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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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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: FIN Heli Rantanen
Silver: AUS Louise McPaul-Currey
Bronze: NOR Trine Solberg-Hattestad
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As in 1992 the favorites were Belarussian Nataliya Shikolenko and Norway's Trine Hattestad. Hattestad was World Champion in 1993 while Shikolenko won that title in 1995, with Hattestad winning the 1994 European Championship. Shikolenko was decidedly off form in Atlanta. Her second throw hit an overhead camera cable, and although she was allowed to throw again, she would finish only 12th. Finland's Heli Rantanen was the first thrower in the final, and recorded 67.94 (222-10¾) with that throw, which would win her the gold medal. Hattestad was able to win bronze, but the surprise silver medalist was Australian Louise McPaul, 1994 Commonwealth Games champion, who moved up from fourth place in the final round.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Heli Rantanen 26 Finland FIN Gold
2 Louise McPaul-Currey 27 Australia AUS Silver
3 Trine Solberg-Hattestad 30 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Isel López 26 Cuba CUB
5 Xiomara Rivero 27 Cuba CUB
6 Karen Forkel 25 Germany GER
7 Mikaela Ingberg 21 Finland FIN
8 Li Lei 22 China CHN
9 Steffi Nerius 24 Germany GER
10 Felicia Ţilea-Moldovan 28 Romania ROU
11 Odelmys Palma 24 Cuba CUB
12 Nataliya Shikolenko 31 Belarus BLR
13 QR Silke Renk 29 Germany GER
14 QR Tessa Sanderson 40 Great Britain GBR
15 QR Lee Yeong-Seon 22 South Korea KOR
16 QR Jo Stone 23 Australia AUS
17 QR Laverne Eve 31 Bahamas BAH
18 QR Aysel Taş 31 Turkey TUR
19 QR Taina Uppa-Kolkkala 19 Finland FIN
20 QR Oksana Ovchinnikova 24 Russia RUS
21 QR Renata Strašek 24 Slovenia SLO
22 QR Rita Ramanauskaitė 26 Lithuania LTU
23 QR Jette Jeppesen 32 Denmark DEN
24 QR Mirela Maniani-Tzelili 19 Albania ALB
25 QR Nikola Tomečková-Brejchová 22 Czech Republic CZE
26 QR Nicole Carroll 28 United States USA
27 QR Shelley Holroyd 23 Great Britain GBR
28 QR Zuleima Aramendiz 20 Colombia COL
29 QR Akiko Miyajima 29 Japan JPN
30 QR Erica Wheeler 28 United States USA
31 QR Nadine Auzeil-Schoellkopf 31 France FRA
32 QR Iloai Suaniu 17 Samoa SAM