Swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle
|Men's 100 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
|Venue||Georgia Tech Aquatic Center|
|Date||22 July 1996 (heats & finals)|
|Competitors||61 from 45 nations|
|Winning time||48.74 NR|
|Swimming at the|
1996 Summer Olympics
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Matt Biondi (USA)||48.42||Austin, United States||10 August 1988|
|Olympic record||Matt Biondi (USA)||48.63||Seoul, South Korea||22 September 1988|
The competition used the A/B final format instituted in 1984. The competition consisted of two rounds: heats and finals. The swimmers with the best 8 times in the semifinals advanced to the A final, competing for medals through 8th place. The swimmers with the next 8 times in the semifinals competed in the B final for 9th through 16th place. Swim-offs were used as necessary to determine advancement.
Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).
|9||3||Jon Olsen||United States||49.80|
|5||Gary Hall, Jr.||United States||48.81|
|4||1||Pieter van den Hoogenband||Netherlands||49.13||NR|
|7||2||Ricardo Busquets||Puerto Rico||49.68|
- "Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
- "Atlanta 1996: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 37. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Atlanta 1996: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Finals" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 37. Retrieved 9 September 2017.