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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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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: USA Amy Van Dyken
Silver: CHN Liu Limin
Bronze: USA Angel Martino

Summary

Cheered on by an ecstatic home crowd Amy Van Dyken, a freestyle swimmer who had previously only dabbled with butterfly, produced a major shock when she defeated the favoured swimmers from China and Australia. Van Dyken and Le Jingyi fought a duel throughout the course of the race that was only decided by a hundredth of a second in the American.

Afterwards Le blamed the below par performances of the Chinese on the lack of suitable Chinese food in the Olympic Village. She commented “If we can't eat, how can we have a good performance?"

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Amy Van Dyken 23 United States USA Gold
2 Liu Limin 20 China CHN Silver
3 Angel Martino 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Hitomi Kashima 16 Japan JPN
5 Susie O'Neill 22 Australia AUS
6 Ayari Aoyama 14 Japan JPN
7 Cai Huijue 16 China CHN
8 Mette Jacobsen 23 Denmark DEN
9 Johanna Sjöberg 18 Sweden SWE
10 Yelena Nazemnova 16 Russia RUS
11 Sophia Skou 20 Denmark DEN
12 Julia Voitovitsch 19 Germany GER
13 Cécile Jeanson 23 France FRA
14 Gabrielle Rose 18 Brazil BRA
15 Sarah Evanetz 21 Canada CAN
16 Svetlana Pozdeyeva 19 Russia RUS
17 Ilaria Tocchini 28 Italy ITA
18 Angela Kennedy 20 Australia AUS
19 María Peláez 18 Spain ESP
20 Nataliya Zolotukhina 19 Ukraine UKR
21 Anna Uryniuk 22 Poland POL
22 Marja Pärssinen-Päivinen 25 Finland FIN
23 Loredana Zisu 17 Romania ROU
24 Joscelin Yeo 17 Singapore SIN
25 Jessica Amey 19 Canada CAN
26 Ana Francisco 15 Portugal POR
27 Caroline Foot 31 Great Britain GBR
28 Praphalsai Minpraphal 18 Thailand THA
29 Eydis Konráðsdóttir 18 Iceland ISL
30 Mandy Loots 17 South Africa RSA
31 Edit Klocker 16 Hungary HUN
32 Marion Madine 25 Ireland IRL
33 Marcela Kubalčíková 23 Czech Republic CZE
34 María Pereyra 18 Argentina ARG
35 Natalia Baranovskaya-Khatziloizou 17 Belarus BLR
36 Nida Zuhal 21 Turkey TUR
37 Nataša Meškovska 24 Macedonia MKD
38 Hsieh Shu-Ting 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
39 Dita Želvienė 28 Lithuania LTU
40 Marina Karystinou 20 Greece GRE
41 Park U-Hui 16 South Korea KOR
42 Gabrijela Ujčić 19 Croatia CRO