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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 1996

Gold: NZL Danyon Loader
Silver: GBR Paul Palmer
Bronze: AUS Daniel Kowalski


At the start of the Olympic year the red-hot favourite for the Olympic title was the man who was both world champion and world record holder, [Kieren Perkins] of Australia. This changed after the events of the Australian trials where Perkins could only manage to finish third and so missed out on a place on the Olympic team. The world leader for 2012 was [Tom Dolan] of the USA but he disappointed in the heats and missed the final.

The final followed the same pattern as the 200 metres freestyle final that was held three days earlier. Perennial frontrunner [Anders Holmertz] took the lead and tried to hang on as long as he could. In this race it meant he led until just before the 300 m mark when [Danyon Loader] drew upsides him and power passed. At the end of the race Loader’s lead was over a second ahead of Britain’s [Paul Palmer] with [Daniel Kowalski]’s finishing effort not quite being enough to deprive Palmer of the silver medal.

After a century without a New Zealander winning an Olympic swimming gold medal, Loader’s win was the second in 72 hours

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Danyon Loader 21 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Paul Palmer 21 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Daniel Kowalski 21 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Emiliano Brembilla 17 Italy ITA
5 Anders Holmertz 27 Sweden SWE
6 Massimiliano Rosolino 18 Italy ITA
7 Jörg Hoffmann 26 Germany GER
8 Jacob Carstensen 17 Denmark DEN
9 John Piersma 21 United States USA
10 Sebastian Wiese 24 Germany GER
11 Ryk Neethling 18 South Africa RSA
12 Ihor Snitko 17 Ukraine UKR
13 Malcolm Allen 23 Australia AUS
14 Aleksey Akatyev 21 Russia RUS
15 Yann de Fabrique 23 France FRA
16 Dimitrios Manganas 18 Greece GRE
17 Tom Dolan 20 United States USA QC
18 Luiz Lima 18 Brazil BRA
19 Torlarp Sethsothorn 16 Thailand THA
20 Jure Bučar 30 Slovenia SLO
21 Alejandro Bermúdez 21 Colombia COL
22 Miroslav Vučetić 19 Croatia CRO
23 Béla Szabados 22 Hungary HUN
24 Hisato Yasui 20 Japan JPN
25 Ricardo Monasterio 17 Venezuela VEN
26 Andrey Kvasov 20 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
27 Can Ergenekan 24 Turkey TUR
28 Agustín Fiorilli 17 Argentina ARG
29 Mark Kwok 19 Hong Kong HKG
30 U Cheol 18 South Korea KOR
31 Andrei Zaharov 20 Moldova MDA
32 Hicham El-Masry 23 Syria SYR
33 Sng Ju Wei 16 Singapore SIN
34 Omar Dallal 15 Jordan JOR