Great Britain at the 1996 Summer Olympics

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Great Britain at the
1996 Summer Olympics
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
IOC code GBR
NOC British Olympic Association
in Atlanta
Competitors 300 (184 men and 116 women) in 22 sports
Flag bearer Steve Redgrave (opening)
Roger Black (closing)
Medals
Ranked 36th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 8 6 15
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

The United Kingdom competed as Great Britain at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. British athletes have competed in every single Summer Olympic Games. 300 competitors, 184 men and 116 women, took part in 175 events in 22 sports.[1]

The Atlanta games saw Great Britain's worst performance at a Summer Olympics since 1952. As final medal rankings were tabulated, Great Britain finished in 36th position, with just one gold and overall total of just 15 medals. This was the country's lowest ever numerical ranking in the table (due to the greatly increased numbers of competing countries since the 1970s), leaving Great Britain with numerous questions about the overall state of sport in the country. The poor British performance at the Atlanta Olympics led to the introduction of National Lottery funding for elite sports,[2] which started the following year.[3] Nevertheless, the single gold medal won by rowers Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave ensured that Great Britain maintained its record of winning at least one gold medal at every Summer Olympics.

Medallists[edit]

Medals by sport
Sport Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg Total
Rowing 1 0 1 2
Athletics 0 4 2 6
Sailing 0 2 0 2
Swimming 0 1 1 2
Tennis 0 1 0 1
Cycling 0 0 2 2
Total 1 8 6 15

Gold medal.svg Gold[edit]

Silver medal.svg Silver[edit]

Bronze medal.svg Bronze[edit]

Medals by day[edit]

Medals by date
Day Date 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
1 20 July 0 0 0 0
2 21 July 0 0 0 0
3 22 July 0 1 0 1
4 23 July 0 0 0 0
5 24 July 0 0 0 0
6 25 July 0 0 1 1
7 26 July 0 0 0 0
8 27 July 1 1 1 3
9 28 July 0 0 2 2
10 29 July 0 1 0 1
11 30 July 0 1 0 1
12 31 July 0 1 1 2
13 1 Aug 0 1 0 1
14 2 Aug 0 0 0 0
15 3 Aug 0 2 1 3
16 4 Aug 0 0 0 0
Total 1 8 6 15

Archery[edit]

Women's Individual Competition:

Men's Individual Competition:

Athletics[edit]

Men's 5,000 metres

  • Qualification — 13:52.16
  • Semifinal — 14:08.39 (→ did not advance)

Men's 4 × 400 m Relay

  • Heat — 3:01.79
  • Semi Final — 3:01.36
  • Final — 2:56.60 (→ Med 2.png Silver Medal)

Men's 400 m Hurdles

  • Heat — 49.31 s
  • Semi Final — 49.43 s (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 50.41 s (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 49.78 s (→ did not advance)

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

  • Heat — 8:31.26
  • Semifinals — 8:46.74 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 8:28.32
  • Semifinals — 8:28.50 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 8:46.76 (→ did not advance)

Men's Marathon

Men's 50 km Walk

Men's Discus Throw

  • Qualification — 61.64 m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification — 54.88 m (→ did not advance)

Men's Hammer Throw

  • Qualification — 69.32 m (→ did not advance)


Women's 4×400 metres Relay

  • Qualification — 3:28.13 (→ did not advance)

Women's 400 m Hurdles

  • Qualification — 55.29
  • Semifinals — DNF (→ did not advance)

Women's Long Jump

  • Qualification — 6.33 m (→ did not advance)

Women's Triple Jump

  • Qualification — 14.55 m
  • Final — 14.49 m (→ 5th place)
  • Qualification — 13.70 m (→ did not advance)

Women's High Jump

  1. Qualification — 1.90 m (→ did not advance)
  1. Qualification — 1.85 m (→ did not advance)

Women's Javelin Throw

  • Qualification — 58.86 m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification — 54.72 m (→ did not advance)

Women's Discus Throw

  • Qualification — 58.88 m (→ did not advance)

Women's Shot Put

  • Qualification — 18.56 m
  • Final — 18.34 m (→ 11th place)

