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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996

Gold: USA Gail Devers
Silver: JAM Merlene Ottey-Page
Bronze: USA Gwen Torrence

Summary

The defending champion was Gail Devers (USA) and she was back. But Gwen Torrence (USA) was world ranked #1 in both the 100 and 200 in 1995, having finished a close fourth in the 1992 Olympic 100. She had won the 1995 World Championships over Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey. Ottey had also finished second at the 1993 Worlds to Devers, the margin there an infinitesimal 0.001 seconds. The 1994 European Championship had been won by Russia’s Irina Privalova. Devers, Ottey and Torrence made the final, but Privalova slowed in the semis with an injury and did not qualify. The final was very close between the three favorites. Devers led early but was caught by Ottey at 60 metres, taking a slight lead. Devers closed quickly and outleaned Ottey to win by 0.005 seconds, both timed officially in 10.94, with Torrence third, only 0.02 back.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gail Devers 29 United States USA Gold
2 Merlene Ottey-Page 36 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Gwen Torrence 31 United States USA Bronze
4 Chandra Sturrup 24 Bahamas BAH
5 Marina Trandenkova 29 Russia RUS
6 Nataliya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova 31 Russia RUS
7 Mary Onyali-Omagbemi 28 Nigeria NGR
8 Zhanna Pintusevych-Blok 24 Ukraine UKR
5 h1 r3/4 Chioma Ajunwa 24 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r3/4 Juliet Cuthbert 32 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r3/4 D'Andre Hill 23 United States USA
6 h2 r3/4 Melanie Paschke 26 Germany GER
7 h1 r3/4 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 20 Bahamas BAH
7 h2 r3/4 Irina Privalova 27 Russia RUS
8 h1 r3/4 Odiah Sidibé 26 France FRA
8 h2 r3/4 Lucrécia Jardim 25 Portugal POR
5 h1 r2/4 Katerina Koffa 27 Greece GRE
5 h2 r2/4 Andrea Philipp 24 Germany GER
5 h3 r2/4 Simone Jacobs 29 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r2/4 Eldece Clarke-Lewis 31 Bahamas BAH
6 h1 r2/4 Hanitriniaina Rakotondrabé 29 Madagascar MAD
6 h2 r2/4 Iryna Pukha 23 Ukraine UKR
6 h3 r2/4 Aikaterini Thanou 21 Greece GRE
6 h4 r2/4 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllönen 25 Finland FIN
7 h1 r2/4 Heather Samuel 26 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h2 r2/4 Marcia Richardson 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h3 r2/4 Silke Lichtenhagen 22 Germany GER
7 h4 r2/4 Myra Mayberry-Wilkinson 31 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h1 r2/4 Stephi Douglas 27 Great Britain GBR
8 h3 r2/4 Mary Tombiri-Shirey 23 Nigeria NGR
8 h4 r2/4 Zlatka Georgieva 27 Bulgaria BUL
AC h2 r2/4 Susanthika Jayasinghe 20 Sri Lanka SRI
5 h1 r1/4 Nataliya Vorobyova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h2 r1/4 Hermin Joseph 31 Dominica DMA
5 h4 r1/4 Petya Pendareva 25 Bulgaria BUL
5 h5 r1/4 Zandra Borrero 23 Colombia COL
6 h1 r1/4 Lyudmila Dmitriady 27 Uzbekistan UZB
6 h2 r1/4 Cleide Amaral 29 Brazil BRA
6 h3 r1/4 Yan Jiankui 20 China CHN
6 h4 r1/4 Cydonie Mothersill 18 Cayman Islands CAY
6 h5 r1/4 Jerneja Perc 25 Slovenia SLO
6 h7 r1/4 Mireille Donders 22 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/4 Ouk Chanthan 22 Cambodia CAM
7 h2 r1/4 Myriam Mani 23 Cameroon CMR
7 h3 r1/4 Mirtha Brock 26 Colombia COL
7 h4 r1/4 Michelle Baptiste 18 Saint Lucia LCA
7 h5 r1/4 Beverly McDonald 26 Jamaica JAM
7 h6 r1/4 Wang Huei-Chen 26 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h7 r1/4 Lee Yeong-Suk 30 South Korea KOR
8 h2 r1/4 Elvira Cabbarova 19 Azerbaijan AZE
8 h3 r1/4 Sortelina Pires 19 Sao Tome and Principe STP
8 h4 r1/4 Natalie Martindale 19 Saint Vincent VIN
8 h5 r1/4 Isménia do Frederico 25 Cape Verde CPV
8 h6 r1/4 Nester Geniwala'a 19 Solomon Islands SOL
8 h7 r1/4 Elizabeth Chávez 24 Honduras HON
9 h6 r1/4 Juliana Obiong 30 Equatorial Guinea GEQ