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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women'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: FRA Marie-José Pérec
Silver: JAM Merlene Ottey-Page
Bronze: NGR Mary Onyali-Omagbemi

Summary

Merlene Ottey (JAM) was back and was favored again, by this time having won the World Championships in both 1993 and 1995. In 1995 she had defeated Irina Privalova (RUS) who had won the 1994 European Championships. But Privalova withdrew in Atlanta after the quarter-finals. America’s best hope seemed to be defending champion Gwen Torrence but she did not make the US team at the Olympic Trials. This seemed to leave it open for Ottey to finally win her gold medal but it was not to be. She led off the curve, but then was outrun by France’s Marie-José Pérec, who was considered stronger in the 400, and had already won that event a few days earlier. Ottey held on for the silver medal, her fourth in this event at the Olympics, with Nigeria’s Mary Onyali getting a surprising bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marie-José Pérec 28 France FRA Gold
2 Merlene Ottey-Page 36 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Mary Onyali-Omagbemi 28 Nigeria NGR Bronze
4 Inger Miller 24 United States USA
5 Galina Malchugina 33 Russia RUS
6 Chandra Sturrup 24 Bahamas BAH
7 Juliet Cuthbert 32 Jamaica JAM
8 Carlette Guidry-White 27 United States USA
5 h1 r3/4 Dannette Young 31 United States USA
5 h2 r3/4 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor 24 Australia AUS
6 h1 r3/4 Cathy Freeman 23 Australia AUS
6 h2 r3/4 Melanie Paschke 26 Germany GER
7 h1 r3/4 Nataliya Safronnikova 23 Belarus BLR
7 h2 r3/4 Alenka Bikar 22 Slovenia SLO
8 h2 r3/4 Katerina Koffa 27 Greece GRE
3 h4 r2/4 Irina Privalova 27 Russia RUS
5 h1 r2/4 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllönen 25 Finland FIN
5 h2 r2/4 Katharine Merry 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r2/4 Lucrécia Jardim 25 Portugal POR
5 h4 r2/4 Myra Mayberry-Wilkinson 31 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h1 r2/4 Monika Gachevska 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 h2 r2/4 Savatheda Fynes 21 Bahamas BAH
6 h3 r2/4 Simone Jacobs 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r2/4 Patricia Rodríguez 25 Colombia COL
7 h1 r2/4 Ameerah Bello 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
7 h2 r2/4 Yan Jiankui 20 China CHN
7 h3 r2/4 Sandy Myers 35 Spain ESP
7 h4 r2/4 Calister Ubah 22 Nigeria NGR
8 h2 r2/4 Viktoriya Fomenko 25 Ukraine UKR
8 h3 r2/4 Heather Samuel 26 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
8 h4 r2/4 Zhanna Pintusevych-Blok 24 Ukraine UKR
3 h5 r1/4 Beverly McDonald 26 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r1/4 Mireille Donders 22 Switzerland SUI
6 h3 r1/4 Maia Azarashvili 32 Georgia GEO
6 h4 r1/4 Du Xiujie 24 China CHN
6 h5 r1/4 Tara Perry 21 Canada CAN
7 h1 r1/4 Zlatka Georgieva 27 Bulgaria BUL
7 h2 r1/4 Dora Kyriakou 29 Cyprus CYP
7 h3 r1/4 Felipa Palacios 20 Colombia COL
7 h4 r1/4 Guilhermina da Cruz 26 Angola ANG
7 h5 r1/4 Marina Živković 25 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
7 h6 r1/4 Georgette N'Koma 31 Cameroon CMR
8 h1 r1/4 Laure Kuetey 25 Benin BEN
8 h2 r1/4 Sylla M'Mah Touré 17 Guinea GUI
8 h3 r1/4 Lineo Shoai 17 Lesotho LES
8 h5 r1/4 Kaltouma Nadjina 19 Chad CHA
8 h6 r1/4 Lyudmila Dmitriady 27 Uzbekistan UZB