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
Canada (CAN)
9.84
(WR)
 Frankie Fredericks
Namibia (NAM)
9.89  Ato Boldon
Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
9.90
200 metres
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 Michael Johnson
United States (USA)
19.32
(WR)
 Frankie Fredericks
Namibia (NAM)
19.68 (AR)  Ato Boldon
Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
19.80
400 metres
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 Michael Johnson
United States (USA)
43.49
(OR)
 Roger Black
Great Britain (GBR)
44.41  Davis Kamoga
Uganda (UGA)
44.53
800 metres
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 Vebjørn Rodal
Norway (NOR)
1:42.58
(OR)
 Hezekiél Sepeng
South Africa (RSA)
1:42.74  Fred Onyancha
Kenya (KEN)
1:42.79
1500 metres
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 Noureddine Morceli
Algeria (ALG)
3:35.78  Fermín Cacho
Spain (ESP)
3:36.40  Stephen Kipkorir
Kenya (KEN)
3:36.72
5000 metres
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 Vénuste Niyongabo
Burundi (BDI)
13:07.96  Paul Bitok
Kenya (KEN)
13:08.16  Khalid Boulami
Morocco (MAR)
13:08.37
10,000 metres
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 Haile Gebrselassie
Ethiopia (ETH)
27:07.34
(OR)
 Paul Tergat
Kenya (KEN)
27:08.17  Salah Hissou
Morocco (MAR)
27:28.59
110 metres hurdles
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 Allen Johnson
United States (USA)
12.95
(OR)
 Mark Crear
United States (USA)
13.09  Florian Schwarthoff
Germany (GER)
13.17
400 metres hurdles
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 Derrick Adkins
United States (USA)
47.54  Samuel Matete
Zambia (ZAM)
47.78  Calvin Davis
United States (USA)
47.96
3000 metres steeplechase
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 Joseph Keter
Kenya (KEN)
8:07.12  Moses Kiptanui
Kenya (KEN)
8:08.33  Alessandro Lambruschini
Italy (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
South Africa (RSA)
2:12:36  Lee Bong-Ju
South Korea (KOR)
2:12:39  Erick Wainaina
Kenya (KEN)
2:12:44
20 kilometres walk
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 Jefferson Pérez
Ecuador (ECU)
1:20:07  Ilya Markov
Russia (RUS)
1:20:16  Bernardo Segura
Mexico (MEX)
1:20:23
50 kilometres walk
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 Robert Korzeniowski
Poland (POL)
3:43:30  Mikhail Shchennikov
Russia (RUS)
3:43:36  Valentí Massana
Spain (ESP)
3:44:19
Long jump
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 Carl Lewis
United States (USA)
8.50 m  James Beckford
Jamaica (JAM)
8.29 m  Joe Greene
United States (USA)
8.24 m
Triple jump
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 Kenny Harrison
United States (USA)
18.09 m
(OR)
 Jonathan Edwards
Great Britain (GBR)
17.88 m  Yoelbi Quesada
Cuba (CUB)
17.44 m
High jump
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 Charles Austin
United States (USA)
2.39 m
(OR)
 Artur Partyka
Poland (POL)
2.37 m  Steve Smith
Great Britain (GBR)
2.35 m
Pole vault
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 Jean Galfione
France (FRA)
5.92 m  Igor Trandenkov
Russia (RUS)
5.92 m  Andrei Tivontchik
Germany (GER)
5.92 m
Shot put
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 Randy Barnes
United States (USA)
21.62 m  John Godina
United States (USA)
20.79 m  Oleksandr Bagach
Ukraine (UKR)
20.75 m
Discus throw
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 Lars Riedel
Germany (GER)
69.40 m  Vladimir Dubrovshchik
Belarus (BLR)
66.60 m  Vasiliy Kaptyukh
Belarus (BLR)
65.80 m
Javelin throw
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 Jan Železný
Czech Republic (CZE)
88.16 m  Steve Backley
Great Britain (GBR)
87.44 m  Seppo Räty
