Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics

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At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 44 events in athletics were contested, 24 by men and 20 by women. There were a total number of 2053 participating athletes from 191 countries.

Medal winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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 Donovan Bailey (CAN) 9.84
(WR)
 Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 9.89  Ato Boldon (TRI) 9.90
200 metres
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 Michael Johnson (USA) 19.32
(WR)
 Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 19.68 (AR)  Ato Boldon (TRI) 19.80
400 metres
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 Michael Johnson (USA) 43.49
(OR)
 Roger Black (GBR) 44.41  Davis Kamoga (UGA) 44.53
800 metres
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 Vebjørn Rodal (NOR) 1:42.58
(OR)
 Hezekiél Sepeng (RSA) 1:42.74  Fred Onyancha (KEN) 1:42.79
1500 metres
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 Noureddine Morceli (ALG) 3:35.78  Fermín Cacho (ESP) 3:36.40  Stephen Kipkorir (KEN) 3:36.72
5000 metres
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 Vénuste Niyongabo (BDI) 13:07.96  Paul Bitok (KEN) 13:08.16  Khalid Boulami (MAR) 13:08.37
10,000 metres
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 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 27:07.34
(OR)
 Paul Tergat (KEN) 27:08.17  Salah Hissou (MAR) 27:28.59
110 metres hurdles
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 Allen Johnson (USA) 12.95
(OR)
 Mark Crear (USA) 13.09  Florian Schwarthoff (GER) 13.17
400 metres hurdles
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 Derrick Adkins (USA) 47.54  Samuel Matete (ZAM) 47.78  Calvin Davis (USA) 47.96
3000 metres steeplechase
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 Joseph Keter (KEN) 8:07.12  Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 8:08.33  Alessandro Lambruschini (ITA) 8:11.28
4×100 metres relay
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 Canada (CAN)
Robert Esmie
Glenroy Gilbert
Bruny Surin
Donovan Bailey
Carlton Chambers*
37.69  United States (USA)
Jon Drummond
Tim Harden
Michael Marsh
Dennis Mitchell
Tim Montgomery*
38.05  Brazil (BRA)
Arnaldo da Silva
Robson da Silva
Édson Ribeiro
André da Silva
38.41
4×400 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
LaMont Smith
Alvin Harrison
Derek Mills
Anthuan Maybank
Jason Rouser*
2:55.99  Great Britain (GBR)
Iwan Thomas
Jamie Baulch
Mark Richardson
Roger Black
Mark Hylton*
Du'aine Ladejo*
2:56.60  Jamaica (JAM)
Michael McDonald
Greg Haughton
Roxbert Martin
Davian Clarke
Dennis Blake*
Garth Robinson*
2:59.42
Marathon
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 Josia Thugwane (RSA) 2:12:36  Lee Bong-Ju (KOR) 2:12:39  Erick Wainaina (KEN) 2:12:44
20 kilometres walk
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 Jefferson Pérez (ECU) 1:20:07  Ilya Markov (RUS) 1:20:16  Bernardo Segura (MEX) 1:20:23
50 kilometres walk
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 Robert Korzeniowski (POL) 3:43:30  Mikhail Shchennikov (RUS) 3:43:36  Valentí Massana (ESP) 3:44:19
Long jump
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 Carl Lewis (USA) 8.50 m  James Beckford (JAM) 8.29 m  Joe Greene (USA) 8.24 m
Triple jump
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 Kenny Harrison (USA) 18.09 m
(OR)
 Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 17.88 m  Yoelbi Quesada (CUB) 17.44 m
High jump
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 Charles Austin (USA) 2.39 m
(OR)
 Artur Partyka (POL) 2.37 m  Steve Smith (GBR) 2.35 m
Pole vault
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 Jean Galfione (FRA) 5.92 m  Igor Trandenkov (RUS) 5.92 m  Andrei Tivontchik (GER) 5.92 m
Shot put
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 Randy Barnes (USA) 21.62 m  John Godina (USA) 20.79 m  Oleksandr Bagach (UKR) 20.75 m
Discus throw
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 Lars Riedel (GER) 69.40 m  Vladimir Dubrovshchik (BLR) 66.60 m  Vasiliy Kaptyukh (BLR) 65.80 m
Javelin throw
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 Jan Železný (CZE) 88.16 m  Steve Backley (GBR) 87.44 m  Seppo Räty (FIN) 86.98 m
Hammer throw
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 Balázs Kiss (HUN) 81.24 m  Lance Deal (USA) 81.12 m  Oleksandr Krykun (UKR) 80.02 m
Decathlon
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 Dan O'Brien (USA) 8824 pts  Frank Busemann (GER) 8706 pts  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) 8664 pts