Women's Heptathlon

  • Final Result — 6489 points (→ Bronze Bronze Medal)

Women's Marathon

Women's 10 km Walk

Badminton[edit]

Beach volleyball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
David Burke Featherweight  Huste (GER)
L 9–13
Did not advance
Fola Okesola Heavyweight Bye  Jones (USA)
L RSCI
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Road Competition[edit]

Men's Individual Time Trial

  • Final — 1:04:36 (→ Med 3.png Bronze Medal)

Women's Individual Road Race

  • Final — 02:37:06 (→ 11th place)
  • Final — 02:37:06 (→ 19th place)
  • Final — 02:53:47 (→ 43rd place)

Women's Individual Time Trial

  • Final — 39:09 (→ 14th place)
  • Final — 41:16 (→ 21st place)

Track Competition[edit]

Men's Team Pursuit

Mountain Bike[edit]

Men's Cross Country

  • Final — 2:29:10 (→ 12th place)
  • Final — 2:32:30 (→ 15th place)

Women's Cross Country

  • Final — 2:04.44 (→ 22nd place)

Diving[edit]

Men's 3m Springboard

  • Preliminary Heat — 345.33
  • Semi Final — 203.46 (→ did not advance, 18th place)
  • Preliminary Heat — 318.69 (→ did not advance, 24th place)

Women's 10m Platform

  • Preliminary Heat — 251.73
  • Semi Final — 158.43
  • Final — 259.68 (→ 9th place)

Equestrianism[edit]

Fencing[edit]

Two fencers, one man and one woman, represented Great Britain in 1996.

Men's sabre
Women's foil

Gymnastics[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Men's Team Competition[edit]

  • Preliminary Round (Group B)
  • Classification Matches
  • Team Roster

Women's Team Competition[edit]

  • Round Robin
  • Bronze Medal Game
  • Great Britain — Netherlands 0-0 (The Netherlands wins after penalty strokes, 3-4) → Fourth place
  • Team Roster

Judo[edit]

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Men's Individual Competition:

Rowing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Peter Haining Single sculls 7:42.65 4 R 7:45.95 2 SA/B 7:30.47 6 FB 6:55.06 11
Matthew Pinsent
Steve Redgrave
Pair 6:50.04 1 Q N/A 6:50.30 1 FA 6:20.09 1st, gold medalist(s)
James Cracknell
Bob Thatcher
Guy Pooley*
Double sculls 7:00.74 5 R 7:00.81 1 SC/D 6:51.22 2 FC 6:51.41 17
Nicholas Strange
Andrew Sinton
Lightweight double sculls 6:56.86 5 R 6:22.27 2 SA/B 6:39.20 5 FB 6:31.15 12
Tim Foster
Rupert Obholzer
Greg Searle
Jonny Searle
Four 6:14.74 1 Q N/A 6:10.78 1 FA 6:07.28 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Ben Helm
Tom Kay
David Lemon
James McNiven
Lightweight four 6:35.95 5 R 6:02.65 2 SA/B 6:19.07 5 FB 6:05.13 10
Peter Bridge
Roger Brown
Richard Hamilton
Ben Hunt-Davis
Matthew Parish
Graham Smith
Alex Story
James Walker
Garry Herbert (cox)
Eight 5:49.37 4 R 5:33.22 3 FB N/A 5:40.23 8
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Guin Batten Single sculls 8:16.75 4 R 8:44.73 2 SA/B 7:56.61 3 FA 7:45.08 7
Philippa Cross
Kate MacKenzie
Pair 8:03.53 4 R 8:15.26 3 SA/B 7:59.57 6 FB 7:34.68 12
Miriam Batten
Cath Bishop
Dot Blackie
Lisa Eyre
Alison Gill
Kate Pollitt
Annamarie Stapleton
Joanne Turvey
Suzie Ellis (cox)
Eight 6:39.34 4 R 6:12.28 6 FB N/A 6:15.21 7

Sailing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Men's 50 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 22.73
  • B-Final — 23.01 (→ 16th place)

Men's 100 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 51.03 (→ did not advance, 28th place)

