1996 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1996 in athletics.

Major Events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
100 m Donovan Bailey  Canada 9.84 Olympic Games United States Atlanta, United States 27 July
200 m Michael Johnson  United States 19.66 United States Atlanta, United States 23 June
200 m Michael Johnson  United States 19.32 Olympic Games United States Atlanta, United States 1 August
3000 m Daniel Komen  Kenya 7:20.67 Italy Rieti, Italy 1 September
10,000 m Salah Hissou  Morocco 26:38.08 Belgium Brussels, Belgium 23 August
Javelin throw Jan Železný  Czech Republic 98.48 m Germany Jena, Germany 1 September

Women[edit]

Event Athlete Nation Performance Meeting Place Date
3000 m steeplechase Sara Heeb  United States 10:34.5 United States Walnut, United States 20 April
3000 m steeplechase Gracie Padilla  United States 10:30.2 United States Los Angeles, United States 17 May
3000 m steeplechase Courtney Meldrum  United States 10:23.47 United States Atlanta, United States 23 June
Pole vault Emma George  Australia 4.41 m Australia Perth, Australia 28 January
Pole vault Emma George  Australia 4.42 m France Reims, France 29 June
Pole vault Emma George  Australia 4.45 m Japan Sapporo, Japan 14 July
Hammer throw Olga Kuzenkova  Russia 68.20 m Australia Sydney, Australia 8 February
Hammer throw Olga Kuzenkova  Russia 69.46 m Australia Sydney, Australia 17 February

Awards[edit]

Men[edit]

1996 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS ATHLETE
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Michael Johnson (USA)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Michael Johnson (USA)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Jan Železný (CZE)
Best Male Track Athlete ESPY Award  Michael Johnson (USA)


Women[edit]

1996 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS ATHLETE
IAAF World Athlete of the Year  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS)
Track & Field Athlete of the Year  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS)
European Athlete of the Year Award  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS)
Best Female Track Athlete ESPY Award  Kim Batten (USA)


Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
100 metres  Donovan Bailey (CAN) 9.84 WR  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 10.74
200 metres  Michael Johnson (USA) 19.32 WR  Marie-José Pérec (FRA)
 Mary Onyali (NGR)
22.07
400 metres  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.44  Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25
800 metres  Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 1:41.83  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 1:56.04
1500 metres  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:29.05  Svetlana Masterkova (RUS) 3:56.77
3000 metres  Daniel Komen (KEN) 7:20.67 WR  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 8:35.42
5000 metres  Daniel Komen (KEN) 12:45.09  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 14:41.07
10,000 metres  Salah Hissou (MAR) 26:38.08 WR  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 31:01.63
100/110 metres hurdles  Allen Johnson (USA) 12.92  Ludmila Engquist (SWE) 12.47
400 metres hurdles  Derrick Adkins (USA) 47.54  Deon Hemmings (JAM) 52.82
3000 metres steeplechase  John Kosgei (KEN) 8:05.68  Courtney Meldrum (USA) 10:23.47 WR
Pole vault  Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.02 m  Emma George (AUS) 4.45 m WR
High jump  Charles Austin (USA) 2.39 m  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.05 m
Long jump  Erick Walder (USA) 8.58 m  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.20 m
Triple jump  Kenny Harrison (USA) 18.09 m  Inessa Kravets (UKR) 15.33 m
Shot put  Randy Barnes (USA) 22.40 m  Astrid Kumbernuss (GER) 20.97 m
Discus throw  Anthony Washington (USA) 71.14 m  Ilke Wyludda (GER) 69.66 m
Javelin throw  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m WR  Steffi Nerius (GER) 69.42 m
Hammer throw  Lance Deal (USA) 82.52 m  Olga Kuzenkova (RUS) 69.46 m WR
Heptathlon  Ghada Shouaa (SYR) 6942 pts
Decathlon  Dan O'Brien (USA) 8824 pts
4×100 metres relay  Canada
Robert Esmie
Glenroy Gilbert
Bruny Surin
Donovan Bailey
37.69  United States
Chryste Gaines
Gail Devers
Inger Miller
Gwen Torrence
41.95
4×400 metres relay  United States
LaMont Smith
Alvin Harrison
Derek Mills
Anthuan Maybank
2:55.99  United States
Rochelle Stevens
Maicel Malone
Kim Graham
Jearl Miles-Clark
3:20.91

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