| Event type

100 metres Freestyle, Women

Date20 July 1996
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants48 from 44 countries

In the early to mid-90s China broke through to dominate women’s swimming. This culminated at the 1994 World Championships where Chinese female swimmers won 19 medals including 12 golds. Skeptics noted that Chinese men had not won a single medal at these championships and pointed the similarity of these performances to those of swimmers of the German Democratic Republic during their glory years of the 1970s and 80s. The most outspoken critics also noted that a number of coaches from the now discredited East German regime were now plying their trade in China. These fears appeared to be proved true when eleven athletes tested positive for dihydrotestosterone at the 1994 Asian Games.

Le Jingyi was the only one of this generation of Chinese swimmers who arrived at the Atlanta Olympics as the clear favourite. Although she was not swimming as fast as she had done in 1994 she was still comfortably the best over the distance and was a relatively easy winner of the Olympic title. Sandra Völker of Germany took the silver medal ahead of US team captain Angel Martino.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Le JingyiCHN54.90 (1 h5)54.50 (1)Gold
2Sandra VölkerGER55.55 (1 h4)54.88 (2)Silver
3Angel MartinoUSA55.44 (1 h6)54.93 (3)Bronze
4Amy Van DykenUSA55.94 (2 h4)55.11 (4)
5Franziska van AlmsickGER55.80 (2 h6)55.59 (5)
6Sarah RyanAUS56.07 (3 h5)55.85 (6)
7Mette JacobsenDEN56.06 (3 h6)56.01 (7)
8Karin BrienesseNED55.81 (2 h5)56.12 (8)
9Shan YingCHN56.10 (4 h6)55.74 (1)
10Linda OlofssonSWE56.56 (7 h6)55.83 (2)
11Luminița DobrescuROU56.27 (3 h4)55.98 (3)
12Leah MartindaleBAR56.13 (5 h6)56.03 (4)
13Nataliya MeshcheryakovaRUS56.33 (4 h5)56.17 (5)
14Karen PickeringGBR56.40 (5 h5)56.32 (6)
15Martina MoravcováSVK56.20 (6 h6)56.47 (7)
16Sue RolphGBR56.62 (4 h4)56.58 (8)
17Shannon ShakespeareCAN56.63 (5 h4)
18Vibeke Lambersøy JohansenNOR56.88 (8 h6)
19Rania El-WaniEGY56.89 (6 h5)
20Solenne FiguèsFRA56.90 (6 h4)
21Claudia FrancoESP57.00 (7 h5)
22Minna SalmelaFIN57.15 (1 h3)
23Gabrielle RoseBRA57.16 (2 h3)
24Cecilia VianiniITA57.17 (3 h3)
25Sumika MinamotoJPN57.25 (7 h4)
26Siobhan CropperTTO57.30 (1 h2)
27Judith DraxlerAUT57.34 (2 h2)
28Metka SparavecSLO57.66 (4 h3)
29Alison FitchNZL57.71 (8 h5)
30Anna NyíriHUN57.82 (1 h1)
31Tonia MachairaGRE57.92 (3 h2)
32Monica DahlNAM57.95 (5 h3)
33Heleen MullerRSA57.98 (6 h3)
34Kristýna KyněrováCZE58.03 (4 h2)
35Lee Bo-EunKOR58.27 (7 h3)
36Sandrine PaquierSUI58.38 (5 h2)
37Dita ŽelvienėLTU58.57 (8 h4)
38Teresa MoodieZIM58.59 (2 h1)
39Sviatlana ZhidkoBLR58.64 (6 h2)
40Tsai Shu-MinTPE58.65 (7 h2)
41Joscelin YeoSGP58.87 (8 h3)
42Yevgeniya YermakovaKAZ59.12 (8 h2)
43Valeria ÁlvarezARG59.26 (3 h1)
44Viktoriya PolyayevaKGZ59.40 (4 h1)
45Gabrijela UjčićCRO59.92 (5 h1)
46Duška RadanSCG1:00.34 (6 h1)
47Caroline PickeringFIJ1:00.51 (7 h1)
48Gail RizzoMLT1:02.19 (8 h1)

Round One (20 July 1996)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Places 9-16 advanced to the B Final.

Heat One (10:00)

13Anna NyíriHUN57.820.83
25Teresa MoodieZIM58.590.77
34Valeria ÁlvarezARG59.260.78
47Viktoriya PolyayevaKGZ59.400.90
52Gabrijela UjčićCRO59.920.76
66Duška RadanSCG1:00.340.83
71Caroline PickeringFIJ1:00.510.91
88Gail RizzoMLT1:02.190.82

Heat Two (10:06)

11Siobhan CropperTTO57.300.87
22Judith DraxlerAUT57.340.79
34Tonia MachairaGRE57.920.76
43Kristýna KyněrováCZE58.030.83
57Sandrine PaquierSUI58.380.94
68Sviatlana ZhidkoBLR58.640.85
75Tsai Shu-MinTPE58.650.78
86Yevgeniya YermakovaKAZ59.120.79

Heat Three (10:12)

16Minna SalmelaFIN57.150.83
22Gabrielle RoseBRA57.160.76
34Cecilia VianiniITA57.170.84
47Metka SparavecSLO57.660.87
51Monica DahlNAM57.950.79
63Heleen MullerRSA57.980.76
78Lee Bo-EunKOR58.270.90
85Joscelin YeoSGP58.870.77

Heat Four (10:18)

14Sandra VölkerGER55.550.90Q
25Amy Van DykenUSA55.940.77Q
36Luminița DobrescuROU56.270.79q
43Sue RolphGBR56.620.83q
57Shannon ShakespeareCAN56.630.82
68Solenne FiguèsFRA56.900.75
72Sumika MinamotoJPN57.250.75
81Dita ŽelvienėLTU58.570.83

Heat Five (10:24)

14Le JingyiCHN54.900.79Q
25Karin BrienesseNED55.810.82Q
32Sarah RyanAUS56.070.74Q
46Nataliya MeshcheryakovaRUS56.330.82q
53Karen PickeringGBR56.400.77q
61Rania El-WaniEGY56.890.78
77Claudia FrancoESP57.000.84
88Alison FitchNZL57.710.78

Heat Six (10:30)

13Angel MartinoUSA55.440.66Q
25Franziska van AlmsickGER55.800.80Q
36Mette JacobsenDEN56.060.81Q
44Shan YingCHN56.100.74q
51Leah MartindaleBAR56.130.83q
62Martina MoravcováSVK56.200.76q
77Linda OlofssonSWE56.560.77q
88Vibeke Lambersøy JohansenNOR56.880.78

B Final (20 July 1996 — 19:40)

14Shan YingCHN55.740.76
21Linda OlofssonSWE55.830.79
36Luminița DobrescuROU55.980.76
45Leah MartindaleBAR56.030.80
52Nataliya MeshcheryakovaRUS56.170.81
67Karen PickeringGBR56.320.76
73Martina MoravcováSVK56.470.80
88Sue RolphGBR56.580.85

Final (20 July 1996 — 19:30)

14Le JingyiCHN54.500.77OR
23Sandra VölkerGER54.880.84
35Angel MartinoUSA54.930.68
47Amy Van DykenUSA55.110.78
56Franziska van AlmsickGER55.590.70
68Sarah RyanAUS55.850.73
71Mette JacobsenDEN56.010.83
82Karin BrienesseNED56.120.81