Great Britain at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Great Britain, represented by the British Olympic Association (BOA), competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. British athletes have competed in every single Summer Olympic Games. 300 competitors, 184 men and 116 women, took part in 175 events in 22 sports.[1]

Great Britain at the
1996 Summer Olympics
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
IOC codeGBR
NOCBritish Olympic Association
in Atlanta
Competitors300 (184 men and 116 women) in 22 sports
Flag bearers Steve Redgrave (opening)
Roger Black (closing)
Medals
Ranked 36th
Gold
1
Silver
8
Bronze
6
Total
15
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

The Atlanta games saw Great Britain's worst performance at a Summer Olympics since 1952. As final medal rankings were tabulated, Great Britain finished in 36th position, finishing below much smaller nations such as neighbouring Ireland (who won 3 golds) and even North Korea (who won 2 golds) winning just one single gold medal and overall total of just 15 medals.

This was the country's lowest ever numerical ranking in the table and they were dubbed “The Team of Shame”, leaving Great Britain with numerous questions about the overall state of sport in the country which was still at the time compared to other major countries largely based on amateurism. The games saw the British team riddled by poor performances and gaffes (most notable was defending champion Linford Christie's disqualification from the 100 meters final due to two false starts, the second of which was controversial) coupled with low morale and self esteem. Due to a lack of funding, athletes were forced to recreate the humidity of Atlanta by practising in their bathrooms at home with the shower turned on, and several sold their Olympic kit on the streets in order to raise funds to repay loans.[2][3][4]

The poor British performance at the Atlanta Olympics led to the creation of UK Sport, a public body which distributes National Lottery funding for elite sports,[3] which started the following year.[5] Nevertheless, the single gold medal won by rowers Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave ensured that Great Britain maintained its record of winning at least one gold medal at every Summer Olympics.

MedallistsEdit

Medals by sport
Sport       Total
Rowing 1 0 1 2
Athletics 0 4 2 6
Sailing 0 2 0 2
Swimming 0 1 1 2
Tennis 0 1 0 1
Cycling 0 0 2 2
Total 1 8 6 15

GoldEdit

SilverEdit

BronzeEdit

Medals by dayEdit

Medals by date
Day Date       Total
1 20 July 0 0 0 0
2 21 July 0 0 0 0
3 22 July 0 1 0 1
4 23 July 0 0 0 0
5 24 July 0 0 0 0
6 25 July 0 0 1 1
7 26 July 0 0 0 0
8 27 July 1 1 1 3
9 28 July 0 0 2 2
10 29 July 0 1 0 1
11 30 July 0 1 0 1
12 31 July 0 1 1 2
13 1 Aug 0 1 0 1
14 2 Aug 0 0 0 0
15 3 Aug 0 2 1 3
16 4 Aug 0 0 0 0
Total 1 8 6 15

ArcheryEdit

Women's Individual Competition:

Men's Individual Competition:

AthleticsEdit

Men's 100 metres

  • Linford Christie
    • Heat - 10.26
    • Quarter-final - 10.03
    • Semi-final - 10.04
    • Final - DSQ
  • Ian Mackie
    • Heat - 10.27
    • Quarter-final - 10.25
    • Semi-final - DNS


Men's 200 metres

  • John Regis
    • Heat - 20.78
    • Quarter-final - 20.56
    • Semi-final - 20.58 (→ did not advance)


Men's 400 metres

  • Roger Black
    • Heat - 45.28
    • Quarter-final - 44.72
    • Semi-final - 44.69
    • Final - 44.41 (→   Silver Medal)
  • Iwan Thomas
    • Heat - 45.22
    • Quarter-final - 45.04
    • Semi-final - 45.01
    • Final - 44.70 (→ 5th Place)
  • Du'aine Ladejo
    • Heat - 46.27
    • Quarter-final - 45.62 (→ did not advance)


Men's 800 metres

  • Curtis Robb
    • Heat - 1:45.85
    • Semi-Final - 1:47.48 (→ did not advance)
  • Craig Winrow
    • Heat - 1:47.41
    • Semi-Final - 1:48.57 (→ did not advance)


