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Atlanta
1996 Atlanta XXVI edition of the Summer Olympics 19 July - 04 August 1996
Medal table All gold, silver and bronze medals won by the Italia Team.
13 10 12

Nations 197

Athletes 10328 (6817 Uomini; 3511 Donne)

Italian athletes 340 (236 Uomini; 104 Donne)

I declare the Games of Atlanta celebrating the twenty-sixth Olympics of the modern era open. With these words, President Bill Clinton received a long standing ovation from the 83,000 spectators present at the opening ceremony. For the fourth time in less than a century the United States celebrated hosting the Games. The torch to light the Olympic Flame was entrusted, with a clever coup de theatre, to the sick and trembling hands of one of the most popular exponents of American sports, Muhammad Ali, winner, under the name of Cassius Clay, of the Olympic heavyweight title in Rome1960. However, the centenary Games presented contradictory aspects. The city of Atlanta, one of the most important centres of the southern United States, despite the impressive technology deployed - which often, however, did not work properly - showed the world a distracted and chaotic side that made the heads of the IOC seriously reconsider the choice of future Olympic hosts. The oppressive atmosphere created by security measures set up by the authorities would then become unbearable after the crazy Olympic Park bombing. It was an atmosphere that didn't always favour athletes' performances, however there were still many fine ones. The Atlanta Games were the first Olympics with limited participation, where athletes had to actually win, in difficult pre-Olympic trials, the right to compete at the Games. This latest change, which together with complete opening up to professionals, made this edition of the Games a completely different event from that imagined by De Coubertin, but in perfect line with the times, and with what people and TV desired. The hero of the Games was the Texan, Michael Johnson, who accomplished an historic feat, winning at the same Olympics the 400 metre gold and three days after the 200 metre title. In the last race, the twenty-nine-year old from Texas silenced the world by bringing the world record down to an amazing 19.32. Speaking of speed (enhanced by an Italian built track) the world record for 100 metres was rewritten by the Canadian, Donovan Bailey, who won in 9.84 ahead of the Namibian, Frankie Fredericks and the star athlete from Trinidad, Ato Boldon for the fastest hundred in the history of athletics. Carl Lewis also claimed a personal record: at the age of 35 he managed to win a fourth consecutive gold medal in the long jump. A record 197 countries participated at the Atlanta Games. Also present was a delegation from Palestine, while the South African team marched behind the new banner of the racial reunification. And it was the turn of an unknown black South African, Josia Thugware, to win the most classic of Olympic events, the marathon. The Olympics were not without heroic tales and small personal dramas. Such as that of the diminutive US gymnast Kerri Strug who, fracturing an ankle at the end of the vault, still managed to conclude the exercise helping the US team claim their first gold in the gymnastics team event. Even for Jury Chechi, who had dominated the rings for years, it was his first Olympic gold, after pulling out of Barcelona in 92 due to an accident just a few days before the competition. Italy, protagonist from start to finish, began with Roberto Di Donna claiming the first gold medal offered on the 20th of July in the 10 metre air pistol and finished with the final event scheduled on the 4th of August, with the team ending the Games with a silver in volleyball. A total of 13 gold medals, 10 silvers and 12 bronzes, without doubt the most prestigious Olympic achievement of all time if compared to the number of events and the number of participating athletes. In the medal table, the United States topped the 100 mark with 44 golds 32 silvers and 25 bronzes. Germany followed in terms of total medals won with 65 medals of which 20 were gold, returning to top level for the first time since the crisis following reunification. Behind the two sporting giants was Russia (61 medals, 26 golds), China (50 medals) Australia (41 medals), France (37 medals), Italy (35 medals).

All medals

Antonio Rossi gold Canoeing K1 500 m

Antonio Rossi, Daniele Scarpa gold Canoeing K2 1.000 m

Agostino Abbagnale, Davide Tizzano gold Rowing Double sculls

Silvio Martinello gold Cicling Road point race

Paola Pezzo gold Cicling Road women cross country

Andrea Collinelli gold Cicling Road individual pursuit

Antonella Bellutti gold Cicling Road Individual pursuit women

Jury Chechi gold Gymnastics rings

Alessandro Puccini gold Fencing Foil individual

Giovanna Trillini, Francesca Bortolozzi, Valentina Vezzali gold Fencing foil team women

