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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's 200 m

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 31, 1996 Format: Top three in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 1, 1996 Format: Top three in each heat and next seven fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 78; Countries: 57; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF    1996_olympic_stadium.jpg
Five weeks before the Games, Johnson had finally erased the 1979 world record, running 19.66 to win the Olympic trials. He was favourite, though had lost to Fredericks 19.82 to 19.85, in early July. Johnson won his semi in 20.27, easing down after passing 100m in 10.21, while Fredericks won the other semi-final in 19.98 ahead of Boldon’s 20.05. In the final the big three roared round the curve, with Johnson leading off the bend, passing halfway in 10.12, just ahead of Fredericks and Boldon. Later, Johnson would say “I knew, coming off the curve, that I was running faster than I had ever run in my life.” Majestically, Johnson drew clear with his upright stance, to cross the line almost 4m in front, in an incredible 19.313. Fredericks ran the number three mark of all-time but was overwhelmed, while third place Boldon summed it up succinctly – “that was amazing.”
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Michael Johnson had been favored to win in 1992 until a stomach virus weakened him and he lost in the semi-final. By 1996, he was a prohibitive favorite, not having lost since 1994 over 200 metres, and had won the 1995 World Championships. He was looking for a 200/400 double in Atlanta. At the US Olympic Trials, Johnson finally bettered Pietro Mennea's world record from 1979, running 19.66 to make the US team. His challengers were felt to be Namibian Frankie Fredericks, the 1992 silver medalist, and Trinidad's Ato Boldon. Only two weeks before the Olympics, Fredericks had beaten Johnson, snapping his win streak at the distance. By the night of the 200 final Johnson had already won his 400 gold medal. Coming off the curve, there was little to choose between the three favorites, Johnson having a slight lead. But then he found another gear, finishing in 19.32, a time that seemed almost like a mistake. Fredericks held on for his second consecutive silver medal with Boldon winning bronze. Boldon later said, )19.32. That's not a time. It sounds like my dad's birthday.)
 

Records

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.

 
        Results        

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.

