Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 24, 1996
[RafaÅ SzukaÅa] of Poland might have been world champion but it was clear that the two best in the world in this event were [Denis Pankratov] of Russia and [Scott Miller] of Australia. The two proved this beyond a doubt by being the only two to qualify for the final by swimming under 53 seconds in the heats.
Pankratov blitzed the field in the first 50 metres while Miller floundered down in sixth place. The Australian picked up his pace in the second half and moved through the field up to second place. The Russian could not be caught for gold and he finished in 52.27 to take 0.05 secs off his own world record. Silver medalist Miller set the third fastest time ever but still finished a quarter of a second down on Pankratov. Another Russian, [Vladislav Kulikov] finished third. This victory completed the butterfly double for Pankratov.