Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

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Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Venue Centennial Olympic Stadium
Date July 31-August 1
Competitors 78 from 57 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Johnson  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Frank Fredericks  Namibia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ato Boldon  Trinidad and Tobago
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Athletics at the
1996 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
10 km walk women
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

These are the official results of the men's 200 metres event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were a total number of 78 participating athletes (plus three non-starters), with eleven qualifying heats (78), five second-round races (40), two semi-finals (16) and a final (8).

By the summer of 1996, Pietro Mennea's world record of 19.72 had stood for almost 17 years. Carl Lewis (19.73 in 1983), and Michael Marsh (19.73 in 1992) had come tantalizingly close to it, but eased up. Finally at the Olympic Trials, Michael Johnson knocked .06 off the record. In Atlanta, Johnson was the clear favorite and was attempting an unprecedented men's 200/400 double (Valerie Brisco-Hooks did the double in 1984 and Marie-José Pérec had just completed the double less than ten minutes before the men's 200 metres final). Johnson occupied the same lane 3 as Pérec had just run in.

From the gun, Johnson took the lead, quickly making up the stagger on Ivan Garcia to his outside half way through the turn. Coming on to the straight, Johnson led by a metre from Frankie Fredericks and Ato Boldon, with Jeff Williams fourth. Johnson continued to pull away to the finish and won by over three metres from Fredericks, with Boldon a further metre back. Obadele Thompson closed with a strong straight to edge past Williams at the line another three metres behind Boldon. Three strides past the finish line, while others were still finishing, Johnson looked back to see the clock had stopped at 19.32 and began celebrating. His time was a Beamonesque .4 of a second faster than the world record had been just five weeks earlier, .34 faster than that performance. Far behind him, Fredericks had run 19.68, superior to the old record and Boldon had run 19.80. At that point in time, Fredericks was #2 and Boldon was #7 performer all time.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Michael Johnson
 United States
Silver Frankie Fredericks
 Namibia
Bronze Ato Boldon
 Trinidad and Tobago

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 19.66 United States Michael Johnson Atlanta (USA) June 23, 1996
Olympic Record 19.73 United States Michael Marsh Barcelona (ESP) August 5, 1992

In the final, Michael Johnson set a new world record with a time of 19.32.

Final[edit]

  • Held on August 1, 1996
RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Michael Johnson (USA) 19.32 World Record Olympic Record
Med 2.png  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 19.68 AR
Med 3.png  Ato Boldon (TRI) 19.80
4.  Obadele Thompson (BAR) 20.14
5.  Jeff Williams (USA) 20.17
6.  Ivan Garcia (CUB) 20.21
7.  Patrick Stevens (BEL) 20.27
8.  Michael Marsh (USA) 20.48

Semifinals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Michael Johnson (USA) 20.27
2.  Ivan Garcia (CUB) 20.34
3.  Jeff Williams (USA) 20.39
4.  Patrick Stevens (BEL) 20.46
5.  Francis Obikwelu (NGR) 20.56
6.  John Regis (GBR) 20.58
7.  Emmanuel Tuffour (GHA) 20.61
8.  Neil De Silva (TRI) 21.26


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 19.98
2.  Ato Boldon (TRI) 20.05
3.  Michael Marsh (USA) 20.26
4.  Obadele Thompson (BAR) 20.32
5.  Steve Brimacombe (AUS) 20.38
6.  Koji Ito (JPN) 20.45
7.  Sergejs Insakovs (LAT) 20.48
8.  Geir Moen (NOR) 20.96

Round 2 - Heats[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 20.38
2.  Jeff Williams (USA) 20.47
3.  Obadele Thompson (BAR) 20.53
4.  Erik Wymeersch (BEL) 20.59
5.  Percival Spencer (JAM) 20.59
6.  Troy Douglas (BER) 20.63
7.  Francisco Navarro (ESP) 21.06
 O'Brian Gibbons (CAN) DNS


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Michael Johnson (USA) 20.37
2.  Geir Moen (NOR) 20.48
3.  Neil De Silva (TRI) 20.62
4.  Robson Da Silva (BRA) 20.65
5.  Jordi Mayoral (ESP) 20.68
6.  George Panayiotopoulos (GRE) 20.86
7.  Dean Capobianco (AUS) 21.03
8.  Oumar Loum (SEN) 21.31


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Ivan Garcia (CUB) 20.36
2.  Koji Ito (JPN) 20.47
3.  Steve Brimacombe (AUS) 20.53
4.  Robert Mackowiak (POL) 20.61
5.  Anninos Markoullides (CYP) 20.63
6.  Vladyslav Dolohodin (UKR) 20.65
7.  Elston Cawley (JAM) 20.75
8.  Frank Waota (CIV) 21.14


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Michael Marsh (USA) 20.39
2.  Patrick Stevens (BEL) 20.43
3.  John Regis (GBR) 20.56
4.  Sergejs Insakovs (LAT) 20.58
5.  Albert Agyemang (GHA) 20.87
6.  Seun Ogunkoya (NGR) 21.00
7.  Joseph Loua (GUI) 21.01
 Claudinei da Silva (BRA) DNF


