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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 50 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996

Gold: USA Amy Van Dyken
Silver: CHN Le Jingyi
Bronze: GER Sandra Völker

Summary

Le Jingyi of China had already won the 100 metres freestyle whilst America’s Amy Van Dyken had scored an upset victory in the 100 metres butterfly. The two women would meet again in the final of the 50 metres but could not count on having things all their own way as the final was a star-studded affair that included all the medalists from the 100 metre freestyle held earlier in the week.

Part of the ultra-competitive Van Dyken’s pre-race routine involved staring at her opponents in an attempt to intimidate them but this did not appear to work on the Chinese woman who went into the lead straight from the gun. For 45 metres Le held on to first place but in the closing metres Van Dyken accelerated past to win her third gold medal of the Games by just three hundredths of a second. Sandra Völker of Germany also won her third medal of the games by winning bronze in this race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Amy Van Dyken 23 United States USA Gold
2 Le Jingyi 21 China CHN Silver
3 Sandra Völker 22 Germany GER Bronze
4 Angel Martino 29 United States USA
5 Leah Martindale 18 Barbados BAR
6 Linda Olofsson 23 Sweden SWE
7 Shan Ying 17 China CHN
8 Nataliya Meshcheryakova 24 Russia RUS
9 Marianne Muis 27 Netherlands NED
10 Angela Postma 24 Netherlands NED
11 Claudia Franco 20 Spain ESP
12 Sumika Minamoto 17 Japan JPN
13 Yevgeniya Yermakova 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
14 Simone Osygus 27 Germany GER
15 Karen Van Wirdum 25 Australia AUS
16 Laura Petrutytė 19 Lithuania LTU
17 Vibeke Lambersøy Johansen 17 Norway NOR
18 Rania El-Wani 18 Egypt EGY
19 Siobhan Cropper 18 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
20T Sarah Ryan 19 Australia AUS
20T Judith Draxler 26 Austria AUT
22T Blanca Cerón 21 Spain ESP
22T Sue Rolph 18 Great Britain GBR
24 Marianne Kriel 24 South Africa RSA
25 Metka Sparavec 17 Slovenia SLO
26 Martine Dessureault 22 Canada CAN
27 Luminiţa Dobrescu 25 Romania ROU
28 Mette Nørskov Nielsen 21 Denmark DEN
29T Casey Legler 19 France FRA
29T Laura Nicholls 17 Canada CAN
31 Dita Želvienė 28 Lithuania LTU
32 Dominique Diezi 19 Switzerland SUI
33 Eileen Marie Coparropa 15 Panama PAN
34 Minna Salmela 25 Finland FIN
35 Alison Fitch 16 New Zealand NZL
36 Monica Dahl 21 Namibia NAM
37 Elín Sigurðardóttir 23 Iceland ISL
38 Lin Chien-Ju 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
39 Valeria Álvarez 18 Argentina ARG
40 Alena Popchanka 16 Belarus BLR
41 Seo So-Yeong 15 South Korea KOR
42 Gyöngyvér Lakos 19 Hungary HUN
43 Teresa Moodie 17 Zimbabwe ZIM
44 Joscelin Yeo 17 Singapore SIN
45 Duška Radan 18 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
46 Gabrijela Ujčić 19 Croatia CRO
47 Agnese Ozoliņa 16 Latvia LAT
48 Sangeeta Puri 16 India IND
49 Verónica Prono 18 Paraguay PAR
50 Gail Rizzo 17 Malta MLT
51 Gillian Thomson 21 Philippines PHI
52 Võ Trần Trương An 15 Vietnam VIE
53 Ingrid Louis 18 Mauritius MRI
54 Monika Bakale 17 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
55 Nishma Gurung 16 Nepal NEP