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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 29, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996

Gold: SWE Ludmila Narozhilenko-Engquist
Silver: SLO Brigita Bukovec
Bronze: FRA Patricia Girard-Léno

Summary

Running for the Unified Team in 1992, Lyudmila Narozhilenko had been favored in Barcelona, but pulled out after injuring a hamstring in the quarter-finals. In 1993 she had tested positive for anabolic steroids and was initially suspended for four years, until her husband admitted he had slipped the steroids into her protein powder. They divorced soon after and Narozhilenko married her Swedish coach, Johan Engquist. In 1993 and 1995 Gail Devers had won the World Championships, after pitifully falling across the finish line in Barcelona, and losing out on what seemed a sure Olympic gold medal. As in Barcelona, she had won the 100 metres gold medal and her speed was the best in the hurdle field by far. It was not certain that Narozhilenko-Engquist could compete but she was fast tracked to Swedish citizenship and the Russian Olympic Committee granted her permission to run in Atlanta for Sweden. In the final, Devers got off fastest. But Narozhileno-Engquist caught her at the sixth hurdle, as Devers struggled with her hurdling technique, but Engquist still trailed Slovenia's Brigita Bukovec. However, she caught her on the last hurdle and won the gold medal by 1/100th of a second.

Engquist's up-and-down career and life would continue. In 1999 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in April of that year underwent a mastectomy and began chemotherapy. But she kept competing and at the 1999 Worlds, she finished third – with Gail Devers winning the title again. In 2001, doing well after her cancer, she switched to bobsledding but when pulled for a random drug test, admitted to taking steroids. Suspended for two years, her athletic career was then over.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ludmila Narozhilenko-Engquist 32 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Brigita Bukovec 26 Slovenia SLO Silver
3 Patricia Girard-Léno 28 France FRA Bronze
4 Gail Devers 29 United States USA
5 Dionne Rose 26 Jamaica JAM
6 Michelle Freeman 27 Jamaica JAM
7 Lynda Tolbert-Goode 28 United States USA
AC r4/4 Nataliya Shekhodanova 24 Russia RUS
4 h1 r3/4 Angie Thorp 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r3/4 Julie Rocheleau-Baumann 32 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r3/4 Aliuska López 26 Cuba CUB
6 h1 r3/4 Nicole Ramalalanirina 24 Madagascar MAD
6 h2 r3/4 Yuliya Graudyn 25 Russia RUS
7 h1 r3/4 Kristin Patzwahl 31 Germany GER
7 h2 r3/4 María José Mardomingo 27 Spain ESP
AC h2 r3/4 Svetla Dimitrova 26 Bulgaria BUL
4 h3 r2/4 Sriyani Kulawansa 26 Sri Lanka SRI
5 h1 r2/4 Angela Atede 24 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r2/4 Gillian Russell 22 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r2/4 Cheryl Dickey 29 United States USA
5 h4 r2/4 Birgit Wolf 26 Germany GER
6 h1 r2/4 Cécile Cinélu 26 France FRA
6 h2 r2/4 Tatyana Reshetnikova 29 Russia RUS
6 h3 r2/4 Nataliya Hrygor'ieva 33 Ukraine UKR
6 h4 r2/4 Taiwo Aladefa 24 Nigeria NGR
7 h1 r2/4 Lidiya Yurkova 29 Belarus BLR
7 h2 r2/4 Ime Akpan 24 Nigeria NGR
7 h3 r2/4 Katie Anderson 28 Canada CAN
7 h4 r2/4 Monique Éwanjé-Épée-Tourret 29 France FRA
8 h2 r2/4 Olena Ovcharova-Krasovska 19 Ukraine UKR
8 h4 r2/4 Lena Solli-Reimann 26 Norway NOR
AC h1 r2/4 Nadiya Bodrova 35 Ukraine UKR
5 h2 r1/4 Yvonne Kanazawa 21 Japan JPN
6 h1 r1/4 Jackie Agyepong 27 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/4 Vida Nsiah 20 Ghana GHA
6 h5 r1/4 Rachel Rogers 21 Fiji FIJ
6 h6 r1/4 Véronique Linster 28 Luxembourg LUX
7 h1 r1/4 Chan Sau Ying 25 Hong Kong HKG
7 h2 r1/4 Lesley Tashlin 27 Canada CAN
7 h3 r1/4 Sonia Paquette 23 Canada CAN
7 h4 r1/4 Vũ Bích Hương 26 Vietnam VIE
8 h4 r1/4 Aminata Camara 22 Mali MLI
AC h5 r1/4 Elisabeta Anghel 28 Romania ROU
AC h6 r1/4 Carla Tuzzi 29 Italy ITA