Sandro Cuomo, Angelo Mazzoni, Maurizio Randazzo gold Fencing Epee team

Roberto Di Donna gold Pisto and Rifle 10 M air pistol

Ennio Falco gold Shotgun skeet

Elisabetta Perrone silver Athletics 10Km race walk women

Fiona May silver Athletics Long jump

Beniamino Bonomi, Daniele Scarpa silver Canoeing K1 500 m

Beniamino Bonomi silver Canoeing K1 1.000 m

Imelda Chiappa silver Cicling Road INDIVIDUAL ROAD RACE WOMEN

Girolamo Giovinazzo silver Judo 60 kg

Lorenzo Bernardi, Vigor Bovolenta, Marco Bracci, Luca Cantagalli, Andrea Gardini, Andrea Giani, Pasquale Gravina, Marco Meoni, Samuele Papi, Andrea Sartoretti, Paolo Tofoli, Andrea Zorzi silver Volleyball

Valentina Vezzali silver Fencing foil individual women

Margherita Zalaffi, Laura Chiesa, Elisa Uga silver Fencing Ep?e team women

Albano Pera silver Shotgun double trap

Alessandro Lambruschini bronze Athletics 3000m steeplechase

Roberta Brunet bronze Athletics 5.000 m women

Josefa Idem bronze Canoeing K1 500 m women

Ylenia Scapin bronze Judo 72 Kg women

Emanuele Merisi bronze Swimming 200 m backstroke

Francesco Attolico, Alessandro Bovo, Amedeo Pomilio, Carlo Silipo, Alberto Angelini, Fabio Bencivenga, Alessandro Calcaterra, Marco Gerini, Alberto Ghibellini, Luca Giustolisi, Francesco Postiglione, Leonardo Sottani, Roberto Calcaterra bronze Water Polo water polo

