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Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: July 22, 1996

Gold: RUS Aleksandr Popov
Silver: USA Gary Hall, Jr.
Bronze: BRA Gustavo Borges

Summary

[Aleksandr Popov] had won every major championship at both 50 and 100 metres title since winning the Olympic title four years earlier in Barcelona so it was obvious that he would start as a hot favourite.

The only real threat to Popov was Gary Hall, Jr., an American with whom Popov had a spikey relationship. As expected the two men led the qualifying times and were placed next to each other for the final. At 50 metres Hall enjoyed a small lead over Popov but this was lost when the Russian made the better turn. Hall responded and pulled level but a finishing burst from Popov was decisive and he became the first man to retain the Olympic 100 metres freestyle title since Johnny Weissmuller in 1924. Gustavo Borges of Brazil added a bronze medal to the silver medal he won in the same event in 1992.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aleksandr Popov 24 Russia RUS Gold
2 Gary Hall, Jr. 21 United States USA Silver
3 Gustavo Borges 23 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Pieter van den Hoogenband 18 Netherlands NED
5 Xuxa Scherer 21 Brazil BRA
6 Pavlo Khnykin 27 Ukraine UKR
7 Ricardo Busquets 31 Puerto Rico PUR
8 Francisco Sánchez 19 Venezuela VEN
9 Jon Olsen 27 United States USA
10 Christian Tröger 26 Germany GER
11 Björn Zikarsky 29 Germany GER
12 Sion Brinn 23 Jamaica JAM
13 Chris Fydler 23 Australia AUS
14 Rostyslav Svanidze 24 Ukraine UKR
15 Stephen Clarke 22 Canada CAN
16 Bartosz Kizierowski 19 Poland POL
17 Lars Frölander 22 Sweden SWE QC
18 Raimundas Mažuolis 24 Lithuania LTU QC
19 Oleg Rykhlevich 22 Belarus BLR
20 Attila Zubor 21 Hungary HUN
21 Aleksey Yegorov 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
22 Yoav Bruck 24 Israel ISR
23 Nicolas Gruson 21 France FRA
24 Vladimir Predkin 27 Russia RUS
25 Salim Iles 21 Algeria ALG
26 Brendon Dedekind 20 South Africa RSA
27 Earl McCarthy 27 Ireland IRL
28 Nick Shackell 21 Great Britain GBR
29 Sergey Ashikhmin 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
30 Nicolae Ivan 21 Romania ROU
31 Trent Bray 22 New Zealand NZL
32 Indrek Sei 23 Estonia EST
33 Juan Benavides 21 Spain ESP
34 Richard Sam Bera 24 Indonesia INA
35 Béla Szabados 22 Hungary HUN
36 Janko Gojković 23 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
37 Shunsuke Ito 20 Japan JPN
38 Felipe Delgado 23 Ecuador ECU
39 Zhao Lifeng 18 China CHN
40 Marijan Kanjer 22 Croatia CRO
41 Giovanni Linscheer 23 Suriname SUR
42 Arthur Li 23 Hong Kong HKG
43 José Isaza 24 Panama PAN
44 Kalle Varonen 22 Finland FIN
45 José Martín Meolans 18 Argentina ARG
46 Georgios Giziotis 23 Greece GRE
47 Tamer Zinhom 22 Egypt EGY
48 Oleg Tsvetkovsky 26 Uzbekistan UZB
49 Go Un-Ho 17 South Korea KOR
50 Stavros Mikhailidis 25 Cyprus CYP
51 Darrick Bollinger 17 Guam GUM
52 Kenny Roberts 18 Seychelles SEY
53 Nikola Kalabić 17 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
54 Diego Perdomo 24 Colombia COL
55 Maxim Cazmirciuc 25 Moldova MDA
56 Huang Chih-Yung 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
57 Sng Ju Wei 16 Singapore SIN
58 Juan Luis Bocanegra 17 Guatemala GUA
59 Diego Mularoni 16 San Marino SMR
60 Khuwaiter Al-Dhaheri 17 United Arab Emirates UAE