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Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: July 25, 1996

Gold: HUN Attila Czene
Silver: FIN Jani Sievinen
Bronze: CAN Curtis Myden

Summary

The Olympic final shaped up to be a classic battle between the world champion and two home favourites.

The world champion was Jani Sievinen of Finland, who was on a run of 39 final victories in the event, while the world record holder at 400 metres, America’s Tom Dolan, and his compatriot Greg Burgess were his chief rivals. Dolan’s stock rose when he won his favoured 400 IM just as Sievinen’s fell when he failed to reach the final.

Sievinen returned to form and was the fastest qualifier for the final ahead of Dutchman Marcel Wouda and Canada’s Curtis Myden. Myden led the field for the first 50 metres but on the backstroke leg Attila Czene of Hungary, swimming over in lane one, forged ahead. The pack gained on him during the second half of the race and Sievinen was pressing him hard at the finish but Czene was able to hold off his pursuers and gain a surprising victory.

A month after the Games it was revealed how lucky Czene was to be competing in Atlanta. A few weeks prior to the Olympics he had still not recorded a qualifying time so the Hungarian Swimming Federation invented a non-existent meeting and submitted concocted times to the IOC to ensure he (and a dozen other swimmers) were eligible to compete in Atlanta. The Hungarian Swimming Federation were punished for their dishonesty although Czene was allowed to keep his Olympic title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Attila Czene 22 Hungary HUN Gold OR
2 Jani Sievinen 22 Finland FIN Silver
3 Curtis Myden 22 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Marcel Wouda 24 Netherlands NED
5 Matt Dunn 22 Australia AUS
6 Greg Burgess 24 United States USA
7 Tom Dolan 20 United States USA
8 Xavier Marchand 22 France FRA
9 Christian Keller 23 Germany GER
10 Martin van der Spoel 25 Netherlands NED
11 Luca Sacchi 28 Italy ITA
12 Stev Theloke 18 Germany GER
13 Serghei Mariniuc 27 Moldova MDA
14 Tatsuya Kinugasa 21 Japan JPN
15 Ratapong Sirasanont 20 Thailand THA
16 Jo Yoshimi 26 Japan JPN
17 Marcin Maliński 23 Poland POL
18 Josef Horký 24 Czech Republic CZE
19 Petteri Lehtinen 22 Finland FIN
20 Walter Soza 23 Nicaragua NCA
21 Valērijs Kalmikovs 23 Latvia LAT
22 Attila Zubor 21 Hungary HUN
23 Serhiy Serhieiev 26 Ukraine UKR
24 Oleg Pukhnaty 21 Uzbekistan UZB
25 Krešimir Čač 20 Croatia CRO
26 Kim Bang-Hyeon 17 South Korea KOR
27 Arsenio López 17 Puerto Rico PUR
28 Simon Coombs 20 Australia AUS
29 Mark Kwok 19 Hong Kong HKG
30 Denislav Kalchev 23 Bulgaria BUL
31 Aleksandr Savitsky 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
32 Desmond Koh 23 Singapore SIN
33 Armando Serrano 24 Colombia COL
34 Gerald Koh 18 Singapore SIN
35 Kire Filipovski 23 Macedonia MKD
36 Wan Azlan Abdullah 21 Malaysia MAS
37 Sultan Al-Otaibi 26 Kuwait KUW
AC r1/2 Hem Lumphat 19 Cambodia CAM DQ
AC r1/2 Peter Mankoč 18 Slovenia SLO DQ