200 m Men     Final 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 19.32 0.4   Michael Johnson United States USA 13 Sep 67 AR WR
2 19.68 0.4   Frank Fredericks Namibia NAM 2 Oct 67 AR
3 19.80 0.4   Ato Boldon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Dec 73  
4 20.14 0.4   Obadele Thompson Barbados BAR 30 Mar 76  
5 20.17 0.4   Jeff Williams United States USA 31 Dec 65  
6 20.21 0.4   Iván García Cuba CUB 29 Feb 72  
7 20.27 0.4   Patrick Stevens Belgium BEL 31 Jan 68  
8 20.48 0.4   Michael Marsh United States USA 4 Aug 67  
200 m Men     Semifinal 1 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.27 0.3   Michael Johnson United States USA 13 Sep 67  
2 20.34 0.3   Iván García Cuba CUB 29 Feb 72  
3 20.39 0.3   Jeff Williams United States USA 31 Dec 65  
4 20.46 0.3   Patrick Stevens Belgium BEL 31 Jan 68  
5 20.56 0.3   Francis Obikwelu Nigeria NGR 22 Nov 78  
6 20.58 0.3   John Regis Great Britain GBR 13 Oct 66  
7 20.61 0.3   Emmanuel Tuffour Ghana GHA 2 Dec 66  
8 21.26 0.3   Neil de Silva Trinidad and Tobago TTO 15 Nov 69  
200 m Men     Semifinal 2 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 19.98 0.1   Frank Fredericks Namibia NAM 2 Oct 67  
2 20.05 0.1   Ato Boldon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Dec 73  
3 20.26 0.1   Michael Marsh United States USA 4 Aug 67  
4 20.32 0.1   Obadele Thompson Barbados BAR 30 Mar 76  
5 20.38 0.1   Steve Brimacombe Australia AUS 7 May 71  
6 20.45 0.1   Koji Ito Japan JPN 29 Jan 70  
7 20.48 0.1   Sergejs Inšakovs Latvia LAT 27 Dec 71  
8 20.96 0.1   Geir Moen Norway NOR 26 Jun 69  
200 m Men     Heat 1 31 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.38 0.7   Frank Fredericks Namibia NAM 2 Oct 67  
2 20.47 0.7   Jeff Williams United States USA 31 Dec 65  
3 20.53 0.7   Obadele Thompson Barbados BAR 30 Mar 76  
4 20.59 0.7   Erik Wijmeersch Belgium BEL 23 Jan 70  
5 20.59 0.7   Percy Spencer Jamaica JAM 24 Feb 75  
6 20.63 0.7   Troy Douglas Bermuda BER 30 Nov 62  
7 21.06 0.7   Francisco Javier Navarro Spain ESP 16 Apr 67  
200 m Men     Heat 2 31 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.37 -0.7   Michael Johnson United States USA 13 Sep 67  
2 20.48 -0.7   Geir Moen Norway NOR 26 Jun 69  
3 20.62 -0.7   Neil de Silva Trinidad and Tobago TTO 15 Nov 69  
4 20.65 -0.7   Robson Caetano da Silva Brazil BRA 4 Sep 64  
5 20.68 -0.7   Jordi Mayoral Spain ESP 18 May 73  
6 20.86 -0.7   Yeóryios Panayiotópoulos Greece GRE 12 Aug 69  
7 21.03 -0.7   Dean Capobianco Australia AUS 11 May 70  
7 21.31 -0.7   Oumar Loum Senegal SEN 31 Dec 73  
200 m Men     Heat 3 31 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.36 0.9   Iván García Cuba CUB 29 Feb 72  
2 20.47 0.9   Koji Ito Japan JPN 29 Jan 70  
3 20.53 0.9   Steve Brimacombe Australia AUS 7 May 71  
4 20.61 0.9   Robert Maćkowiak Poland POL 13 May 70  
5 20.63 0.9   Anninos Marcoullides Cyprus CYP 8 Feb 71  
6 20.65 0.9   Vladislav Dologodin Ukraine UKR 23 Feb 72  
7 20.75 0.9   Elston Cawley Jamaica JAM 24 Jun 76  
8 21.14 0.9   Franck Waota Cote d'Ivoire CIV 6 Dec 71  
200 m Men     Heat 4 31 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.39 0.3   Michael Marsh United States USA 4 Aug 67  
2 20.43 0.3   Patrick Stevens Belgium BEL 31 Jan 68  
3 20.56 0.3   John Regis Great Britain GBR 13 Oct 66  
4 20.58 0.3   Sergejs Inšakovs Latvia LAT 27 Dec 71  
5 20.87 0.3   Albert Agyemang Ghana GHA 4 Oct 77  
6 21.00 0.3   Seun Ogunkoya Nigeria NGR 28 Dec 77  
7 21.01 0.3   Joseph Loua Guinea GUI 15 Nov 76  
  DNF 0.3   Claudinei Quirino da Silva Brazil BRA 19 Nov 70  
200 m Men     Heat 5 31 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.25 1.9   Ato Boldon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Dec 73  
2 20.49 1.9   Francis Obikwelu Nigeria NGR 22 Nov 78  
3 20.49 1.9   Emmanuel Tuffour Ghana GHA 2 Dec 66  
4 20.59 1.9   Linford Christie Great Britain GBR 2 Apr 60  
5 20.60 1.9   Édson Luciano Ribeiro Brazil BRA 8 Dec 72  
6 20.83 1.9   Torbjörn Eriksson Sweden SWE 17 Apr 71  
7 20.84 1.9   Carlos Gats Argentina ARG 11 Dec 69  
8 20.89 1.9   Gary Ryan Ireland IRL 12 Jun 72  
200 m Men     Heat 1 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.27 1.3   Michael Marsh United States USA 4 Aug 67  
2 20.41 1.3   Sergejs Inšakovs Latvia LAT 27 Dec 71 NR
3 20.41 1.3   Troy Douglas Bermuda BER 30 Nov 62  
4 20.45 1.3   Steve Brimacombe Australia AUS 7 May 71  
5 21.10 1.3   Alfred Visagie South Africa RSA 17 Sep 72  
6 21.10 1.3   Mohamed Al-Houti Oman OMA 8 Sep 72  
7 21.13 1.3   Takahiro Mazuka Japan JPN 29 Jun 76  
200 m Men     Heat 2 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.49 1.4   Iván García Cuba CUB 29 Feb 72  
