Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 1996
At the start of the Olympic year the red-hot favourite for the Olympic title was the man who was both world champion and world record holder, [Kieren Perkins] of Australia. This changed after the events of the Australian trials where Perkins could only manage to finish third and so missed out on a place on the Olympic team. The world leader for 1996 was [Tom Dolan] of the USA but he disappointed in the heats and missed the final.
The final followed the same pattern as the 200 metres freestyle final that was held three days earlier. Perennial frontrunner [Anders Holmertz] took the lead and tried to hang on as long as he could. In this race it meant he led until just before the 300 m mark when [Danyon Loader] drew upsides him and power passed. At the end of the race Loaderâs lead was over a second ahead of Britainâs [Paul Palmer] with [Daniel Kowalski]âs finishing effort not quite being enough to deprive Palmer of the silver medal.
After a century without a New Zealander winning an Olympic swimming gold medal, Loaderâs win was the second in 72 hours