Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Stone Mountain Velodrome, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996
Format: 1,000 metres.
The favorite was the 1995 World Champion, France’s [Félicia Ballanger]. Ballanger finished second in qualifying, which was surprisingly won by Australia’s [Michelle Ferris]. In the quarter-finals, Ballanger faced the 1988 and 1992 gold medalist, [Erika Salumäe] of Estonia, who had only made the quarters by advancing via the repêchage. Ballanger would defeat her in two straight races, and would not lose a race en route to the gold medal. In the final she defeated Ferris, who had advanced by defeating the 1992 bronze medalist, [Ingrid Haringa] (NED), in the semis. Haringa repeated as bronze medalist, defeating the 1992 silver medalist, Germany’s [Annett Neumann]. Over the next few years, Ballanger would establish herself as the top female sprinter in the world, winning the World Championships in 1996-1999 and defending her gold medal at Sydney in 2000.
|2 h1 r2/5||Connie Paraskevin-Young||35||United States||USA|
|2 h2 r2/5||Daniela Larreal||23||Venezuela||VEN|
|3 h1 r2/5||Donna Wynd||34||New Zealand||NZL|
|3 h2 r2/5||Mira Kasslin||18||Finland||FIN|
|13 QR||Rita Razmaitė||29||Lithuania||LTU|
|14 QR||Nancy Contreras||18||Mexico||MEX|