| Event type

200 metres, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants78 from 57 countries
Olympic Record 19.73 / Mike Marsh USA / 5 August 1992

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.)

12370Michael JohnsonUSA20.55 (1 h4)20.37 (1 h2)20.27 (1 h1)19.32 (1)GoldWR
21962Frankie FredericksNAM20.59 (1 h11)20.38 (1 h1)19.98 (1 h2)19.68 (2)Silver
32288Ato BoldonTTO20.26 (1 h3)20.25 (1 h5)20.05 (2 h2)19.80 (3)Bronze
41098Obadele ThompsonBAR20.42 (2 h3)20.53 (3 h1)20.32 (4 h2)20.14 (4)
52405Jeff WilliamsUSA20.37 (1 h9)20.47 (2 h1)20.39 (3 h1)20.17 (5)
61272Iván GarcíaCUB20.49 (1 h2)20.36 (1 h3)20.34 (2 h1)20.21 (6)
71113Patrick StevensBEL20.60 (1 h6)20.43 (2 h4)20.46 (4 h1)20.27 (7)
82375Mike MarshUSA20.27 (1 h1)20.39 (1 h4)20.26 (3 h2)20.48 (8)
5 h1 r3/41993Francis ObikweluNGR20.62 (1 h5)20.49 (2 h5)20.56 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/41034Steve BrimacombeAUS20.45 (4 h1)20.53 (3 h3)20.38 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/41504John RegisGBR20.78 (3 h5)20.56 (3 h4)20.58 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/41759Koji ItoJPN20.56 (1 h10)20.47 (2 h3)20.45 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/41597Emmanuel TuffourGHA20.85 (3 h10)20.49 (3 h5)20.61 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/41860Sergejs InšakovsLAT20.41 (2 h1)20.58 (4 h4)20.48 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/42289Neil de SilvaTTO20.54 (1 h8)20.62 (3 h2)21.26 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/42006Geir MoenNOR20.78 (4 h7)20.48 (2 h2)20.96 (8 h2)
4 h1 r2/41114Erik WijmeerschBEL20.68 (2 h4)20.59 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/41156Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA20.61 (2 h8)20.65 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/42052Robert MaćkowiakPOL20.67 (2 h7)20.61 (4 h3)
4 h5 r2/41477Linford ChristieGBR20.64 (1 h7)20.59 (4 h5)
5 h1 r2/41751Percy SpencerJAM20.73 (3 h4)20.59 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/41357Jordi MayoralESP20.65 (2 h6)20.68 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/41296Anninos MarkoullidisCYP20.57 (3 h3)20.63 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/41583Albert AgyemangGHA20.69 (2 h2)20.87 (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/41172Édson RibeiroBRA20.69 (2 h5)20.60 (5 h5)
6 h1 r2/41119Troy DouglasBER20.41 (3 h1)20.63 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/41604Georgios PanagiotopoulosGRE20.69 (3 h7)20.86 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/42306Vladyslav DolohodinUKR20.57 (2 h9)20.65 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/41994Seun OgunkoyaNGR20.78 (2 h11)21.00 (6 h4)
6 h5 r2/42248Torbjörn ErikssonSWE20.77 (2 h10)20.83 (6 h5)
7 h1 r2/41362Javier NavarroESP20.87 (3 h9)21.06 (7 h1)
7 h3 r2/41736Elston CawleyJAM20.73 (3 h2)20.75 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/41626Joseph LouaGUI20.81 (4 h6)21.01 (7 h4)
7 h5 r2/41022Carlos GatsARG20.82 (4 h3)20.84 (7 h5)
8 h2 r2/42180Oumar LoumSEN20.69 (3 h8)21.31 (7 h2)
8 h3 r2/41241Franck WaotaCIV20.78 (4 h4)21.14 (8 h3)
8 h5 r2/41679Gary RyanIRL20.78 (3 h11)20.89 (8 h5)
AC h4 r2/41155Claudinei da SilvaBRA20.80 (3 h6)– (AC h4)
4 h2 r1/41480Owusu DakoGBR20.83 (4 h2)
4 h5 r1/42196Pierre LiskSLE20.86 (4 h5)
4 h9 r1/42226Alain ReimannSUI20.99 (4 h9)
4 h10 r1/42019Mark KeddellNZL20.93 (4 h10)
4 h11 r1/41221Sebastián KeitelCHI20.96 (4 h11)
5 h1 r1/42125Alfred VisagieRSA21.10 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/41610Thomas SbokosGRE20.88 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/41793Joseph GikonyoKEN20.88 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/41246Benjamin SirimouCMR21.00 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/42250Lars HednerSWE20.97 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/42282Boevi LawsonTOG20.99 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/41200O'Brian GibbonsCAN20.79 (5 h7)– (DNS h1)
5 h8 r1/42015Matthew CoadNZL21.25 (4 h8)
5 h9 r1/41941Ousmane DiarraMLI21.20 (5 h9)
5 h10 r1/41141Justice DipebaBOT21.09 (5 h10)
5 h11 r1/41074Christoph PöstingerAUT20.98 (5 h11)
6 h1 r1/42026Mohamed Al-HoutiOMA21.10 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/41181Anton IvanovBUL21.20 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/42016Chris DonaldsonNZL20.96 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/41452Antoine BoussomboGAB21.06 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/41069Thomas GriesserAUT21.20 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/41638Anderson VilienHAI21.62 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/42131Andrey FedorivRUS20.95 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/42038Amos AliPNG21.37 (5 h8)
6 h9 r1/42298Mohamed Al-AswadUAE21.77 (6 h9)
6 h10 r1/41195Carlton ChambersCAN21.32 (6 h10)
6 h11 r1/41706Sandro FlorisITA21.01 (6 h11)
7 h1 r1/41765Takahiro MazukaJPN21.13 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/42475David WilsonGUM21.85 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/42287Tao Wu-ShiunTPE21.25 (7 h3)
7 h5 r1/41117Pascal DangboBEN21.65 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/41207Peter OgilvieCAN22.00 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/41217Brahim AbdoulayeCHA21.67 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/42418Laurence JackVAN21.94 (6 h8)
7 h10 r1/41027Miguel JanssenARU21.72 (7 h10)
7 h11 r1/41224Chen WenzhongCHN21.05 (7 h11)
8 h2 r1/41958Mohamed Ould BrahimMTN22.71 (8 h2)
8 h5 r1/41257Hadhari DjaffarCOM22.68 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/41522Gustavo EnvelaGEQ22.09 (8 h6)
AC1036Dean CapobiancoAUS20.76 (AC h8)21.03 (AC h2)DQ (doping)
DNS1352Venancio JoséESP– (DNS h4)
DNS1980Olapade AdenikenNGR– (DNS h8)
DNS2095Ibrahim IsmailQAT– (DNS h9)