Men's 1500 metres

  • John Mayock
    • Heat - 3:42.31
    • Semi-final - 3:34.55
    • Final - 3:40.18 (→ 11th Place)
  • Kevin McKay
    • Heat - 3:38.02
    • Semi-final - 3:43.61 (→ did not advance)


Men's 5,000 metres

  • John Nuttall
    • Qualification – 13:52.16
    • Semi-final – 14:08.39 (→ did not advance)


Men's 10,000 metres

  • Jon Brown
    • Qualification – 28:19.85
    • Final - 27:59.72 (→ 10th place)


Men's Marathon


Men's 110m Hurdles

  • Colin Jackson
    • Heat - 13.36
    • Quarter-final - 13.33
    • Semi-final - 13.17
    • Final - 13.19 (→ 4th Place)
  • Andy Tulloch
    • Heat - 13.56
    • Quarter-final - 13.68 (→ did not advance)


Men's 400m Hurdles

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

  • Keith Cullen
    • Heat – 8:31.26
    • Semi-finals – 8:46.74 (→ did not advance)
  • Justin Chaston
    • Heat – 8:28.32
    • Semi-finals – 8:28.50 (→ did not advance)
  • Spencer Duval
    • Heat – 8:46.76 (→ did not advance)


Men's 50 km Walk


Men's 4 × 100m Relay


Men's 4 × 400m Relay


Men's High Jump

  • Steve Smith
    • Qualification - 2.28
    • Final - 2.35 (→   Bronze Medal)


Men's Pole Vault


Men's Triple Jump


Men's Shot Put


Men's Discus Throw

  • Bob Weir
    • Qualification – 61.64 m (→ did not advance)
  • Glen Smith
    • Qualification – 54.88 m (→ did not advance)

Men's Hammer Throw

  • David Smith
    • Qualification – 69.32 m (→ did not advance)


Men's Javelin Throw

  • Mick Hill
    • Qualification - 80.48
    • Final – 78.58 (→ 12th Place)


Men's Decathlon


Women's 100 metres

  • Stephi Douglas
    • Heat - 11.61
    • Quarter-final - 11.75 (→ did not advance)
  • Simmone Jacobs
    • Heat - 11.39
    • Quarter-final - 11.47 (→ did not advance)


Women's 200 metres

  • Simmone Jacobs
    • Heat - 23.36
    • Quarter-final - 22.96 (→ did not advance)


Women's 400 metres

  • Donna Fraser
    • Heat - 52.78
    • Quarter-final - 51.58 (→ did not advance)
  • Phylis Smith
    • Heat - 51.29
    • Quarter-final - 52.16 (→ did not advance)


Women's 800 metres

  • Kelly Holmes
    • Heat - 1:58.80
    • Semi-final - 1:58.49
    • Final - 1:58.81 (→ 4th Place)


Women's 1500 metres

  • Kelly Holmes
    • Heat - 4:07.36
    • Semi-final - 4:05.88
    • Final - 4:07.46 (→ 11th Place)


Women's 5,000 metres


Women's Marathon


Women's 110 m Hurdles

  • Angela Thorp
    • Heat - 12.93
    • Quarter-final - 12.99
    • Semi-final - 12.80 (→ did not advance)


Women's 400 m Hurdles

  • Sally Gunnell
    • Qualification – 55.29
    • Semi-finals – DNF (→ did not advance)


Women's 10km Walk


Women's 4×100 metres Relay


Women's 4×400 metres Relay


Women's Long Jump

Women's Triple Jump

Women's High Jump

  • Lea Haggett
    • Qualification – 1.90 m (→ did not advance)
  • Debbie Marti
    • Qualification – 1.85 m (→ did not advance)


Women's Shot Put

  • Judy Oakes
    • Qualification – 18.56 m
    • Final – 18.34 m (→ 11th place)


Women's Discus Throw


Women's Javelin Throw

Women's Heptathlon

BadmintonEdit

Beach volleyballEdit

BoxingEdit

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semi-finals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
David Burke Featherweight   Huste (GER)
L 9–13
Did not advance
Fola Okesola Heavyweight Bye   Jones (USA)
L RSCI
Did not advance

