Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 1996
|Gold:||Amy Van Dyken|
Cheered on by an ecstatic home crowd [Amy Van Dyken], a freestyle swimmer who had previously only dabbled with butterfly, produced a major shock when she defeated the favoured swimmers from China and Australia. Van Dyken and [Le Jingyi] fought a duel throughout the course of the race that was only decided by a hundredth of a second in the American.
Afterwards Le blamed the below par performances of the Chinese on the lack of suitable Chinese food in the Olympic Village. She commented âIf we can't eat, how can we have a good performance?"