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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: July 21, 1996

Gold: USA Tom Dolan
Silver: USA Eric Namesnik
Bronze: CAN Curtis Myden

Summary

Even if the Olympics had not been in his home country Tom Dolan would have been a strong favourite. The swimmer had not lost a race since 1993 and was the reigning World Championship and Pan-Pacific gold medalist in addition to holding the world record in the event. However Dolan was not at his best in Atlanta and the final developed into a much closer race than predicted. Curtis Myden of Canada led Dolan and fellow American Eric Namesnik after the butterfly leg with the two US swimmers then gaining on the Canadian over the next 100 metres.

At half way Dolan and Nemesnik were absolutely level and the lead swapped back and forth for the next three lengths of the pool. Over the last 50 metres the two men battled furiously and Dolan just had enough left for victory, as Myden held on for third place. Both Dolan, Nemesnik and fifth place finisher Marcel Wouda were alumni of the University of Michigan.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tom Dolan 20 United States USA Gold
2 Eric Namesnik 25 United States USA Silver
3 Curtis Myden 22 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Matt Dunn 22 Australia AUS
5 Marcel Wouda 24 Netherlands NED
6 Luca Sacchi 28 Italy ITA
7 Marcin Maliński 23 Poland POL
8 Serghei Mariniuc 27 Moldova MDA
9 Frederik Hviid 21 Spain ESP
10 Toshiaki Kurasawa 20 Japan JPN
11 Tatsuya Kinugasa 21 Japan JPN
12 Ratapong Sirasanont 20 Thailand THA
13 Alejandro Bermúdez 21 Colombia COL
14 Josef Horký 24 Czech Republic CZE
15 Trent Steed 19 Australia AUS
AC r2/2 István Batházi 17 Hungary HUN DQ
17 Jani Sievinen 22 Finland FIN QC
18 Valērijs Kalmikovs 23 Latvia LAT
19 Gergő Kiss 19 Hungary HUN
20 Mark Kwok 19 Hong Kong HKG
21 Kim Bang-Hyeon 17 South Korea KOR
22 Walter Soza 23 Nicaragua NCA
23 Krešimir Čač 20 Croatia CRO
24 Aleksandar Malenko 17 Macedonia MKD
25 Arsenio López 17 Puerto Rico PUR
26 Desmond Koh 23 Singapore SIN
27 Wan Azlan Abdullah 21 Malaysia MAS