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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women'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 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 24, 1996

Gold: IRL Michelle Smith
Silver: CAN Marianne Limpert
Bronze: CHN Lin Li

Summary

On July 20 Michelle Smith won Ireland’s first gold medal in Olympic swimming in the 400 metres medley. Two days later she added the 400 metres freestyle title to her collection. By July 24 and her third Olympic final the whole country of Ireland were obsessing over Michelle Smith’s Olympic exploits. There were even stories of pubs in rural Ireland who were illegally extending their opening hours so customers could watch her Olympic races and celebrate her victories.

The third and last of Smith’s victories was the hardest of the three. She led at 100 metres but slumped back to fourth over his breaststroke leg before counterattacking over the last fifty to edge home in front of Canadian Marianne Limpert. When Smith was convicted of tampering with a urine sample in 1998 and subsequently banned from the sport, the Canadian authorities asked the IOC to consider stripping Smith of her Olympic medals but nothing came of this.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michelle Smith 26 Ireland IRL Gold
2 Marianne Limpert 23 Canada CAN Silver
3 Lin Li 25 China CHN Bronze
4 Joanne Malar 20 Canada CAN
5 Elli Overton 22 Australia AUS
6 Allison Wagner 18 United States USA
7 Minouche Smit 21 Netherlands NED
8 Louise Karlsson 22 Sweden SWE
9 Kristine Quance 21 United States USA
10 Wu Yanyan 18 China CHN
11 Sabine Herbst-Klenz 22 Germany GER
12 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 20 Romania ROU
13 Martina Moravcová 20 Slovakia SVK
14 Britta Vestergaard 21 Denmark DEN
15 Alicja Pęczak 26 Poland POL
16 Silvia Parera 26 Spain ESP
17 Emma Johnson 16 Australia AUS QC
18 Brigitte Becue 23 Belgium BEL
19 Alenka Kejžar 17 Slovenia SLO
20 Lenka Maňhalová 21 Czech Republic CZE
21 Sue Rolph 18 Great Britain GBR
22 Gabrielle Rose 18 Brazil BRA
23 Katia Sarakatsani 19 Greece GRE
24 Elin Austevoll 21 Norway NOR
25 Anna Wilson 19 New Zealand NZL
26 Darya Shmelyova 20 Russia RUS
27 Julia Russell 21 South Africa RSA
28 Fumie Kurotori 20 Japan JPN
29 Olena Lapunova 15 Ukraine UKR
30 Martina Nemec 20 Austria AUT
31 Carolyn Adel 17 Suriname SUR
32 Joscelin Yeo 17 Singapore SIN
33 Petra Chaves 18 Portugal POR
34 Praphalsai Minpraphal 18 Thailand THA
35 Lee Ji-Hyeon 16 South Korea KOR
36 Nadège Cliton 18 France FRA
37 Sonia Álvarez 20 Puerto Rico PUR
38 Gillian Thomson 21 Philippines PHI
39 Olga Bogatyreva 16 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
40 Beáta Újhelyi 16 Hungary HUN
41 Tsai Shu-Min 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
42 Meritxell Sabate 15 Andorra AND
43 Mira Ghniem 13 Jordan JOR