2 20.69 1.4   Albert Agyemang Ghana GHA 4 Oct 77 NJR
3 20.73 1.4   Elston Cawley Jamaica JAM 24 Jun 76  
4 20.83 1.4   Owusu Dako Great Britain GBR 23 May 73  
5 20.88 1.4   Thomás Sbókos Greece GRE 10 Apr 72  
6 21.20 1.4   Anton Ivanov Bulgaria BUL 16 Jul 71  
7 21.85 1.4   David Wilson Guam GUM 31 Oct 77  
8 22.71 1.4   Nouredine Ould Menira Mauritania MTN 6 May 68  
200 m Men     Heat 3 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.26 0.7   Ato Boldon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Dec 73  
2 20.42 0.7   Obadele Thompson Barbados BAR 30 Mar 76  
3 20.57 0.7   Anninos Marcoullides Cyprus CYP 8 Feb 71  
4 20.82 0.7   Carlos Gats Argentina ARG 11 Dec 69  
5 20.88 0.7   Joseph Gikonyo Kenya KEN 7 Feb 65  
6 20.96 0.7   Chris Donaldson New Zealand NZL 26 May 75  
7 21.25 0.7   Tao Wu-Shiun Chinese Taipei TPE 8 May 73  
200 m Men     Heat 4 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.55 -0.6   Michael Johnson United States USA 13 Sep 67  
2 20.68 -0.6   Erik Wijmeersch Belgium BEL 23 Jan 70  
3 20.73 -0.6   Percy Spencer Jamaica JAM 24 Feb 75  
4 20.78 -0.6   Franck Waota Cote d'Ivoire CIV 6 Dec 71  
5 21.00 -0.6   Benjamin Sirimou Cameroon CMR 29 May 69  
6 21.06 -0.6   Antoine Boussombo Gabon GAB 18 May 68  
200 m Men     Heat 5 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.62 -0.5   Francis Obikwelu Nigeria NGR 22 Nov 78  
2 20.69 -0.5   Édson Luciano Ribeiro Brazil BRA 8 Dec 72  
3 20.78 -0.5   John Regis Great Britain GBR 13 Oct 66  
4 20.86 -0.5   Pierre Lisk Sierra Leone SLE 22 Nov 71  
5 20.97 -0.5   Lars Hedner Sweden SWE 27 May 67  
6 21.20 -0.5   Thomas Griesser Austria AUT 4 Mar 67  
7 21.65 -0.5   Pascal Dangbo Benin BEN 13 Apr 72  
8 22.68 -0.5   Hadhari Djaffar Comoros COM 17 Nov 78  
200 m Men     Heat 6 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.60 -0.2   Patrick Stevens Belgium BEL 31 Jan 68  
2 20.65 -0.2   Jordi Mayoral Spain ESP 18 May 73  
3 20.80 -0.2   Claudinei Quirino da Silva Brazil BRA 19 Nov 70  
4 20.81 -0.2   Joseph Loua Guinea GUI 15 Nov 76  
5 20.99 -0.2   Ménélik Lawson Togo TOG 29 Jul 65  
6 21.62 -0.2   Anderson Vilien Haiti HAI 31 Dec 71  
7 22.00 -0.2   Peter Ogilvie Canada CAN 2 May 72  
8 22.09 -0.2   Gustavo Envela Equatorial Guinea GEQ 26 Jan 68  
200 m Men     Heat 7 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.64 -0.3   Linford Christie Great Britain GBR 2 Apr 60  
2 20.67 -0.3   Robert Maćkowiak Poland POL 13 May 70  
3 20.69 -0.3   Yeóryios Panayiotópoulos Greece GRE 12 Aug 69  
4 20.78 -0.3   Geir Moen Norway NOR 26 Jun 69  
5 20.79 -0.3   O’Brian Gibbons Canada CAN 1 Nov 70  
6 20.95 -0.3   Andrey Fedoriv Russia RUS 11 Aug 63  
7 21.67 -0.3   Brahim Abdoulaye Chad CHA 27 Aug 76  
200 m Men     Heat 8 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.54 0.8   Neil de Silva Trinidad and Tobago TTO 15 Nov 69  
2 20.61 0.8   Robson Caetano da Silva Brazil BRA 4 Sep 64  
3 20.69 0.8   Oumar Loum Senegal SEN 31 Dec 73  
4 20.76 0.8   Dean Capobianco Australia AUS 11 May 70  
4 21.25 0.8   Matthew Coad New Zealand NZL 9 Aug 75  
5 21.37 0.8   Amos Ali Papua New Guinea PNG 21 Aug 75  
6 21.94 0.8   Laurence Jack Vanuatu VAN 13 Jan 68  
200 m Men     Heat 9 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.37 -0.3   Jeff Williams United States USA 31 Dec 65  
2 20.57 -0.3   Vladislav Dologodin Ukraine UKR 23 Feb 72  
3 20.87 -0.3   Francisco Javier Navarro Spain ESP 16 Apr 67  
4 20.99 -0.3   Alain Reimann Switzerland SUI 20 Apr 67  
5 21.20 -0.3   Ousmane Diarra Mali MLI 30 Sep 66  
6 21.77 -0.3   Mohamed Aswad Al-Makhoum United Arab Emirates UAE 6 Jun 76  
200 m Men     Heat 10 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.56 -0.3   Koji Ito Japan JPN 29 Jan 70  
2 20.77 -0.3   Torbjörn Eriksson Sweden SWE 17 Apr 71  
3 20.85 -0.3   Emmanuel Tuffour Ghana GHA 2 Dec 66  
4 20.93 -0.3   Mark Keddell New Zealand NZL 13 Feb 75  
5 21.09 -0.3   Justice Dipeba Botswana BOT 3 Dec 74  
6 21.32 -0.3   Carlton Chambers Canada CAN 27 Jun 75  
7 21.72 -0.3   Miguel Janssen Aruba ARU 5 Sep 70  
200 m Men     Heat 11 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 20.59 -0.4   Frank Fredericks Namibia NAM 2 Oct 67  
2 20.78 -0.4   Seun Ogunkoya Nigeria NGR 28 Dec 77  
3 20.78 -0.4   Gary Ryan Ireland IRL 12 Jun 72  
4 20.96 -0.4   Sebastián Keitel Chile CHI 14 Feb 73  
5 20.98 -0.4   Christoph Pöstinger Austria AUT 7 Apr 72  
6 21.01 -0.4   Sandro Floris Italy ITA 12 Jun 65  
7 21.05 -0.4   Chen Wenzhong China CHN 29 Aug 70  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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