XXVI Olympic Games


ATLANTA 1996

Games of the XXVI Olympiad

The 1996 Games were given a dramatic start when the cauldron was lit by Muhammad Ali. On 27 July during a concert held in the Centennial Olympic Park, a terrorist bomb killed one person and injured a further 110 people, but the Atlanta Games are best remembered for their sporting achievements. A record-setting 79 nations won medals and 53 won gold. Carl Lewis became only the third person to win the same individual event four times and the fourth person to earn a ninth gold medal. Naim Suleymanoglu became the first weightlifter to win a third gold medal. Michael Johnson smashed the 200m world record to complete a 200m and 400m double.


Participating Nations

197

Participants

10,318 athletes (3,512 women, 6,806 men)

Events

271

The top three winners were: United States of America, Russian Federation and Germany


Medal Tally of 26th Olympic Games

Rank.
Nation
Medals
Gold
  Silver
Bronze
Total
1
United States of America
44
32
25
101
2
Russian Federation
26
21
16
63
3
Germany
20
18
27
65
4
People's Republic of China
16
22
12
50
5
France
15
7
15
37
6
Italy
13
10
12
35
7
Australia
9
9
23
41
8
Cuba
9
8
8
25
9
Ukraine
9
2
12
23
10
Korea
7
15
5
27
11
Poland
7
5
5
17
12
Hungary
7
4
10
21
13
Spai
5
6
6
17
14
Romania
4
7
9
20
15
Netherlands
4
5
10
19
16
Greece
4
4
0
8
17
Czech Republic
4
3
4
11
18
Switzerland
4
3
0
7
=19
Denmark
4
1
1
6
=19
Turkey
4
1
1
6
21
Canada
3
11
8
22
22
Bulgaria
3
7
5
15
23
Japan
3
6
5
14
24
Kazakhstan
3
4
4
11
25
Brazil
3
3
9
15
26
New Zealand
3
2
1
6
27
South Africa
3
1
1
5
28
Ireland
3
0
1
4
29
Sweden
2
4
2
8
30
Norway
2
2
3
7
31
Belgium
2
2
2
6
32
Nigeria
2
1
3
6
33
DPR Korea
2
1
2
5
=34
Algeria
2
0
1
3
=34
Ethiopia
2
0
1
3
36
Great Britain
1
8
6
15
37
Belarus
1
6
8
15
38
Kenya
1
4
3
8
39
Jamaica
1
3
2
6
40
Finland
1
2
1
4
=41
Indonesia
1
1
2
4
=41
Yugoslavia
1
1
2
4
=43
Islamic Republic of Iran
1
1
1
3
=43
Slovakia
1
1
1
3
=45
Armenia
1
1
0
2
=45
Croatia
1
1
0
2
=47
Portugal
1
0
1
2
=47
Thailand
1
0
1
2
=49
Burundi
1
0
0
1
=49
Costa Rica
1
0
0
1
=49
Ecuador
1
0
0
1
=49
Hong-Kong
1
0
0
1
=49
Syrian Arab Republic
1
0
0
1
54
Argentina
0
2
1
3
=55
Namibia
0
2
0
2
=55
Slovenia
0
2
0
2
57
Austria
0
1
2
3
=58
Malaysia
0
1
1
2
=58
Republic of Moldova
0
1
1
2
=58
Uzbekistan
0
1
1
2
=61
Azerbaijan
0
1
0
1
=61
Bahamas
0
1
0
1
=61
Chinese Taipei
0
1
0
1
=61
Latvia
0
1
0
1
=61
Philippines
0
1
0
1
=61
Tonga
0
1
0
1
=61
Zambia
0
1
0
1
=68
Georgia
0
0
2
2
=68
Morocco
0
0
2
2
=68
Trinidad and Tobago
0
0
2
2
=71
India
0
0
1
1
=71
Israel
0
0
1
1
=71
Lithuania
0
0
1
1
=71
Mexico
0
0
1
1
=71
Mongolia
0
0
1
1
=71
Mozambique
0
0
1
1
=71
Puerto Rico
0
0
1
1
=71
Tunisia
0
0
1
1
=71
Uganda
0
0
1
1
Total
271
273
298
842