CanoeingEdit

CyclingEdit

Road competitionEdit

Men's Individual Time Trial

  • Final – 1:04:36 (→   Bronze Medal)

Women's Individual Road Race

  • Final – 02:37:06 (→ 11th place)
  • Final – 02:37:06 (→ 19th place)
  • Final – 02:53:47 (→ 43rd place)

Women's Individual Time Trial

  • Final – 39:09 (→ 14th place)
  • Final – 41:16 (→ 21st place)

Track competitionEdit

Men's Team Pursuit

Mountain BikeEdit

Men's Cross Country

  • Final – 2:29:10 (→ 12th place)
  • Final – 2:32:30 (→ 15th place)

Women's Cross Country

  • Final – 2:04.44 (→ 22nd place)

DivingEdit

Men's 3m Springboard

  • Preliminary Heat – 345.33
  • Semi-final – 203.46 (→ did not advance, 18th place)
  • Preliminary Heat – 318.69 (→ did not advance, 24th place)

Women's 10m Platform

  • Preliminary Heat – 251.73
  • Semi-final – 158.43
  • Final – 259.68 (→ 9th place)

EquestrianEdit

FencingEdit

Two fencers, one man and one woman, represented Great Britain in 1996.

Men's sabre
Women's foil

GymnasticsEdit

HockeyEdit

Men's Team CompetitionEdit

  • Preliminary Round (Group B)
  • Classification Matches
  • Team Roster

Women's Team CompetitionEdit

  • Round Robin
  • Bronze Medal Game
  • Great Britain – Netherlands 0–0 (The Netherlands wins after penalty strokes, 3–4) → Fourth place
  • Team Roster

JudoEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

Men's Individual Competition:

RowingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semi-finals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Peter Haining Single sculls 7:42.65 4 R 7:45.95 2 SA/B 7:30.47 6 FB 6:55.06 11
Matthew Pinsent
Steve Redgrave
Pair 6:50.04 1 Q N/A 6:50.30 1 FA 6:20.09  
James Cracknell
Bob Thatcher
Guy Pooley*
Double sculls 7:00.74 5 R 7:00.81 1 SC/D 6:51.22 2 FC 6:51.41 17
Nicholas Strange
Andrew Sinton
Lightweight double sculls 6:56.86 5 R 6:22.27 2 SA/B 6:39.20 5 FB 6:31.15 12
Tim Foster
Rupert Obholzer
Greg Searle
Jonny Searle
Four 6:14.74 1 Q N/A 6:10.78 1 FA 6:07.28  
Ben Helm
Tom Kay
David Lemon
James McNiven
Lightweight four 6:35.95 5 R 6:02.65 2 SA/B 6:19.07 5 FB 6:05.13 10
Peter Bridge
Roger Brown
Richard Hamilton
Ben Hunt-Davis
Matthew Parish
Graham Smith
Alex Story
James Walker
Garry Herbert (cox)
Eight 5:49.37 4 R 5:33.22 3 FB N/A 5:40.23 8
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semi-finals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Guin Batten Single sculls 8:16.75 4 R 8:44.73 2 SA/B 7:56.61 3 FA 7:45.08 7
Philippa Cross
Kate MacKenzie
Pair 8:03.53 4 R 8:15.26 3 SA/B 7:59.57 6 FB 7:34.68 12
Miriam Batten
Cath Bishop
Dot Blackie
Lisa Eyre
Alison Gill
Kate Pollitt
Annamarie Stapleton
Joanne Turvey
Suzie Ellis (cox)
Eight 6:39.34 4 R 6:12.28 6 FB N/A 6:15.21 7

SailingEdit

ShootingEdit

SwimmingEdit

Men's 50 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 22.73
  • B-Final – 23.01 (→ 16th place)

Men's 100 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 51.03 (→ did not advance, 28th place)

Men's 200 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 1:49.05
  • Swim-off – 1:48.89
  • Final – 1:49.39 (→ 8th place)
  • Heat – 1:51.06
  • B-Final – 1:50.59 (→ 15th place)

Men's 400 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 3:51.98
  • Final – 3:49.00 (→   Silver Medal)