Finland (FIN)
86.98 m
Hammer throw
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 Balázs Kiss
Hungary (HUN)
81.24 m  Lance Deal
United States (USA)
81.12 m  Oleksandr Krykun
Ukraine (UKR)
80.02 m
Decathlon
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 Dan O'Brien
United States (USA)
8824 pts  Frank Busemann
Germany (GER)
8706 pts  Tomáš Dvořák
Czech Republic (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
United States (USA)
10.94  Merlene Ottey
Jamaica (JAM)
10.94  Gwen Torrence
United States (USA)
10.96
200 metres
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 Marie-José Pérec
France (FRA)
22.12  Merlene Ottey
Jamaica (JAM)
22.24  Mary Onyali
Nigeria (NGR)
22.38
400 metres
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 Marie-José Pérec
France (FRA)
48.25
(OR)
 Cathy Freeman
Australia (AUS)
48.63  Falilat Ogunkoya
Nigeria (NGR)
49.10
800 metres
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 Svetlana Masterkova
Russia (RUS)
1:57.73  Ana Fidelia Quirot
Cuba (CUB)
1:58.11  Maria de Lurdes Mutola
Mozambique (MOZ)
1:58.71
1500 metres
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 Svetlana Masterkova
Russia (RUS)
4:00.83  Gabriela Szabo
Romania (ROU)
4:01.54  Theresia Kiesl
Austria (AUT)
4:03.02
(NR)
5000 metres
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 Wang Junxia
China (CHN)
14:59.88
(OR)
 Pauline Konga
Kenya (KEN)
15:03.49  Roberta Brunet
Italy (ITA)
15:07.52
10,000 metres
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 Fernanda Ribeiro
Portugal (POR)
31:01.63
(OR)
 Wang Junxia
China (CHN)
31:02.59  Gete Wami
Ethiopia (ETH)
31:06.65
100 metres hurdles
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 Ludmila Engquist
Sweden (SWE)
12.58  Brigita Bukovec
Slovenia (SLO)
12.59  Patricia Girard
France (FRA)
12.65
400 metres hurdles
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 Deon Hemmings
Jamaica (JAM)
52.82
(OR)
 Kim Batten
United States (USA)
53.08  Tonja Buford-Bailey
United States (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
Ethiopia (ETH)
2:26:05  Valentina Yegorova
Russia (RUS)
2:28:05  Yuko Arimori
Japan (JPN)
2:28:39
10 kilometres walk
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 Yelena Nikolayeva
Russia (RUS)
41:49
(OR)
 Elisabetta Perrone
Italy (ITA)
42;12  Wang Yan
China (CHN)
42:19
Long jump
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 Chioma Ajunwa
Nigeria (NGR)
7.12 m  Fiona May
Italy (ITA)
7.02 m  Jackie Joyner-Kersee
United States (USA)
7.00 m
Triple jump
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 Inessa Kravets
Ukraine (UKR)
15.33 m
(OR)
 Inna Lasovskaya
Russia (RUS)
14.98 m  Šárka Kašpárková
Czech Republic (CZE)
14.98 m
High jump
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 Stefka Kostadinova
Bulgaria (BUL)
2.05 m  Niki Bakoyianni
Greece (GRE)
2.03 m  Inha Babakova
Ukraine (UKR)
2.01 m
Shot put
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 Astrid Kumbernuss
Germany (GER)
20.56 m  Sui Xinmei
China (CHN)
19.88 m  Irina Khudoroshkina
Russia (RUS)
19.35 m
Discus throw
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 Ilke Wyludda
Germany (GER)
69.66 m  Natalya Sadova
Russia (RUS)
66.48 m  Ellina Zvereva
Belarus (BLR)
65.64 m
Javelin throw
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 Heli Rantanen
Finland (FIN)
67.94 m  Louise McPaul
Australia (AUS)
65.54 m  Trine Hattestad
Norway (NOR)
64.98 m
Heptathlon
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 Ghada Shouaa
Syria (SYR)
6780 pts  Natallia Sazanovich
Belarus (BLR)
6563 pts  Denise Lewis
Great Britain (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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