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Women's Sprint

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Stone Mountain Velodrome, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: FRA Félicia Ballanger
Silver: AUS Michelle Ferris
Bronze: NED Ingrid Haringa
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The favorite was the 1995 World Champion, France’s Félicia Ballanger. Ballanger finished second in qualifying, which was surprisingly won by Australia’s Michelle Ferris. In the quarter-finals, Ballanger faced the 1988 and 1992 gold medalist, Erika Salumäe of Estonia, who had only made the quarters by advancing via the repêchage. Ballanger would defeat her in two straight races, and would not lose a race en route to the gold medal. In the final she defeated Ferris, who had advanced by defeating the 1992 bronze medalist, Ingrid Haringa (NED), in the semis. Haringa repeated as bronze medalist, defeating the 1992 silver medalist, Germany’s Annett Neumann. Over the next few years, Ballanger would establish herself as the top female sprinter in the world, winning the World Championships in 1996-1999 and defending her gold medal at Sydney in 2000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félicia Ballanger 25 France FRA Gold
2 Michelle Ferris 19 Australia AUS Silver
3 Ingrid Haringa 32 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Annett Neumann 26 Germany GER
5 Oksana Grishina 27 Russia RUS
6 Erika Salumäe 34 Estonia EST
7 Wang Yan 21 China CHN
8 Tanya Dubnicoff 26 Canada CAN
2 h1 r2/5 Connie Paraskevin-Young 35 United States USA
2 h2 r2/5 Daniela Larreal 23 Venezuela VEN
3 h1 r2/5 Donna Wynd 34 New Zealand NZL
3 h2 r2/5 Mira Kasslin 18 Finland FIN
13 QR Rita Razmaitė 29 Lithuania LTU
14 QR Nancy Contreras 18 Mexico MEX