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  Ato Boldon (TRI) 20.25
2.  Francis Obikwelu (NGR) 20.49
3.  Emmanuel Tuffour (GHA) 20.49
4.  Linford Christie (GBR) 20.59
5.  Edson Ribeiro (BRA) 20.60
6.  Torbjorn Eriksson (SWE) 20.83
7.  Carlos Gats (ARG) 20.84
8.  Gary Ryan (IRL) 20.89

Round 1 - Heats[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Michael Marsh (USA) 20.27
2.  Sergejs Insakovs (LAT) 20.41
3.  Troy Douglas (BER) 20.41
4.  Steve Brimacombe (AUS) 20.45
5.  Alfred Visagie (RSA) 21.10
6.  Mohamed Al Hooti (OMA) 21.10
7.  Takahiro Mazuka (JPN) 21.13


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Ivan Garcia (CUB) 20.49
2.  Albert Agyemang (GHA) 20.69
3.  Elston Cawley (JAM) 20.73
4.  Owusu Dako (GBR) 20.83
5.  Thomas Sbokos (GRE) 20.88
6.  Anton Ivanov (BUL) 21.20
7.  David Wilson (GUM) 21.85
8.  Mohamed Ould Brahim (MTN) 22.71


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Ato Boldon (TRI) 20.26
2.  Obadele Thompson (BAR) 20.42
3.  Anninos Markoullides (CYP) 20.57
4.  Carlos Gats (ARG) 20.82
5.  Joseph Gikonyo (KEN) 20.88
6.  Chris Donaldson (NZL) 20.96
7.  Wu-Shiun Tao (TPE) 21.25


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Michael Johnson (USA) 20.55
2.  Erik Wymeersch (BEL) 20.68
3.  Percival Spencer (JAM) 20.73
4.  Frank Waota (CIV) 20.78
5.  Benjamin Sirimou (CMR) 21.00
6.  Antoine Boussombo (GAB) 21.06
 Venancio Jose (ESP) DNS


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  Francis Obikwelu (NGR) 20.62
2.  Edson Ribeiro (BRA) 20.69
3.  John Regis (GBR) 20.78
4.  Pierre Lisk (SLE) 20.86
5.  Lars Hedner (SWE) 20.97
6.  Thomas Griesser (AUT) 21.20
7.  Pascal Dangbo (BEN) 21.65
8.  Hadhari Djaffar (COM) 22.68


RANK HEAT 6 TIME
1.  Patrick Stevens (BEL) 20.60
2.  Jordi Mayoral (ESP) 20.65
3.  Claudinei da Silva (BRA) 20.80
4.  Joseph Loua (GUI) 20.81
5.  Boevi Lawson (TOG) 20.99
6.  Anderson Vilien (HAI) 21.62
7.  Peter Ogilvie (CAN) 22.00
8.  Gustavo Envela (GEQ) 22.09


RANK HEAT 7 TIME
1.  Linford Christie (GBR) 20.64
2.  Robert Mackowiak (POL) 20.67
3.  George Panayiotopoulos (GRE) 20.69
4.  Geir Moen (NOR) 20.78
5.  O'Brian Gibbons (CAN) 20.79
6.  Andrey Fedoriv (RUS) 20.95
7.  Brahim Abdoulaye (CHA) 21.67


RANK HEAT 8 TIME
1.  Neil De Silva (TRI) 20.54
2.  Robson Da Silva (BRA) 20.61
3.  Oumar Loum (SEN) 20.69
4.  Dean Capobianco (AUS) 20.76
5.  Matthew Coad (NZL) 21.25
6.  Amos Ali (PNG) 21.37
7.  Laurence Jack (VAN) 21.94
 Olapade Adeniken (NGR) DNS


RANK HEAT 9 TIME
1.  Jeff Williams (USA) 20.37
2.  Vladyslav Dolohodin (UKR) 20.57
3.  Francisco Navarro (ESP) 20.87
4.  Alain Reimann (SUI) 20.99
5.  Ousmane Diarra (MLI) 21.20
6.  Mohd Al Aswad (UAE) 21.77
 Ibrahim Ismail Muftah (QAT) DNS


RANK HEAT 10 TIME
1.  Koji Ito (JPN) 20.56
2.  Torbjorn Eriksson (SWE) 20.77
3.  Emmanuel Tuffour (GHA) 20.85
4.  Mark Keddell (NZL) 20.93
5.  Justice Dipeba (BOT) 21.09
6.  Carlton Chambers (CAN) 21.32
7.  Miguel Janssen (ARU) 21.72


RANK HEAT 11 TIME
1.  Frank Fredericks (NAM) 20.59
2.  Seun Ogunkoya (NGR) 20.78
3.  Gary Ryan (IRL) 20.78
4.  Sebastian Keitel (CHI) 20.96
5.  Christoph Pöstinger (AUT) 20.98
6.  Sandro Floris (ITA) 21.01
7.  Wenzhong Chen (CHN) 21.05

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