Men's 200 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 1:49.05
  • Swim-off — 1:48.89
  • Final — 1:49.39 (→ 8th place)
  • Heat — 1:51.06
  • B-Final — 1:50.59 (→ 15th place)

Men's 400 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 3:51.98
  • Final — 3:49.00 (→ Med 2.png Silver Medal)

Men's 1500 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 15.14.81
  • Final — 15:02.48 (→ Med 3.png Bronze Medal)
  • Heat — 15:22.65 (→ did not advance, 10th place)

Men's 100 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 56.27
  • B-Final — 56.07 (→ 10th place)
  • Heat — 57.17 (→ did not advance, 28th place)

Men's 200 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 2:01.35
  • B-Final — 2:02.40 (→ 13th place)
  • Heat — 2:07.75 (→ did not advance, 32nd place)

Men's 100 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 1:02.78
  • B-Final — 1:02.51 (→ 11th place)

Men's 200 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 2:14.96
  • Final — 2:14.37 (→ 4th place)

Men's 100 m Butterfly

  • Heat — 53.73
  • B-Final — 53.23 (→ 9th place)

Men's 200 m Butterfly

  • Heat — 1:58.16
  • Final — 1:58.47 (→ 7th place)

Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 3:21.34
  • Final — 3:21.52 (→ 8th place)

Men's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 7:21.92
  • Final — 7:18.74 (→ 5th place)

Men's 4 × 100 m Medley Relay

  • Heat — DSQ (→ did not advance)


Women's 50 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 26.39 (→ did not advance, 23rd place)

Women's 100 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 56.40
  • B-Final — 56.32 (→ 14th place)
  • Heat — 56.62
  • B-Final — 56.58 (→ 16th place)

Women's 200 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 2:01.46
  • B-Final — 2:02.58 (→ 13th place)

Women's 400 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 4:14.50
  • B-Final — 4:14.13 (→ 9th place)

Women's 800 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 8:37.54
  • Final — 8:41.75 (→ 8th place)

Women's 100 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 1:03.89
  • B-Final — 1:03.61 (→ 13th place)

Women's 200 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 2:15.12
  • B-Final — 2:14.50 (→ 12th place)

Women's 100 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 1:10.83 (→ did not advance, 17th place)

Women's 200 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 2:31.12
  • B-Final — 2:31.39 (→ 14th place)

Women's 200 m Individual Medley

  • Heat — 2:18.81 (→ did not advance, 21st place)

Women's 400 m Individual Medley

  • Heat — 4:54.64 (→ did not advance, 19th place)

Women's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 3:48.26 (→ did not advance, 9th place)

Women's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 8:14.92 (→ did not advance, 10th place)

Women's 4 × 100 m Medley Relay

  • Heat — 4:13.75 (→ did not advance, 13th place)

Table tennis[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Tim Henman Singles  Matsuoka (JPN)
W 7–6(7–4), 6–3
 Woodbridge (AUS)
L 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)
Did not advance
Greg Rusedski  Frana (ARG)
W 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
 Gustafsson (SWE)
W 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3
 Bruguera (ESP)
L 6–7(7–9), 3–6
Did not advance
Neil Broad
Tim Henman
Doubles N/A  Krošlák /
Kučera (SVK)
W 6–3, 6–3
 Connell /
Nestor (CAN)
W 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4
 Novák /
Vacek (CZE)
W 7–6(7–4), 6–4
 Goellner /
Prinosil (GER)
W 4–6, 6–3, 10–8
 Woodbridge /
Woodforde (AUS)
L 4–6, 4–6, 2–6
2nd, silver medalist(s)
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Clare Wood Singles  Farina (ITA)
L 2–6, 2–6
Did not advance
Valda Lake
Clare Wood
Doubles N/A  K Maleeva /
M Maleeva (BUL)
W 3–6, 7–6(10–8), 6–3
 Coetzer /
de Swardt (RSA)
W 7–5, 7–5
 G Fernández /
MJ Fernández (USA)
L 2–6, 1–6
Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Men's Light-Heavyweight

  • Final — 147.5 + 180.0 = 327.5 (→ 12th place)

Wrestling[edit]

References[edit]