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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 24, 1996

Gold: HUN Norbert Rózsa
Silver: HUN Károly Güttler
Bronze: RUS Andrey Korneyev

Summary

The Hungarian pair of Károly Güttler and Norbert Rózsa would have been considered as favourites on the eve of the Games but neither had performed up to expectations in the 100 metres breaststroke and Rózsa, the current world champion, had failed even to reach the B final.

Almost by default this left 200 metres specialist Andrey Korneyev, the European champion from Russia, as the man to beat. After the heats were concluded the landscape looked different again as the two Hungarians, despondent after the 100 metres, bounced back to set the two fastest times.

Korneyev gambled in the final and took the lead from the start. At halfway he was under world record pace but he began to tire quickly in the last 50 metres of the race. With 20 metres Korneyev and the two Hungarians were in one line in the middle lanes of the pool. Rózsa was the strongest of the trio and stormed ahead in the last strokes of the race to win by nearly half a second with Guttler edging past the Russian for silver.

Four days after the final it was announced that Korneyev had tested positive for the stimulant Bromantan and he would be stripped of his bronze medal thereby elevating Great Britain’s Nick Gillingham to third position. Korneyev appealed to the Court of Arbiration of Sport on the basis that the drug was not in fact a stimulant but merely an aid to boost the body’s immune system. The court decided in favour of the Russian and his medal was restored

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Norbert Rózsa 24 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Károly Güttler 28 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Andrey Korneyev 22 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Nick Gillingham 29 Great Britain GBR
5 Phil Rogers 25 Australia AUS
6 Marek Krawczyk 20 Poland POL
7 Eric Wunderlich 26 United States USA
8 Kurt Grote 22 United States USA
9 Andrey Ivanov 20 Russia RUS
10 Mario González 20 Cuba CUB
11 Ryan Mitchell 19 Australia AUS
12 Joaquín Fernández 25 Spain ESP
13 Valērijs Kalmikovs 23 Latvia LAT
14 Jean-Christophe Sarnin 20 France FRA
15 Jon Cleveland 25 Canada CAN
16 Akira Hayashi 21 Japan JPN
17 Fred Deburghgraeve 23 Belgium BEL QC
18 Daniel Málek 23 Czech Republic CZE
19 José Couto 18 Portugal POR
20 Ratapong Sirasanont 20 Thailand THA
21 Aleksandr Gukov 24 Belarus BLR
22 Dmytro Ivanusa 23 Ukraine UKR
23 Stéphan Perrot 19 France FRA
24 Wang Yiwu 20 China CHN
25 Elvin Chia 19 Malaysia MAS
26 Børge Mørk 24 Norway NOR
27 Vadim Alekseyev 26 Israel ISR
28 Christophe Verdino 23 Monaco MON
29 Vadim Tatarov 25 Moldova MDA
30 Roberto Bonilla 24 Guatemala GUA
31 Todd Torres 28 Puerto Rico PUR
32 Nerijus Beiga 24 Lithuania LTU
33 Francisco Suriano 17 El Salvador ESA
34 Huang Chih-Yung 28 Chinese Taipei TPE