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Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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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: NZL Danyon Loader
Silver: BRA Gustavo Borges
Bronze: AUS Daniel Kowalski

Summary

The 200 metres freestyle for men was considered amongst the most open events on the 1996 schedule and a case could be made for each of 10 to win the Olympic gold. At the Barcelona Olympics New Zealand’s Danyon Loader had won the silver medal at 200 metres butterfly and was also known as a 400 metres freestyle swimmer. Historically the 200 freestyle was his third event but he won the 1995 Pan Pacific meet, also held in Atlanta, at the distance.

Although he was always up in contention, he trailed veteran Anders Holmertz in the early stages as the Swede led the Olympic final at the halfway stage for the third Games in succession. Just as at Seoul and Barcelona Holmertz faded over the second part of the race and Loader took over just prior to the 150 m mark. He then swam away from the field to win by just under half a second to become his country’s first ever Olympic swimming champion. Brazilian Gustavo Borges just pipped Daniel Kowalski of Australia for the silver medal.

The eighth and final qualifier for the final was Paul Palmer of Great Britain. Palmer had tied Jani Sievinen for the last qualifying place which necessitated a swim-off. Incredibly the swim-off also resulted in a tie. Sievinen withdrew from the second swim-off so Palmer progressed.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Danyon Loader 21 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Gustavo Borges 23 Brazil BRA Silver
3 Daniel Kowalski 21 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Pieter van den Hoogenband 18 Netherlands NED
5 Anders Holmertz 27 Sweden SWE
6 Massimiliano Rosolino 18 Italy ITA
7 Josh Davis 23 United States USA
8 Paul Palmer 21 Great Britain GBR
9 Aimo Heilmann 21 Germany GER
10 Michael Klim 18 Australia AUS
11 Vlad Pyshnenko 26 Russia RUS
12 John Piersma 21 United States USA
13 Piermaria Siciliano 22 Italy ITA
14 Jacob Carstensen 17 Denmark DEN
15 Andrew Clayton 23 Great Britain GBR
16 Nicolae Butacu 22 Romania ROU
17 Jani Sievinen 22 Finland FIN QC
18 Antti Kasvio 22 Finland FIN QC
19 Miroslav Vučetić 19 Croatia CRO
20T Attila Czene 22 Hungary HUN
20T Trent Bray 22 New Zealand NZL
22 Aleksey Yegorov 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
23 Shunsuke Ito 20 Japan JPN
24 Christophe Bordeau 27 France FRA
25 Miklós Kollár 17 Hungary HUN
26 Go Un-Ho 17 South Korea KOR
27 Carlos Santander 21 Venezuela VEN
28 Vyacheslav Kabanov 27 Uzbekistan UZB
29 Earl McCarthy 27 Ireland IRL
30 Dimitrios Manganas 18 Greece GRE
31 Salim Iles 21 Algeria ALG
32 José Isaza 24 Panama PAN
33 Torlarp Sethsothorn 16 Thailand THA
34 Jure Bučar 30 Slovenia SLO
35 Raymond Papa Philippines PHI
36 Bartosz Sikora 20 Poland POL
37 Sng Ju Wei 16 Singapore SIN
38 Dmitry Lapin 18 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
39 Carl Probert 20 Fiji FIJ
40 Felipe Delgado 23 Ecuador ECU
41 Andrei Zaharov 20 Moldova MDA
42 Denys Zavhorodniy 16 Ukraine UKR
43 Thamer Al-Shamroukh 19 Kuwait KUW