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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 Gail Devers (USA) 10.94  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 10.94  Gwen Torrence (USA) 10.96
200 metres
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 Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 22.12  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 22.24  Mary Onyali (NGR) 22.38
400 metres
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 Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25
(OR)
 Cathy Freeman (AUS) 48.63  Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR) 49.10
800 metres
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 Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 1:57.73  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:58.11  Maria de Lurdes Mutola (MOZ) 1:58.71
1500 metres
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 Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 4:00.83  Gabriela Szabo (ROU) 4:01.54  Theresia Kiesl (AUT) 4:03.02
(NR)
5000 metres
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 Wang Junxia (CHN) 14:59.88
(OR)
 Pauline Konga (KEN) 15:03.49  Roberta Brunet (ITA) 15:07.52
10,000 metres
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 Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 31:01.63
(OR)
 Wang Junxia (CHN) 31:02.59  Gete Wami (ETH) 31:06.65
100 metres hurdles
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 Ludmila Engquist (SWE) 12.58  Brigita Bukovec (SLO) 12.59  Patricia Girard (FRA) 12.65
400 metres hurdles
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 Deon Hemmings (JAM) 52.82
(OR)
 Kim Batten (USA) 53.08  Tonja Buford-Bailey (USA) 53.22
4×100 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Chryste Gaines
Gail Devers
Inger Miller
Gwen Torrence
Carlette Guidry*
41.95  Bahamas (BAH)
Eldece Clarke
Chandra Sturrup
Savatheda Fynes
Pauline Davis-Thompson
Debbie Ferguson*
42.14  Jamaica (JAM)
Michelle Freeman
Juliet Cuthbert
Nikole Mitchell
Merlene Ottey
Gillian Russell*
Andrea Lloyd*
42.24
4×400 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Rochelle Stevens
Maicel Malone-Wallace
Kim Graham
Jearl Miles
Linetta Wilson*
3:20.91  Nigeria (NGR)
Olabisi Afolabi
Fatima Yusuf
Charity Opara
Falilat Ogunkoya
3:21.04  Germany (GER)
Uta Rohländer
Linda Kisabaka
Anja Rücker
Grit Breuer
3:21.14
Marathon
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 Fatuma Roba (ETH) 2:26:05  Valentina Yegorova (RUS) 2:28:05  Yuko Arimori (JPN) 2:28:39
10 kilometres walk
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 Yelena Nikolayeva (RUS) 41:49
(OR)
 Elisabetta Perrone (ITA) 42;12  Wang Yan (CHN) 42:19
Long jump
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 Chioma Ajunwa (NGR) 7.12 m  Fiona May (ITA) 7.02 m  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.00 m
Triple jump
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 Inessa Kravets (UKR) 15.33 m
(OR)
 Inna Lasovskaya (RUS) 14.98 m  Šárka Kašpárková (CZE) 14.98 m
High jump
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 Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.05 m  Niki Bakoyianni (GRE) 2.03 m  Inha Babakova (UKR) 2.01 m
Shot put
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 Astrid Kumbernuss (GER) 20.56 m  Sui Xinmei (CHN) 19.88 m  Irina Khudoroshkina (RUS) 19.35 m
Discus throw
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 Ilke Wyludda (GER) 69.66 m  Natalya Sadova (RUS) 66.48 m  Ellina Zvereva (BLR) 65.64 m
Javelin throw
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 Heli Rantanen (FIN) 67.94 m  Louise McPaul (AUS) 65.54 m  Trine Hattestad (NOR) 64.98 m
Heptathlon
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 Ghada Shouaa (SYR) 6780 pts  Natallia Sazanovich (BLR) 6563 pts  Denise Lewis (GBR) 6489 pts

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 13 5 5 23
2  Russia (RUS) 3 6 1 10
3  Germany (GER) 3 1 3 7
4  France (FRA) 3 0 1 4
5  Ethiopia (ETH) 2 0 1 3
6  Canada (CAN) 2 0 0 2
7  Kenya (KEN) 1 4 3 8
8  Jamaica (JAM) 1 3 2 6
9  China (CHN) 1 2 1 4
10  Nigeria (NGR) 1 1 2 4
11  Poland (POL) 1 1 0 2
 South Africa (RSA) 1 1 0 2
13  Ukraine (UKR) 1 0 3 4
14  Czech Republic (CZE) 1 0 2 3
15  Finland (FIN) 1 0 1 2
 Norway (NOR) 1 0 1 2
17  Algeria (ALG) 1 0 0 1
 Bulgaria (BUL) 1 0 0 1
 Burundi (BDI) 1 0 0 1
 Ecuador (ECU) 1 0 0 1
 Hungary (HUN) 1 0 0 1
 Portugal (POR) 1 0 0 1
 Sweden (SWE) 1 0 0 1
 Syria (SYR) 1 0 0 1
25  Great Britain (GBR) 0 4 2 6
26  Belarus (BLR) 0 2 2 4
 Italy (ITA) 0 2 2 4
28  Australia (AUS) 0 2 0 2
 Namibia (NAM) 0 2 0 2
30  Cuba (CUB) 0 1 1 2
 Spain (ESP) 0 1 1 2
32  Bahamas (BAH) 0 1 0 1
 Greece (GRE) 0 1 0 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
 Romania (ROU) 0 1 0 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 1 0 1
 Zambia (ZAM) 0 1 0 1
38  Morocco (MAR) 0 0 2 2
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 0 0 2 2
40  Austria (AUT) 0 0 1 1
 Brazil (BRA) 0 0 1 1
 Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
 Mexico (MEX) 0 0 1 1
 Mozambique (MOZ) 0 0 1 1
 Uganda (UGA) 0 0 1 1

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 190 nations participated in the different Athletics events at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of athletes representing each nation.

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