Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 1996
Since the Seoul Olympics Americaâs [Jeff Rouse] had been the worldâs outstanding sprint backstroker. His career had however been blighted by defeats in the two most high profile races, the 1992 Olympic final and the 1994 World Championship final and his critics saw this as proof that he was a choker. In Atlanta he got rid of that unwanted title once and for all.
Rouse was the fastest in the heats then imposed himself on the final by blasting ahead straight from the gun and was untroubled in winning the gold medal. The big surprises of the event were a duo from Cuba, [Rodolfo FalcÃ³n] and [Neisser Bent]. Both men took large chunks of time off their previous best times to finish on the podium. Cuba had never before, and as of 2012, has never again, won an Olympic swimming medal.