Giovanna Trillini bronze Fencing foil individual women

Raffaello Caserta, Luigi Tarantino, Thoni Terenzi bronze Fencing Sabre team

Roberto Di Donna bronze Pisto and Rifle 50 M free pistol

Matteo Bisiani, Michele Frangilli, Andrea Parenti bronze Archery Team

Andrea Benelli bronze Shotgun skeet

Alessandra Sensini bronze Sailing Mistral women

Fiona May Athletics
Date of birth: 12.12.1969
District of birth: Slough (Gran Bretagna)
Nation of birth:
Sport Athletics
Speciality: Long jump
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 silver Athletics Long jump
Elisabetta Perrone Athletics
Date of birth: 09.07.1968
District of birth: Camburzano (Vercelli)
Nation of birth:
Sport Athletics
Speciality: Marcia 20 Km.
Alessandro Lambruschini Athletics
Date of birth: 07.01.1965
District of birth: Fucecchio (Firenze)
Nation of birth:
Sport Athletics
Speciality: 3000 m. siepi
Roberta Brunet Athletics
Date of birth: 20.05.1965
District of birth: Aosta
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Athletics
Speciality: 5000 metri
Antonio Rossi Canoeing
Date of birth: 19.12.2007
District of birth: Lecco
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Canoeing
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Atene 2004 silver Canoeing K2 1.000 m
Sydney 2000 gold Canoeing K2 1000 m
Barcellona 1992 bronze Canoeing K2 500 m
Beniamino Bonomi Canoeing
Date of birth: 09.03.1968
District of birth: Verbania
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Canoeing
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Atene 2004 silver Canoeing K2 1.000 m
Sydney 2000 gold Canoeing K2 1000 m
Daniele Scarpa Canoeing
Date of birth: 03.01.1964
District of birth: Venezia
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Canoeing
Speciality: K2 500 m. - 1000 m.
Josefa Idem Canoeing
Date of birth: 23.09.1964
District of birth: GOCH
Nation of birth:
Sport Canoeing
Speciality: velocità K1 m. 500
Other Olympic Games victories
Pechino 2008 silver Canoeing K1 500
Atene 2004 silver Canoeing K1 500 m
Sydney 2000 gold Canoeing K1 500 m
Agostino Abbagnale Rowing
Date of birth: 25.08.1966
District of birth: Pompei (Napoli)
Nation of birth:
Sport Rowing
Speciality: quattro di coppia - due di coppia
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 gold Rowing Quadruple sculls
Seul 1988 gold Rowing Quadruple sculls
Davide Tizzano Rowing
Date of birth: 21.05.1968
District of birth: Napoli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Rowing
Speciality: quattro di coppia - due di coppia
Other Olympic Games victories
Seul 1988 gold Rowing Quadruple sculls
Silvio Martinello Cicling Road
Date of birth: 19.01.1963
District of birth: Padova
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Cicling Road
Speciality: point race
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 bronze Cicling Road american
Paola Pezzo Cicling Road
Date of birth: 08.01.1969
District of birth: Boscochiesanuova (Vr)
Nation of birth:
Sport Cicling Road
Speciality: Mountain Byke
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 gold Cicling Road mountain bike
Antonella Bellutti Cicling Road
Date of birth: 07.11.1968
District of birth: Bolzano
Nation of birth:
Sport Cicling Road
Speciality: inseguimento indiv. - corsa a punti
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 gold Cicling Road point race
Andrea Collinelli Cicling Road
Date of birth: 02.07.1969
District of birth: Ravenna
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Cicling Road
Speciality: inseguimento
Imelda Chiappa Cicling Road
Date of birth: 10.05.1966
District of birth: Bergamo
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Cicling Road
Speciality: corsa su strada
Jury Chechi Gymnastics
Date of birth: 11.10.1969
District of birth: Prato
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Gymnastics
Speciality: concorso generale - anelli
Other Olympic Games victories
Atene 2004 bronze Gymnastics rings
Girolamo Giovinazzo Judo
Date of birth: 10.09.1968
District of birth: Roma
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Judo
Speciality: ctg.66 Kg.
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 bronze Judo 66 kg
Ylenia Scapin Judo
Date of birth: 08.01.1975
District of birth: Bolzano
Nation of birth:
Sport Judo
Speciality: ctg. 70 Kg.
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 bronze Judo 70 kg
Emanuele Merisi Swimming
Date of birth: 10.10.1972
District of birth: Treviglio (Bg)
Nation of birth:
Sport Swimming
Speciality: dorso
Francesco Attolico Water Polo
Date of birth: 23.03.1963
District of birth: Bari
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Barcellona 1992 gold Water Polo water polo
Alessandro Bovo Water Polo
Date of birth: 01.01.1969
District of birth: Genova
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Barcellona 1992 gold Water Polo water polo
Amedeo Pomilio Water Polo
Date of birth: 11.02.1967
District of birth: Pescara
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Barcellona 1992 gold Water Polo water polo
Carlo Silipo Water Polo
Date of birth: 10.09.1971
District of birth: Napoli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Barcellona 1992 gold Water Polo water polo
Alberto Angelini Water Polo
Date of birth: 28.09.1974
District of birth: Savona
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Fabio Bencivenga Water Polo
Date of birth: 20.01.1976
District of birth: Capua (Caserta)
Nation of birth:
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Alessandro Calcaterra Water Polo
Date of birth: 26.05.1975
District of birth: Civitavecchia
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Marco Gerini Water Polo
Date of birth: 05.08.1971
District of birth: Roma
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Alberto Ghibellini Water Polo
Date of birth: 12.06.1973
District of birth: Genova
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Luca Giustolisi Water Polo
Date of birth: 13.03.1970
District of birth: Trieste
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Francesco Postiglione Water Polo
Date of birth: 29.04.1972
District of birth: Napoli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Leonardo Sottani Water Polo
Date of birth: 01.11.1973
District of birth: Figline Valdarno (Fi)
Nation of birth:
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
Lorenzo Bernardi Volleyball
Date of birth: 11.08.1968
District of birth: Trento
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Amsterdam 1928 bronze Football
Vigor Bovolenta Volleyball
Date of birth: 30.05.1974
District of birth: Contarina (Rovigo)
Nation of birth:
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Date of death: 24.03.2012
District of death: Macerata
