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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 1996

Gold: USA Jeff Rouse
Silver: CUB Rodolfo Falcón
Bronze: CUB Neisser Bent

Summary

Since the Seoul Olympics America’s Jeff Rouse had been the world’s outstanding sprint backstroker. His career had however been blighted by defeats in the two most high profile races, the 1992 Olympic final and the 1994 World Championship final and his critics saw this as proof that he was a choker. In Atlanta he got rid of that unwanted title once and for all.

Rouse was the fastest in the heats then imposed himself on the final by blasting ahead straight from the gun and was untroubled in winning the gold medal. The big surprises of the event were a duo from Cuba, Rodolfo Falcón and Neisser Bent. Both men took large chunks of time off their previous best times to finish on the podium. Cuba had never before, and as of 2012, has never again, won an Olympic swimming medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jeff Rouse 25 United States USA Gold
2 Rodolfo Falcón 23 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Neisser Bent 19 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Martín López-Zubero 27 Spain ESP
5 Tripp Schwenk 25 United States USA
6 Emanuele Merisi 23 Italy ITA
7 Ralf Braun 23 Germany GER
8 Franck Schott 26 France FRA
9 Keitaro Konnai 17 Japan JPN
10 Neil Willey 19 Great Britain GBR
11 Hajime Itoi 25 Japan JPN
12 Mariusz Siembida 21 Poland POL
13 Darius Grigalionis 19 Lithuania LTU
14 Stev Theloke 18 Germany GER
15 Steven Dewick 20 Australia AUS
16 Rob Braknis 23 Canada CAN
17 Vladimir Selkov 25 Russia RUS QC
18 Chris Renaud 19 Canada CAN
19T Derya Büyükuncu 20 Turkey TUR
19T Volodymyr Nikolaichuk 21 Ukraine UKR
21 Nicolae Butacu 22 Romania ROU
22 Eithan Urbach 19 Israel ISR
23 Jonathan Winter 24 New Zealand NZL
24 Rogério Romero 26 Brazil BRA
25 Tamás Deutsch 26 Hungary HUN
26T Zhao Yi 17 China CHN
26T Martin Harris 27 Great Britain GBR
28 Mindaugas Špokas 21 Lithuania LTU
29 Carlos Arena 20 Mexico MEX
30 Nuno Laurentino 20 Portugal POR
31 Raymond Papa Philippines PHI
32 Alex Lim 15 Malaysia MAS
33 Miroslav Machovič 20 Slovakia SVK
34 Tomislav Karlo 25 Croatia CRO
35 Nicky Neckles 17 Barbados BAR
36 Panagiotis Adamidis 18 Greece GRE
37 Rastislav Bizub 23 Czech Republic CZE
38 Dulyarit Phuangthong 18 Thailand THA
39 Kim Min-Seok 17 South Korea KOR
40 Logi Jes Kristjánsson 24 Iceland ISL
41 Adrian O'Connor 24 Ireland IRL
42 Sergey Ushkalov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
43 Artur Elezarov 22 Moldova MDA
44 Nicolás Rajcevich 17 Chile CHI
45 Konstantin Pryakhin 23 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
46 Gerald Koh 18 Singapore SIN
47 Mike Fung-a-Wing 17 Suriname SUR
48 Leandro Jorge 18 Mozambique MOZ
49 Fahad Al-Otaibi 20 Kuwait KUW
50 Sitaram Shahi 26 Nepal NEP