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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's 400 m hurdles

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 29, 1996 Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 1, 1996  
(Competitors: 55; Countries: 35; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF    1996_olympic_stadium.jpg
Five of the seven heats were won with times quicker than 49 seconds, with Matete running the fastest ever preliminary in 48.21. The standard was very high, and continued in the semi-finals, with 14 of the 16 contestants running under 49 seconds. Heading the list was local man Adkins, who won the first semi-final with 47.76 from Swedish veteran Nylander, who set a national record of 48.21. Behind them US Trials winner Bryan Bronson ran out of gas in the last 100m and finished last in 50.32. Davis, a recently converted 400m man, won the other race in 47.91. Behind him Teixeira, Robinson (both 48.28), Neil Gardner (JAM, 48.30), Laurent Ottoz, son of 1968 110m hurdles medallist Eddy (48.52), Ibou Faye (SEN, 48.84) and Marc Dollendorf (BEL – 48.91) all ran lifetime bests. Only Matete, third in 48.28, missed his personal record. Nylander, in his last serious attempt at a championship, ran hard from the gun, leading to halfway in 22.9, with Adkins and Robinson right with him. Matete, in fifth at the fifth hurdle, and not enthralled with his lane 1 draw, moved up, and he and Adkins were level at hurdles 8-10, with Nylander 4m behind and a metre clear of Davis, de Araújo and Robinson. Adkins accelerated away from Matete on the run-in despite being half blinded from all the camera flashbulbs in the crowd, while Davis astonishingly gained 4m on Matete in the last 40m, leaving Nylander to settle for fourth despite setting his second national record within 22 hours.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The last two World Championships had been won by Americans – 1995 by Derrick Adkins and 1993 by the 1992 Olympic champion, Kevin Young. Both years the runner-up had been Zambia’s Samuel Matete. Matete had been the 1991 World Champion and was favored at the 1992 Olympics, but a hamstring problem kept him from the final. He was favored in Atlanta, having run the best times earlier in the year, and having beaten Adkins in four of five races in 1996. Adkins and Matete moved into the lead in the final at the seventh hurdle, but Adkins took the lead going in to the straight and held on for the gold medal, Matete getting silver.
 

Records

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

World Record 46.78 United States Kevin Young Barcelona (ESP) August 6, 1992
Olympic Record 46.78 United States Kevin Young Barcelona (ESP) August 6, 1992
 
