| Event type

100 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date21 July 1996
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants46 from 38 countries

It had been 44 years since South Africa had won an Olympic gold medal but in Penny Heyns they had the woman who had set the world record four months earlier. Lined up against her were world champion Sam Riley of Australia and the precocious 14-year-old Amanda Beard of the USA. Riley nearly failed to make it to Atlanta when she failed a drug test in February 1996. Her coach had given her a painkiller to treat a headache without realizing it contained the banned substance dextropropoxyphen. She was subsequently issued only a warning but her coach received a one-year ban.

Heyns’ Olympic campaign started with a bang as she broke her own her world record to qualify for the final but faltered when she made a basic error in the final where she badly mistimed her turn. Beard threatened to take the lead over the home stretch but Heyns fought back and reached the wall with a third of a second to spare over her American rival to the acclaim of her home nation. Riley finished a distant third.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Penny HeynsRSA1:07.02 (1 h6)1:07.73 (1)Gold
2Amanda BeardUSA1:09.04 (1 h5)1:08.09 (2)Silver
3Sam RileyAUS1:09.37 (2 h5)1:09.18 (3)Bronze
4Svitlana BondarenkoUKR1:09.79 (3 h4)1:09.21 (4)
5Vera LischkaAUT1:09.68 (2 h4)1:09.24 (5)
6Guylaine CloutierCAN1:09.72 (3 h5)1:09.40 (6)
7Ágnes KovácsHUN1:09.05 (1 h4)1:09.55 (7)
8Brigitte BecueBEL1:09.83 (2 h6)1:09.79 (8)
9Han XueCHN1:10.40 (4 h4)1:09.90 (1)
10Lisa FloodCAN1:10.26 (5 h5)1:10.21 (2)
11Helen DenmanAUS1:10.64 (5 h4)1:10.26 (3)
12Elin AustevollNOR1:09.96 (3 h6)1:10.27 (4)
13Masami TanakaJPN1:09.89 (4 h5)1:10.43 (5)
14Alicja PęczakPOL1:10.70 (1 h3)1:10.44 (6)
15Manuela Dalla ValleITA1:10.25 (4 h6)1:11.19 (7)
16Hanna JaltnerSWE1:10.69 (6 h4)1:11.41 (8)
17Jaime KingGBR1:10.83 (6 h5)
18Julia RussellRSA1:10.87 (7 h5)
19Kristine QuanceUSA1:10.92 (5 h6)
20Terrie MillerNOR1:11.09 (6 h6)
21Madelon BaansNED1:11.17 (7 h6)
22Kyoko IwasakiJPN1:11.33 (7 h4)
23Maria ÖstlingSWE1:11.58 (8 h4)
24Yuan YuanCHN1:11.65 (8 h6)
25Karine BrémondFRA1:11.80 (8 h5)
26Kathrin DumitruGER1:11.92 (2 h3)
27Olga LandikRUS1:12.55 (3 h3)
28María OlayESP1:12.58 (4 h3)
29Lenka MaňhalováCZE1:12.72 (1 h2)
30Byeon Hye-YeongKOR1:12.85 (1 h1)
31Anna WilsonNZL1:12.93 (5 h3)
32Mia HagmanFIN1:13.01 (2 h2)
33Alena RudkouskayaBLR1:13.71 (6 h3)
34Joana SoutinhoPOR1:13.73 (3 h2)
35Larisa LăcusțăROU1:13.91 (7 h3)
36Tay Li LengMAS1:14.17 (2 h1)
37Natália KodajováSVK1:14.24 (4 h2)
38Isabel CeballosCOL1:14.75 (3 h1)
39Mou Ying-HsinTPE1:14.82 (5 h2)
40Joscelin YeoSGP1:14.90 (8 h3)
41Snowie PangHKG1:16.02 (4 h1)
42María Carolina Santa CruzARG1:16.19 (6 h2)
43Nádia CruzANG1:16.62 (7 h2)
44Cerian GibbesTTO1:16.99 (8 h2)
45Anush ManukyanARM1:20.70 (5 h1)
46Hem RaksmeyCAM1:44.68 (6 h1)

Round One (21 July 1996)

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

Heat One (11:00)

13Byeon Hye-YeongKOR1:12.850.80
26Tay Li LengMAS1:14.170.81
35Isabel CeballosCOL1:14.750.85
44Snowie PangHKG1:16.020.78
52Anush ManukyanARM1:20.700.82
67Hem RaksmeyCAM1:44.681.12

Heat Two (11:08)

13Lenka MaňhalováCZE1:12.720.81
26Mia HagmanFIN1:13.010.91
34Joana SoutinhoPOR1:13.730.81
42Natália KodajováSVK1:14.240.90
55Mou Ying-HsinTPE1:14.820.88
61María Carolina Santa CruzARG1:16.190.82
78Nádia CruzANG1:16.620.79
87Cerian GibbesTTO1:16.990.83

Heat Three (11:16)

16Alicja PęczakPOL1:10.700.82q
25Kathrin DumitruGER1:11.920.83
37Olga LandikRUS1:12.550.87
42María OlayESP1:12.580.82
53Anna WilsonNZL1:12.930.89
68Alena RudkouskayaBLR1:13.710.84
74Larisa LăcusțăROU1:13.910.91
81Joscelin YeoSGP1:14.900.79

Heat Four (11:24)

16Ágnes KovácsHUN1:09.050.80Q
27Vera LischkaAUT1:09.680.84Q
34Svitlana BondarenkoUKR1:09.790.84Q
43Han XueCHN1:10.400.79q
55Helen DenmanAUS1:10.640.83q
61Hanna JaltnerSWE1:10.690.83q
72Kyoko IwasakiJPN1:11.330.72
88Maria ÖstlingSWE1:11.580.78

Heat Five (11:32)

14Amanda BeardUSA1:09.040.77Q
23Sam RileyAUS1:09.370.81Q
35Guylaine CloutierCAN1:09.720.78Q
42Masami TanakaJPN1:09.890.77q
56Lisa FloodCAN1:10.260.92q
67Jaime KingGBR1:10.830.97
71Julia RussellRSA1:10.870.79
88Karine BrémondFRA1:11.801.00

Heat Six (11:40)

14Penny HeynsRSA1:07.020.83QWR
25Brigitte BecueBEL1:09.830.73Q
31Elin AustevollNOR1:09.960.87q
47Manuela Dalla ValleITA1:10.250.78q
53Kristine QuanceUSA1:10.920.85
62Terrie MillerNOR1:11.090.81
78Madelon BaansNED1:11.170.89
86Yuan YuanCHN1:11.650.77

B Final (21 July 1996 — 20:26)

12Han XueCHN1:09.900.80
26Lisa FloodCAN1:10.210.84
37Helen DenmanAUS1:10.260.84
45Elin AustevollNOR1:10.270.77
54Masami TanakaJPN1:10.430.74
68Alicja PęczakPOL1:10.440.81
73Manuela Dalla ValleITA1:11.190.72
81Hanna JaltnerSWE1:11.410.86

Final (21 July 1996 — 20:20)

14Penny HeynsRSA1:07.730.81
25Amanda BeardUSA1:08.090.78
36Sam RileyAUS1:09.180.73
41Svitlana BondarenkoUKR1:09.210.86
52Vera LischkaAUT1:09.240.80
67Guylaine CloutierCAN1:09.400.73
73Ágnes KovácsHUN1:09.550.82
88Brigitte BecueBEL1:09.790.71