Round One (31 July 1996)

Top three in each heat and next seven fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One (10:45)

Wind1.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Mike MarshUSA20.270.192Q
28Sergejs InšakovsLAT20.410.170Q
37Troy DouglasBER20.410.238Q
44Steve BrimacombeAUS20.450.148q
53Alfred VisagieRSA21.100.162
66Mohamed Al-HoutiOMA21.100.248
72Takahiro MazukaJPN21.130.133

Heat Two (10:50)

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Iván GarcíaCUB20.490.179Q
28Albert AgyemangGHA20.690.154Q
34Elston CawleyJAM20.730.203Q
41Owusu DakoGBR20.830.149
57Thomas SbokosGRE20.880.2431
65Anton IvanovBUL21.200.191
76David WilsonGUM21.850.242
82Mohamed Ould BrahimMTN22.710.255

Heat Three (10:55)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Ato BoldonTTO20.260.182Q
26Obadele ThompsonBAR20.420.174Q
34Anninos MarkoullidisCYP20.570.223Q
43Carlos GatsARG20.820.202q
52Joseph GikonyoKEN20.880.167
65Chris DonaldsonNZL20.960.160
77Tao Wu-ShiunTPE21.250.174

Heat Four (11:00)

Wind-0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Michael JohnsonUSA20.550.261Q
25Erik WijmeerschBEL20.680.183Q
32Percy SpencerJAM20.730.245Q
44Franck WaotaCIV20.780.166q
58Benjamin SirimouCMR21.000.320
66Antoine BoussomboGAB21.060.235
DNS3Venancio JoséESP

Heat Five (11:05)

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Francis ObikweluNGR20.620.204Q
25Édson RibeiroBRA20.690.158Q
34John RegisGBR20.780.191Q
47Pierre LiskSLE20.860.256
58Lars HednerSWE20.970.137
61Thomas GriesserAUT21.200.193
73Pascal DangboBEN21.650.155
86Hadhari DjaffarCOM22.680.254

Heat Six (11:10)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Patrick StevensBEL20.600.138Q
25Jordi MayoralESP20.650.128Q
31Claudinei da SilvaBRA20.800.187Q
43Joseph LouaGUI20.810.171q
56Boevi LawsonTOG20.990.270
67Anderson VilienHAI21.620.275
78Peter OgilvieCAN22.000.128
82Gustavo EnvelaGEQ22.090.182

Heat Seven (11:15)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Linford ChristieGBR20.640.151Q
24Robert MaćkowiakPOL20.670.231Q
37Georgios PanagiotopoulosGRE20.690.202Q
45Geir MoenNOR20.780.170q
53O'Brian GibbonsCAN20.790.190q
68Andrey FedorivRUS20.950.163
72Brahim AbdoulayeCHA21.670.178