        Results        
 
400 m hurdles Men     Final 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.54     Derrick Adkins United States USA 2 Jul 70  
2 47.78     Samuel Matete Zambia ZAM 27 Jul 68  
3 47.96     Calvin Davis United States USA 2 Apr 72  
4 47.98     Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62 NR
5 48.30     Rohan Robinson Australia AUS 15 Nov 71  
6 48.41     Fabrizio Mori Italy ITA 28 Jun 69  
7 48.57     Everson Teixeira Brazil BRA 23 Nov 74  
8 48.78     Eronilde de Araújo Brazil BRA 31 Dec 70  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 1 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.76     Derrick Adkins United States USA 2 Jul 70  
2 48.21     Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62  
3 48.43     Fabrizio Mori Italy ITA 28 Jun 69  
4 48.45     Eronilde de Araújo Brazil BRA 31 Dec 70  
5 48.57     Dusán Kovács Hungary HUN 31 Jul 71  
6 48.61     Ken Harnden Zimbabwe ZIM 31 Mar 73  
7 49.43     Jon Ridgeon Great Britain GBR 14 Feb 67  
8 50.32     Bryan Bronson United States USA 9 Sep 72  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 2 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.91     Calvin Davis United States USA 2 Apr 72  
2 48.28     Everson Teixeira Brazil BRA 23 Nov 74  
3 48.28     Samuel Matete Zambia ZAM 27 Jul 68  
4 48.28     Rohan Robinson Australia AUS 15 Nov 71 AR
5 48.30     Neil Gardner Jamaica JAM 8 Dec 74  
6 48.52     Laurent Ottoz Italy ITA 20 Apr 70  
7 48.84     Ibou Faye Senegal SEN 13 Dec 69  
8 48.91     Marc Dollendorf Belgium BEL 7 Feb 66 NR
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 1 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.84     Ibou Faye Senegal SEN 13 Dec 69  
2 48.90     Fabrizio Mori Italy ITA 28 Jun 69  
3 49.07     Kazuhiko Yamazaki Japan JPN 10 May 71  
4 49.16     Dinsdale Morgan Jamaica JAM 19 Nov 72  
5 49.60     Kehinde Alad'efa Nigeria NGR 19 Dec 74  
6 49.78     Peter Crampton Great Britain GBR 4 Jun 69  
7 49.94     Gilbert Hashan Mauritius MRI 12 Jan 70 NR
8 50.55     Salvador Vila Spain ESP 20 Oct 69  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 2 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.52     Eronilde de Araújo Brazil BRA 31 Dec 70  
2 48.92     Laurent Ottoz Italy ITA 20 Apr 70  
3 49.09     Carlos Silva Portugal POR 8 Jun 74 NUR
4 49.27     Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi Qatar QAT 30 Dec 77  
5 49.66     Miro Kocuvan Slovenia SLO 15 Jun 71  
6 49.69     Jean-Paul Bruwier Belgium BEL 18 Feb 71  
7 49.82     Barnabas Agui Kinyor Kenya KEN 3 Aug 61  
8 49.97     Mugur Mateescu Romania ROU 13 Jun 70  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 3 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.21     Samuel Matete Zambia ZAM 27 Jul 68  
2 48.89     Rohan Robinson Australia AUS 15 Nov 71  
3 49.03     Erick Keter Kenya KEN 22 Jul 66  
4 49.73     Vadim Zadoinov Moldova MDA 24 May 69  
5 49.94     Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily Saudi Arabia KSA 30 Dec 76  
6 50.30     Hamidou M'Baye Senegal SEN 21 Apr 64  
7 51.13     Llewellyn Herbert South Africa RSA 21 Jul 77  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 4 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.06     Bryan Bronson United States USA 9 Sep 72  
2 49.23     Dusán Kovács Hungary HUN 31 Jul 71  
3 49.63     Paweł Januszewski Poland POL 2 Jan 72  
4 49.88     Hideaki Kawamura Japan JPN 15 Sep 74  
5 50.16     Julius Masvanise Zimbabwe ZIM 7 Feb 66  
6 50.31     Jozef Kucej Slovakia SVK 23 Mar 65  
7 50.90     Amadou Sy Savane Guinea GUI 16 May 74  
8 52.16     Simon Hollingsworth Australia AUS 9 May 72  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 5 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.31     Jon Ridgeon Great Britain GBR 14 Feb 67  
2 49.49     Marc Dollendorf Belgium BEL 7 Feb 66  
3 49.94     Ruslan Mashchenko Russia RUS 11 Nov 71  
4 50.73     Egīls Tēbelis Latvia LAT 12 Dec 72  
5 51.20     Domingo Cordero Puerto Rico PUR 17 Oct 65  
6 51.20     Marcel Schelbert Switzerland SUI 26 Feb 76  
7 55.20     Curt Young Panama PAN 18 Jan 74  
  DNF     Winthrop Graham Jamaica JAM 17 Nov 65  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 6 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.94     Calvin Davis United States USA 2 Apr 72  
2 49.54     Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62  
3 49.71     Ashraf Saber Italy ITA 2 Apr 73  
4 49.74     Gideon Biwott Kenya KEN 16 Jun 64  
5 50.76     Tom McGuirk Ireland IRL 2 Mar 71  
6 51.23     Cleverson Silva Brazil BRA 5 Sep 73  
7 51.35     Oscar Pitillas Spain ESP 16 Oct 71  
8 54.79     Lance Gittens Guyana GUY 28 Oct 74  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 7 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.46     Derrick Adkins United States USA 2 Jul 70  
2 48.52     Everson Teixeira Brazil BRA 23 Nov 74  
3 48.54     Ken Harnden Zimbabwe ZIM 31 Mar 73  
4 48.59     Neil Gardner Jamaica JAM 8 Dec 74  
5 48.96     Shunji Karube Japan JPN 8 May 69  
6 50.41     Gary Jennings Great Britain GBR 21 Feb 72  
7 52.23     Íñigo Monreal Spain ESP 26 Sep 74  
8 53.42     Ivan Wakit Papua New Guinea PNG 10 Apr 74  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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