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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 1996

Gold: BEL Fred Deburghgraeve
Silver: USA Jeremy Linn
Bronze: GER Mark Warnecke

Summary

For the first century of the Games Belgian swimmers had been the epitome of bit part players of the Olympic stage. Only a single bronze medal won by Ingrid Lempereur at the boycott hit 1984 Olympic Games had spoiled the nation’s run of failure.

At the Atlanta Games this changed in the first men’s final of the meet. Fred Deburghgraeve had made little impact on his Olympic début in 1992 but had made continuous progress ever since. A bronze medal at the 1994 World Championships had been followed in 1995 by a victory at the European Championships. Deburghgraeve’s heat swim was a statement of intent as he took a third of a second off Károly Güttler and was nearly a second faster than any of his rivals. World champion Norbert Rózsa failed to qualify for the final after placing only 17th in the heats.

Deburghgraeve’s approach to the final was simple – blast away from the gun and hope to hang on until the finish. The first part of the race went to plan but, as the wall approached, American Jeremy Linn moved through to challenge. A last lunge did the trick for the Belgian who became his nation’s first Olympic swimming champion.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fred Deburghgraeve 23 Belgium BEL Gold
2 Jeremy Linn 21 United States USA Silver
3 Mark Warnecke 26 Germany GER Bronze
4 Károly Güttler 28 Hungary HUN
5 Phil Rogers 25 Australia AUS
6 Kurt Grote 22 United States USA
7 Zeng Qiliang 21 China CHN
8 Stanislav Lopukhov 23 Russia RUS
9 Vladimir Latocha 22 France FRA
10 Daniel Málek 23 Czech Republic CZE
11 Richard Maden 23 Great Britain GBR
12 Akira Hayashi 21 Japan JPN
13 Oleksandr Dzhaburiya 23 Ukraine UKR
14 Paul Kent 24 New Zealand NZL
15 Marc Capdevila 22 Spain ESP
AC r2/2 Roman Ivanovsky 19 Russia RUS DQ
17 Norbert Rózsa 24 Hungary HUN QC
18T Vadim Alekseyev 26 Israel ISR
18T Benno Kuipers 22 Netherlands NED
20 Mario González 20 Cuba CUB
21 Todd Torres 28 Puerto Rico PUR
22 Yoshinobu Miyazaki 18 Japan JPN
23 Jon Cleveland 25 Canada CAN
24 Jo Gwang-Je 16 South Korea KOR
25 Marek Krawczyk 20 Poland POL
26 Ratapong Sirasanont 20 Thailand THA
27 Aleksey Kriventsov 22 Belarus BLR
28 Nerijus Beiga 24 Lithuania LTU
29 Elvin Chia 19 Malaysia MAS
30 Vadim Tatarov 25 Moldova MDA
31 Børge Mørk 24 Norway NOR
32 Mauricio Moreno 19 Colombia COL
33 Huang Chih-Yung 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
34 Juan José Madrigal 22 Costa Rica CRC
35 Jörg Lindemeier 27 Namibia NAM
36 Christophe Verdino 23 Monaco MON
37 Francisco Suriano 17 El Salvador ESA
38 Aleksandr Savitsky 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
39 Jorge Arias 23 Peru PER
40 Desmond Koh 23 Singapore SIN
41 Jean-Luc Razakarivony 20 Madagascar MAD
42 Yevgeny Petrashov 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
43 Bernard Desmarais 25 Mauritius MRI
44 Karar Rahman 21 Bangladesh BAN
45 Sultan Al-Otaibi 26 Kuwait KUW