Hungary HUN DNF