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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 100 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: CHN Le Jingyi
Silver: GER Sandra Völker
Bronze: USA Angel Martino

Summary

In the early to mid-90s China broke through to dominate women’s swimming. This culminated at the 1994 World Championships where Chinese female swimmers won 19 medals including 12 golds. Skeptics noted that Chinese men had not won a single medal at these championships and pointed the similarity of these performances to those of swimmers of the German Democratic Republic during their glory years of the 1970s and 80s. The most outspoken critics also noted that a number of coaches from the now discredited East German regime were now plying their trade in China. These fears appeared to be proved true when eleven athletes tested positive for dihydrotestosterone at the 1994 Asian Games.

Le Jingyi was the only one of this generation of Chinese swimmers who arrived at the Atlanta Olympics as the clear favourite. Although she was not swimming as fast as she had done in 1994 she was still comfortably the best over the distance and was a relatively easy winner of the Olympic title.

Sandra Völker of Germany took the silver medal ahead of US team captain Angel Martino.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Le Jingyi 21 China CHN Gold
2 Sandra Völker 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Angel Martino 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Amy Van Dyken 23 United States USA
5 Franziska van Almsick 18 Germany GER
6 Sarah Ryan 19 Australia AUS
7 Mette Jacobsen 23 Denmark DEN
8 Karin Brienesse 27 Netherlands NED
9 Shan Ying 17 China CHN
10 Linda Olofsson 23 Sweden SWE
11 Luminiţa Dobrescu 25 Romania ROU
12 Leah Martindale 18 Barbados BAR
13 Nataliya Meshcheryakova 24 Russia RUS
14 Karen Pickering 24 Great Britain GBR
15 Martina Moravcová 20 Slovakia SVK
16 Sue Rolph 18 Great Britain GBR
17 Shannon Shakespeare 19 Canada CAN
18 Vibeke Lambersøy Johansen 17 Norway NOR
19 Rania El-Wani 18 Egypt EGY
20 Solenne Figuès 17 France FRA
21 Claudia Franco 20 Spain ESP
22 Minna Salmela 25 Finland FIN
23 Gabrielle Rose 18 Brazil BRA
24 Cecilia Vianini 19 Italy ITA
25 Sumika Minamoto 17 Japan JPN
26 Siobhan Cropper 18 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
27 Judith Draxler 26 Austria AUT
28 Metka Sparavec 17 Slovenia SLO
29 Alison Fitch 16 New Zealand NZL
30 Anna Nyíri 15 Hungary HUN
31 Tonia Makhaira 25 Greece GRE
32 Monica Dahl 21 Namibia NAM
33 Heleen Muller 18 South Africa RSA
34 Kristýna Kyněrová 17 Czech Republic CZE
35 Lee Bo-Eun 19 South Korea KOR
36 Sandrine Paquier 19 Switzerland SUI
37 Dita Želvienė 28 Lithuania LTU
38 Teresa Moodie 17 Zimbabwe ZIM
39 Svetlana Zhidko 16 Belarus BLR
40 Tsai Shu-Min 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
41 Joscelin Yeo 17 Singapore SIN
42 Yevgeniya Yermakova 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
43 Valeria Álvarez 18 Argentina ARG
44 Viktoriya Polyayeva 15 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
45 Gabrijela Ujčić 19 Croatia CRO
46 Duška Radan 18 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
47 Caroline Pickering 16 Fiji FIJ
48 Gail Rizzo 17 Malta MLT