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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 400 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 29, 1996

Gold: FRA Marie-José Pérec
Silver: AUS Cathy Freeman
Bronze: NGR Falilat Ogunkoya

Summary

The favorite was the defending champion, Marie-José Pérec, who had also won the 1991 and 1995 World Championships and the 1994 Europeans. In Atlanta she was trying to win the 200/400 double, which had only been done before at the Olympics by Valerie Brisco-Hooks in 1984, but in a boycotted Olympics. On the men’s side, Michael Johnson was favored to win the same double, and would succeed in dramatic fashion. The 400 was first for Pérec. She led thru the first 200 metres, even at that point with Pauline Davis of the Bahamas, Australia’s Cathy Freeman a stride to the rear. Pérec pushed the turn but Freeman was even stronger, pulling even at the top of the stretch. They were still even with 40 metres to go, but Pérec had a bit more in reserve and won by three metres. Freeman, an Aboriginal Australian, won the silver medal, with the bronze going to Nigeria’s Falilat Ogunkoya. A few days later Pérec would win the 200, completing the rare double.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marie-José Pérec 28 France FRA Gold OR
2 Cathy Freeman 23 Australia AUS Silver
3 Falilat Ogunkoya 27 Nigeria NGR Bronze
4 Pauline Davis-Thompson 30 Bahamas BAH
5 Jearl Miles-Clark 29 United States USA
6 Fatima Yusuf-Olukoju 25 Nigeria NGR
7 Sandie Richards 27 Jamaica JAM
8 Grit Breuer 24 Germany GER
5 h1 r3/4 Kim Graham 25 United States USA
5 h2 r3/4 Svetlana Goncharenko 25 Russia RUS
6 h1 r3/4 Maicel Malone 27 United States USA
6 h2 r3/4 Sandy Myers 35 Spain ESP
7 h1 r3/4 Merlene Frazer 22 Jamaica JAM
7 h2 r3/4 Renée Poetschka 25 Australia AUS
8 h1 r3/4 Bisi Afolabi 20 Nigeria NGR
8 h2 r3/4 Juliet Campbell 26 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r2/4 Hana Benešová 21 Czech Republic CZE
5 h2 r2/4 Maria Magnólia Figueiredo 32 Brazil BRA
5 h3 r2/4 Virna De Angeli 20 Italy ITA
5 h4 r2/4 Helena Fuchsová 31 Czech Republic CZE
6 h1 r2/4 Olga Kotlyarova 20 Russia RUS
6 h2 r2/4 LaDonna Antoine 21 Canada CAN
6 h3 r2/4 Anna Kozak 22 Belarus BLR
6 h4 r2/4 Phylis Smith 30 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/4 Donna Fraser 23 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/4 Grace Ann Dinkins 29 Liberia LBR
7 h3 r2/4 Diane Francis 27 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
7 h4 r2/4 Patrizia Spuri 23 Italy ITA
8 h1 r2/4 Dora Kyriakou 29 Cyprus CYP
8 h2 r2/4 Yana Manuylova 24 Ukraine UKR
8 h3 r2/4 Naděžda Koštovalová 24 Czech Republic CZE
8 h4 r2/4 Lee Naylor 25 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/4 Olena Rurak 24 Ukraine UKR
5 h4 r1/4 Ngozi Mwanamwambwa 25 Zambia ZAM
5 h6 r1/4 Svetlana Bodritskaya 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h7 r1/4 Zoila Stewart 27 Costa Rica CRC
6 h1 r1/4 Grace Birungi 22 Uganda UGA
6 h3 r1/4 Marina Živković 25 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
6 h4 r1/4 Mercy Addy 32 Ghana GHA
6 h5 r1/4 Melissa Straker-Taylor 20 Barbados BAR
6 h6 r1/4 Du Xiujie 24 China CHN
6 h7 r1/4 Corinne Simasotchi 25 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/4 Ahamada Haoulata 21 Comoros COM
7 h2 r1/4 Ameerah Bello 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
7 h3 r1/4 Melrose Mansaray 24 Sierra Leone SLE
7 h5 r1/4 Guilhermina da Cruz 26 Angola ANG
7 h6 r1/4 Arely Franco 27 El Salvador ESA
7 h7 r1/4 Denise Ouabangui 28 Central African Republic CAF
AC h4 r1/4 Ximena Restrepo 27 Colombia COL