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Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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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 Denis Pankratov
Silver: USA Tom Malchow
Bronze: AUS Scott Goodman

Summary

Denis Pankratov of Russia had dominated this event since the Barcelona Olympics and arrived at Atlanta as world and European champion, world record holder and the fastest in the field by nearly two seconds. Bearing that in mind it came as a shock to see him qualify only fourth for the final, as

Pankratov set out at a pace that put him nearly a second under the world record at 100 metres but faded badly over the home stretch. Scott Goodman of Australia qualified fastest.

Pankratov tempered his enthusiasm in the final and swam a more conservative first half of the race. The Russian had a small lead over the second Australian in the race, Scott Miller, at the 100 metre mark but pulled out further ahead over the closing stages. As Miller, a 100 metres specialist, faded, Goodman and the USA’s Tom Malchow overtook him to pursue a personal dual for second place.

Malchow touched out Goodman for silver on the final stroke of the race.

Pankratov’s victory and general dominance was based on his ability to swim half the first length of the pool underwater. This technique was banned shortly after the Olympic Games and swimmers can now be disqualified if they fail to surface within a 15 metre limit. The Russian, who later competed the 100/200 butterfly double, was voted Swimmer of the Year for 1996 by Swimming World magazine following his performances at the Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Denis Pankratov 22 Russia RUS Gold
2 Tom Malchow 19 United States USA Silver
3 Scott Goodman 22 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Franck Esposito 25 France FRA
5 Scott Miller 21 Australia AUS
6 Denys Sylantiev 19 Ukraine UKR
7 James Hickman 20 Great Britain GBR
8 Péter Horváth 21 Hungary HUN
9 Attila Czene 22 Hungary HUN
10 Vesa Hanski 22 Finland FIN
11 Casey Barrett 21 Canada CAN
12 Oliver Lampe 22 Germany GER
13 Stefan Aartsen 21 Netherlands NED
14 Konrad Gałka 22 Poland POL
15 David Abrard 19 France FRA
16 Chris-Carol Bremer 26 Germany GER
17 Andrea Oriana 23 Italy ITA
18 Aleksey Kolesnikov 19 Russia RUS
19 Danyon Loader 21 New Zealand NZL
20 Takashi Yamamoto 17 Japan JPN
21 Ray Carey 23 United States USA
22 Dominik Galić 21 Croatia CRO
23 Aleksandar Malenko 17 Macedonia MKD
24 Nelson Mora 20 Venezuela VEN
25 Diogo Madeira 25 Portugal POR
26 Konstantin Andryushin 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
27 Can Ergenekan 24 Turkey TUR
28 Vladan Marković 19 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
29 José Luis Ballester 26 Spain ESP
30 Josef Horký 24 Czech Republic CZE
31 Anthony Ang 17 Malaysia MAS
32 Mindaugas Bružas 20 Lithuania LTU
33 Niti Intharapichai 19 Thailand THA
34 Mark Kwok 19 Hong Kong HKG
35 Lee Jeong-Hyeong 19 South Korea KOR
36 Walter Soza 23 Nicaragua NCA
37 Javier Golovchenko 22 Uruguay URU
38 Dmitry Pankov 28 Uzbekistan UZB
39 Andrés Vasconcellos 22 Ecuador ECU
40 Georgios Popotas 19 Greece GRE
41 PJ Thum 16 Singapore SIN
42 Aitor Osorio 20 Andorra AND