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Brazil at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Brazil competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. 225 athletes - 159 men, 66 women - competed in 18 sports. The country set a record with both 15 medals - only surpassed in 2008 - and 3 golds - surpassed in 2004 with five.

Brazil at the
1996 Summer Olympics
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NOCBrazilian Olympic Committee (in Portuguese)
in Atlanta
Competitors225 (159 men, 66 women) in 19 sports
Flag bearer Joaquim Cruz
Ranked 25th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

After 76 years since the debut of the country at the 1920 Summer Olympics, Brazilian women finally won Olympic medals. That happened for the first time in the all-Brazilian's beach volleyball final between Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva (who won gold) and Mônica Rodrigues and Adriana Samuel. Beach volleyball competitions made its debut at 1996 Summer Olympics.

The other two gold medals were both obtained in Sailing events. Robert Scheidt was gold medalist in the Laser class. Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira won Star class. It was the first medal of Robert Scheidt and the third medal of Torben Grael; both sailors are the onliest Brazilian athletes with the record of five olympic medals ( two of them are gold ). Besides the two gold medals, a bronze medal was also obtained in sailing by Torben's brother Lars Grael and Kiko Pellicano in Tornado class.

Brazil women's national basketball team, leaded by Hortência Marcari, Janeth Arcain and Maria Paula Silva, had a great performance, losing the gold medal match to host country United States women's national basketball team. It was the first medal won by women in Basketball.

The swimmer Gustavo Borges obtained the silver medal in men's 200 metre freestyle and the bronze medal in 100 metre freestyle. The other medal obtained in swimmer was the bronze medal conquered by Fernando Scherer in men's 50 m freestyle.

Brazil women's national volleyball team, finally won its first Olympic medal after a hard bronze medal match against Russia by 3 sets to 2.

At the men's football tournament, the under-23 football team lost a dramatic semifinal to Nigeria by 4 - 3, after being winning the match by 3 to 0. In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Portugal by 5 - 0.

At the Judo events, Brazil won two bronze medals. The 1988 Olympic champion Aurélio Miguel obtained a medal in men's 95 kg category, while Henrique Guimarães was the medalist in men's 65 kg category.

The bronze medal obtained by equestrians Luiz Felipe de Azevedo, André Johannpeter, Alvaro Miranda Neto and Rodrigo Pessoa in team jumping was the first of the History of the country not only in Equestrian as also in a mixed gender Olympic event.

Finally, Robson da Silva, Édson Ribeiro, André da Silva and Arnaldo da Silva obtained for the first time ever a medal in a relay event in Athletics, the bronze in the men's 4 × 100 metres relay.


Multiple medallistEdit

The following competitor won several medals at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Name Medal Sport Event
Gustavo Borges   Silver
Swimming Men's 200 metre freestyle
Men's 100 metre freestyle

Results by eventEdit


Men's 1,500 metres

Men's 5,000 metres

Men's 4 × 400 m Relay

Men's 400m Hurdles

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Men's Long Jump

Men's Marathon

Women's 800 metres

Women's Marathon

Women's Triple Jump

Women's Shot Put


Men's Featherweight (57 kg)

Men's Lightweight (60 kg)

Men's Light Welterweight (63,5 kg)

Men's Light Middleweight (71 kg)

Men's Middleweight (75 kg)

Men's Light Heavyweight (81 kg)


Road CompetitionEdit

Men's Individual Time Trial

Mountain BikeEdit

Men's Cross Country


Men's tournament
Women's tournament


Athlete Event Final
Score Rank
Jean Labatut Trap 119 20


Men's 50 m Freestyle

Men's 100 m Freestyle

Men's 200 m Freestyle

Men's 400 m Freestyle

  • Luiz Lima
    1. Heat – 3:56.43 (→ did not advance, 18th place)

Men's 1500 m Freestyle

  • Luiz Lima
    1. Heat – 15:24.16 (→ did not advance, 11th place)

Men's 100 m Backstroke

Men's 200 m Backstroke

Men's 100 m Butterfly

Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

Men's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

Women's 100 m Freestyle

Women's 100 m Butterfly

Women's 200 m Individual Medley


Men's Singles Competition


Men's Indoor Team CompetitionEdit

Men's Beach CompetitionEdit

Women's Indoor Team CompetitionEdit

See alsoEdit