Heat Eight (11:20)

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Neil de SilvaTTO20.540.177Q
23Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA20.610.200Q
37Oumar LoumSEN20.690.233Q
44Matthew CoadNZL21.250.218
58Amos AliPNG21.370.183
66Laurence JackVAN21.940.206
AC2Dean CapobiancoAUS20.760.183DQq
DNS1Olapade AdenikenNGR

Heat Nine (11:25)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Jeff WilliamsUSA20.370.203Q
27Vladyslav DolohodinUKR20.570.171Q
35Javier NavarroESP20.870.216Q
46Alain ReimannSUI20.990.234
52Ousmane DiarraMLI21.200.173
68Mohamed Al-AswadUAE21.770.206
DNS3Ibrahim IsmailQAT

Heat Ten (11:30)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Koji ItoJPN20.560.247Q
27Torbjörn ErikssonSWE20.770.198Q
34Emmanuel TuffourGHA20.850.221Q
42Mark KeddellNZL20.930.160
58Justice DipebaBOT21.090.287
66Carlton ChambersCAN21.320.264
73Miguel JanssenARU21.720.195

Heat Eleven (11:35)

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Frankie FredericksNAM20.590.240Q
22Seun OgunkoyaNGR20.780.161Q
36Gary RyanIRL20.780.225Q
44Sebastián KeitelCHI20.960.195
55Christoph PöstingerAUT20.980.150
63Sandro FlorisITA21.010.176
78Chen WenzhongCHN21.050.194

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1996)

Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (18:15)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Frankie FredericksNAM20.380.154Q
23Jeff WilliamsUSA20.470.196Q
35Obadele ThompsonBAR20.530.207Q
46Erik WijmeerschBEL20.590.2292
58Percy SpencerJAM20.590.329
67Troy DouglasBER20.630.165
71Javier NavarroESP21.060.165
DNS2O'Brian GibbonsCAN

Heat Two (18:20)

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Michael JohnsonUSA20.370.233Q
28Geir MoenNOR20.480.251Q
33Neil de SilvaTTO20.620.187Q
44Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA20.650.187
55Jordi MayoralESP20.680.158
67Georgios PanagiotopoulosGRE20.860.167
72Oumar LoumSEN21.310.197
AC1Dean CapobiancoAUS21.030.161DQ

Heat Three (18:25)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Iván GarcíaCUB20.360.220Q
26Koji ItoJPN20.470.233Q
38Steve BrimacombeAUS20.530.182Q
45Robert MaćkowiakPOL20.610.221
51Anninos MarkoullidisCYP20.630.200
63Vladyslav DolohodinUKR20.650.180
77Elston CawleyJAM20.750.210
82Franck WaotaCIV21.140.219

Heat Four (18:30)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Mike MarshUSA20.390.181Q
25Patrick StevensBEL20.430.165Q3
38John RegisGBR20.560.163Q
44Sergejs InšakovsLAT20.580.145q
53Albert AgyemangGHA20.870.161
67Seun OgunkoyaNGR21.000.184
72Joseph LouaGUI21.010.171
AC1Claudinei da SilvaBRA0.232DNF

Heat Five (18:35)

Wind1.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Ato BoldonTTO20.250.148Q
25Francis ObikweluNGR20.490.198Q
32Emmanuel TuffourGHA20.490.144Q
43Linford ChristieGBR20.590.148
54Édson RibeiroBRA20.600.156
67Torbjörn ErikssonSWE20.830.204
78Carlos GatsARG20.840.288
81Gary RyanIRL20.890.176

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:10)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Michael JohnsonUSA20.270.155Q
26Iván GarcíaCUB20.340.254Q
33Jeff WilliamsUSA20.390.188Q
45Patrick StevensBEL20.460.173Q
57Francis ObikweluNGR20.560.252
68John RegisGBR20.580.231
72Emmanuel TuffourGHA20.610.168
81Neil de SilvaTTO21.260.161

Heat Two (19:15)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Frankie FredericksNAM19.980.153Q
24Ato BoldonTTO20.050.160Q
33Mike MarshUSA20.260.167Q
42Obadele ThompsonBAR20.320.181Q
57Steve BrimacombeAUS20.380.161
66Koji ItoJPN20.450.266
78Sergejs InšakovsLAT20.480.159
81Geir MoenNOR20.960.146

Final (1 August 1996 — 21:00)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Michael JohnsonUSA19.320.161WR
25Frankie FredericksNAM19.680.200
36Ato BoldonTTO19.800.208
48Obadele ThompsonBAR20.140.202
52Jeff WilliamsUSA20.170.182
64Iván GarcíaCUB20.210.229
77Patrick StevensBEL20.270.151
81Mike MarshUSA20.480.167