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Handball at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: August 4, 1996
Events: 2

Participants: 299 (182 men and 117 women) from 18 countries
Youngest Participant: ANG Justina Praça (17 years, 62 days)
Oldest Participant: CHN Wang Tao (39 years, 43 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 95 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 6 countries with 1 medal


There were no format changes in handball in Atlanta. As in Barcelona, twelve men's teams and eight women's teams competed for Olympic glory. In both competitions, the title was won by a débutant. Croatia won the men's gold, although five of its players had already won Olympic bronze in 1988, while still playing for Yugoslavia. On the women's side, Denmark started a dominance of Olympic handball that would last through the 2004 Athens Games.