Men's 1500 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 15.14.81
  • Final – 15:02.48 (→   Bronze Medal)
  • Heat – 15:22.65 (→ did not advance, 10th place)

Men's 100 m Backstroke

  • Heat – 56.27
  • B-Final – 56.07 (→ 10th place)
  • Heat – 57.17 (→ did not advance, 28th place)

Men's 200 m Backstroke

  • Heat – 2:01.35
  • B-Final – 2:02.40 (→ 13th place)
  • Heat – 2:07.75 (→ did not advance, 32nd place)

Men's 100 m Breaststroke

  • Heat – 1:02.78
  • B-Final – 1:02.51 (→ 11th place)

Men's 200 m Breaststroke

  • Heat – 2:14.96
  • Final – 2:14.37 (→ 4th place)

Men's 100 m Butterfly

  • Heat – 53.73
  • B-Final – 53.23 (→ 9th place)

Men's 200 m Butterfly

  • Heat – 1:58.16
  • Final – 1:58.47 (→ 7th place)

Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat – 3:21.34
  • Final – 3:21.52 (→ 8th place)

Men's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat – 7:21.92
  • Final – 7:18.74 (→ 5th place)

Men's 4 × 100 m Medley Relay

  • Heat – DSQ (→ did not advance)


Women's 50 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 26.39 (→ did not advance, 23rd place)

Women's 100 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 56.40
  • B-Final – 56.32 (→ 14th place)
  • Heat – 56.62
  • B-Final – 56.58 (→ 16th place)

Women's 200 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 2:01.46
  • B-Final – 2:02.58 (→ 13th place)

Women's 400 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 4:14.50
  • B-Final – 4:14.13 (→ 9th place)

Women's 800 m Freestyle

  • Heat – 8:37.54
  • Final – 8:41.75 (→ 8th place)

Women's 100 m Backstroke

  • Heat – 1:03.89
  • B-Final – 1:03.61 (→ 13th place)

Women's 200 m Backstroke

  • Heat – 2:15.12
  • B-Final – 2:14.50 (→ 12th place)

Women's 100 m Breaststroke

  • Heat – 1:10.83 (→ did not advance, 17th place)

Women's 200 m Breaststroke

  • Heat – 2:31.12
  • B-Final – 2:31.39 (→ 14th place)

Women's 200 m Individual Medley

  • Heat – 2:18.81 (→ did not advance, 21st place)

Women's 400 m Individual Medley

  • Heat – 4:54.64 (→ did not advance, 19th place)

Women's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat – 3:48.26 (→ did not advance, 9th place)

Women's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat – 8:14.92 (→ did not advance, 10th place)

Women's 4 × 100 m Medley Relay

  • Heat – 4:13.75 (→ did not advance, 13th place)

Table tennisEdit

TennisEdit

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semi-finals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Tim Henman Singles   Matsuoka (JPN)
W 7–6(7–4), 6–3
  Woodbridge (AUS)
L 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)
Did not advance
Greg Rusedski   Frana (ARG)
W 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
  Gustafsson (SWE)
W 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3
  Bruguera (ESP)
L 6–7(7–9), 3–6
Did not advance
Neil Broad
Tim Henman
Doubles N/A   Krošlák /
Kučera (SVK)
W 6–3, 6–3
  Connell /
Nestor (CAN)
W 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–4
  Novák /
Vacek (CZE)
W 7–6(7–4), 6–4
  Goellner /
Prinosil (GER)
W 4–6, 6–3, 10–8
  Woodbridge /
Woodforde (AUS)
L 4–6, 4–6, 2–6
 
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semi-finals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Clare Wood Singles   Farina (ITA)
L 2–6, 2–6
Did not advance
Valda Lake
Clare Wood
Doubles N/A   K Maleeva /
M Maleeva (BUL)
W 3–6, 7–6(10–8), 6–3
  Coetzer /
de Swardt (RSA)
W 7–5, 7–5
  G Fernández /
MJ Fernández (USA)
L 2–6, 1–6
Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

Men's Light-Heavyweight

  • Final – 147.5 + 180.0 = 327.5 (→ 12th place)

WrestlingEdit

ReferencesEdit

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