Marco Bracci Volleyball
Date of birth: 23.08.1966
District of birth: Fucecchio (Firenze)
Nation of birth:
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Luca Cantagalli Volleyball
Date of birth: 08.12.1965
District of birth: Reggio Emilia
Nation of birth:
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Andrea Gardini Volleyball
Date of birth: 01.10.1965
District of birth: Bagnacavallo (Ra)
Nation of birth:
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Andrea Giani Volleyball
Date of birth: 22.04.1970
District of birth: Napoli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Atene 2004 silver Volleyball
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Pasquale Gravina Volleyball
Date of birth: 01.05.1970
District of birth: Campobasso
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Marco Meoni Volleyball
Date of birth: 25.05.1973
District of birth: Padova
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Samuele Papi Volleyball
Date of birth: 20.05.1973
District of birth: Ancona
Nation of birth:
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Londra 2012 bronze Volleyball Men's Tournament
Atene 2004 silver Volleyball
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Andrea Sartoretti Volleyball
Date of birth: 19.06.1971
District of birth: Perugia
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Atene 2004 silver Volleyball
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Paolo Tofoli Volleyball
Date of birth: 14.08.1966
District of birth: Fermo (AP)
Nation of birth:
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Other Olympic Games victories
Atene 2004 silver Volleyball
Sydney 2000 bronze Volleyball
Andrea Zorzi Volleyball
Date of birth: 29.07.1965
District of birth: Noale (Venezia)
Nation of birth:
Sport Volleyball
Speciality:
Giovanna Trillini Fencing
Date of birth: 17.05.1970
District of birth: Jesi
Nation of birth:
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Fioretto individuale,Fioretto a squadre
Other Olympic Games victories
Pechino 2008 bronze Fencing Foil team
Atene 2004 silver Fencing Foil individual
Sydney 2000 gold Fencing Foil team
Sydney 2000 bronze Fencing Foil individual
Barcellona 1992 gold Fencing foil team women
Barcellona 1992 gold Fencing foil individual women
Francesca Bortolozzi Fencing
Date of birth: 04.05.1968
District of birth: Padova
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: foil
Other Olympic Games victories
Barcellona 1992 gold Fencing foil team women
Seul 1988 silver Fencing foil team women
Margherita Zalaffi Fencing
Date of birth: 07.04.1966
District of birth: Siena
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: fioretto - spada
Other Olympic Games victories
Barcellona 1992 gold Fencing foil team women
Seul 1988 silver Fencing foil team women
Alessandro Puccini Fencing
Date of birth: 28.08.1968
District of birth: Cascina (Pisa)
Nation of birth:
Sport Fencing
Speciality: foil
Sandro Cuomo Fencing
Date of birth: 21.10.1962
District of birth: Napoli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Ep
Other Olympic Games victories
Los Angeles 1984 bronze Fencing Epee team
Angelo Mazzoni Fencing
Date of birth: 03.04.1961
District of birth: Milano
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Ep
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 gold Fencing Epee team
Los Angeles 1984 bronze Fencing Epee team
Maurizio Randazzo Fencing
Date of birth: 01.03.1964
District of birth: Santa Caterina Villarmosa (Cl)
Nation of birth:
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Ep
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 gold Fencing Epee team
Valentina Vezzali Fencing
Date of birth: 14.02.1974
District of birth: Jesi
Nation of birth:
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Fioretto individuale e a squadre
Other Olympic Games victories
Londra 2012 bronze Fencing Foil individual
Londra 2012 gold Fencing Foil team
Pechino 2008 bronze Fencing Foil team
Pechino 2008 gold Fencing foil
Atene 2004 gold Fencing foil individual
Sydney 2000 gold Fencing Foil team
Sydney 2000 gold Fencing Foil individual
Laura Chiesa Fencing
Date of birth: 05.08.1971
District of birth: Torino
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Ep
Elisa Uga Fencing
Date of birth: 27.02.1968
District of birth: Vercelli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Ep
Raffaello Caserta Fencing
Date of birth: 15.08.1972
District of birth: Napoli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: sciabola
Luigi Tarantino Fencing
Date of birth: 10.11.1972
District of birth: Napoli
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: Sciabola individuale e a squadre
Other Olympic Games victories
Londra 2012 bronze Fencing Sabre team
Pechino 2008 bronze Fencing Sabre team
Atene 2004 silver Fencing Sabre team
Thoni Terenzi Fencing
Date of birth: 16.03.1969
District of birth: Genova
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Fencing
Speciality: sciabola
Matteo Bisiani Archery
Date of birth: 02.08.1976
District of birth: Monfalcone (Ts)
Nation of birth:
Sport Archery
Speciality: arco olimpico
Other Olympic Games victories
Sydney 2000 silver Archery Team
Michele Frangilli Archery
Date of birth: 01.05.1976
District of birth: Gallarate
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Archery
Speciality: Individuale,Squadre
Other Olympic Games victories
Londra 2012 gold Archery Team
Sydney 2000 silver Archery Team
Andrea Parenti Archery
Date of birth: 26.04.1965
District of birth: Casalecchio sul Reno (Bo)
Nation of birth:
Sport Archery
Speciality: arco olimpico
Roberto Di Donna Pisto and Rifle
Date of birth: 08.09.1968
District of birth: Roma
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Pisto and Rifle
Speciality: pistola
Ennio Falco Shotgun
Date of birth: 03.01.1968
District of birth: Capua
Nation of birth:
Sport Shotgun
Speciality: skeet
Andrea Benelli Shotgun
Date of birth: 28.06.1960
District of birth: Firenze
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Shotgun
Speciality: skeet
Other Olympic Games victories
Atene 2004 gold Shotgun skeet
Albano Pera Shotgun
Date of birth: 13.02.1950
District of birth: Capannori (Lu)
Nation of birth:
Sport Shotgun
Speciality: double trap - fossa olimpica
Alessandra Sensini Sailing
Date of birth: 24.01.1970
District of birth: Grosseto
Nation of birth: ITALIA
Sport Sailing
Speciality: RS:X
Other Olympic Games victories
Pechino 2008 silver Sailing RS:X
Atene 2004 bronze Sailing Mistral
Sydney 2000 gold Sailing mistral
Roberto Calcaterra Water Polo
Date of birth: 06.02.1972
District of birth: Civitavecchia
Nation of birth:
Sport Water Polo
Speciality:
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