Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The top seeded Italian team duly won the Olympic title but it was a victory that threatened to be derailed every time they took to the piste.
In their first match they beat the USA on a 45-44 score line, repeated that score exactly to beat Germany in the semi-final then clinched gold with a 45-43 over a Russian time which included individual champion [Aleksandr Beketov].
For [Sandro Cuomo] and [Angelo Mazzoni] this was the culmination of long Olympic careers. Mazzoni had first competed in 1980 in Moscow whilst Cuomo’s first Games was in 1984.