1992 Summer Olympics

1992 Summer Olympics

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1992 Summer Olympics
Olympiad XXV
Host City Barcelona, Spain
# Nations 171
Events 257
Sports 25
Males 7,555
Females 3,008
Total Athletes 10,563

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

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Highlights

  • Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo appeared to light the Olympic Flame by firing a burning arrow towards the cauldron. The arrow passed over the cauldron, which was emanating gas at that moment. The gas ignited and the flame appeared in the cauldron.[1]
  • In basketball, the admittance of professional players led to the American Dream Team, with players like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Larry Bird.
  • South Africa was allowed again to participate in the Olympics after a 28 years suspension in the Olympic Games for its apartheid policy. White South African runner Elana Meyer and black Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu fought out a great battle in the 10,000 m (won by Tulu) and then ran their lap of honour hand in hand.
  • Evelyn Ashford won her fourth Olympic gold medal in the 4x100 metre relay, making her one of only four female athletes to have achieved this in history.
  • Linford Christie finally won gold in the 100m, at 32 years old the oldest champion of the Olympic 100m.
  • Mike Stulce of the USA won the men's shot put, beating heavy favored Werner Günthör of Switzerland.
  • Derek Redmond of Britain tore a hamstring during a 400m semi-final heat. As he struggled to finish the race, his father entered the track without credentials and helped Derek complete the race to a standing ovation from the crowd.
  • Sergey Bubka had won gold in the men's pole vault in Seoul 1988, setting an Olympic record. He was favored to easily take the gold again, but he left Barcelona empty-handed, failing to make any height in the pole vault. He failed in all his attempts. A little over a month later,in Tokyo, Bubka vaulted 20 feet 1 and 1/2 inches - his 3rd outdoor record of 1992 and 32nd world record overall.

Track and field

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, 43 events in athletics were contested, 24 events by men and 19 by women. The competition ran from July 31, 1992 to August 9, 1992. Fourteen world record-holders (eight men and six women) were among the contenders. There were also thirty former Olympic champions competing, and a total of 1,725 athletes from 156 countries.

Tthree world records were set. On August 6, in the 400 m hurdles, Kevin Young (46.78 s) shattered a legendary barrier, the 47 seconds, which had stood up even to the finest specialist of all time, Edwin Moses, since 1983, with 47.02 s. On August 8, within the space of about two hours, the other records were broken, both in the relays. In the 4x100 m, the US team of Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Dennis Mitchell and Carl Lewis, with a time of 37.40 s, knocked ten hundredths off the previous best, run in the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo by the same team, except for the first (Cason instead of Marsh). In the 4x400 m, Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Michael Johnson and Steve Lewis ran 2 min 55.74 s.

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 meters
Details
Great Britain Linford Christie (GBR) 9.96 Namibia Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 10.02 United States Dennis Mitchell (USA) 10.04
200 meters
Details
United States Michael Marsh (USA) 20.01 Namibia Frankie Fredericks (NAM) 20.13 United States Michael Bates (USA) 20.38
400 meters
Details
United States Quincy Watts (USA) 43.50 United States Steve Lewis (USA) 44.21 Kenya Samson Kitur (KEN) 44.24
800 meters
Details
Kenya William Tanui (KEN) 1:43.66 Kenya Nixon Kiprotich (KEN) 1:43.70 United States Johnny Gray (USA) 1:43.97
1.500 meters
Details
Spain Fermin Cacho Ruiz (ESP) 3:40.12 Morocco Rachid El Basir (MAR) 3:40.62 Qatar Mohammed Suleiman (QAT) 3:40.69
5.000 meters
Details
Germany Dieter Baumann (GER) 13:12.52 Kenya Paul Bitok (KEN) 13:12.71 Ethiopia Fita Bayisa (ETH) 13:13.03
10.000 meters
Details
Morocco Khalid Skah (MAR) 27:46.70 Kenya Richard Chelimo (KEN) 27:47.72 Ethiopia Addis Abebe (ETH) 28:00.07
110 m Hurdles
Details
Canada Mark McKoy (CAN) 13.12 United States Tony Dees (USA) 13.24 United States Jack Pierce (USA) 13.26
400 m Hurdles
Details
United States Kevin Young (USA) 46.78
(WR)
Jamaica Winthrop Graham (JAM) 47.66 Great Britain Kriss Akabusi (GBR) 47.82
3.000 m Steeple
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Kenya Matthew Birir (KEN) 8:08.84 Kenya Patrick Sang (KEN) 8:09.55 Kenya William Mutwol (KEN) 8:10.74
4x100 m Relay
Details
United States United States
Leroy Burrell
James Jett
Carl Lewis
Michael Marsh
Dennis Mitchell
37.40
(WR)
Nigeria Nigeria
Olapade Adeniken
Osmond Ezinwa
Davidson Ezinwa
Chidi Imoh
Oluyemi Kayode
37.98 Cuba Cuba
Jorge Aguilera
Joel Isasi
Joel Lamela
Andrés Simón
38.00
4x400 m Relay
Details
United States United States
Darnell Hall
Charles Jenkins
Michael Johnson
Steve Lewis
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
2:55.74

(WR)

Cuba Cuba
Roberto Hernández
Héctor Herrera
Lázaro Martínez
Norberto Téllez
2:59.51 Great Britain Great Britain
Kriss Akabusi
Roger Black
David Grindley
Du'aine Ladejo
John Regis
Mark Richardson
2:59.73
Marathon
Details
South Korea Hwang Young-Cho (KOR) 2:13:23 Japan Koichi Morishita (JPN) 2:13:45 Germany Stephan Freigang (GER) 2:14:00
20 km Walk
Details
Spain Daniel Plaza (ESP) 1:21.25 Canada Guillaume LeBlanc (CAN) 1:22.25 Italy Giovanni De Benedictis (ITA) 1:23.11
50 km Walk
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Unified Team Andrey Perlov (EUN) 3:50.13 Mexico Carlos Mercenario (MEX) 3:52.09 Germany Ronald Weigel (GER) 3:53.45
High Jump
Details
Cuba Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.34 m Sweden Patrik Sjöberg (SWE) 2.34 m United States Hollis Conway (USA) 2.34 m
Australia Tim Forsyth (AUS)
Poland Artur Partyka (POL)
Long Jump
Details
United States Carl Lewis (USA) 8.67 m United States Mike Powell (USA) 8.64 m United States Joe Greene (USA) 8.34 m
Triple Jump
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United States Mike Conley (USA) 18.17  mw United States Charles Simpkins (USA) 17.60 m Bahamas Frank Rutherford (BAH) 17.36 m
Pole Vault
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Unified Team Maksim Tarasov (EUN) 5.80 m Unified Team Igor Trandenkov (EUN) 5.80 m Spain Javier García (ESP) 5.75 m
Shot Put
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United States Mike Stulce (USA) 21.70 m United States Jim Doehring (USA) 20.96 m Unified Team Vyacheslav Lykho (EUN) 20.94 m
Discus Throw
Details
Lithuania Romas Ubartas (LTU) 65.12 m Germany Jürgen Schult (GER) 64.94 m Cuba Roberto Moya (CUB) 64.12 m
Javelin Throw
Details
Czechoslovakia Jan Železný (TCH) 89.66 m Finland Seppo Räty (FIN) 86.60 m Great Britain Steve Backley (GBR) 83.38 m
Hammer Throw
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Unified Team Andrey Abduvaliyev (EUN) 82.54 m Unified Team Igor Astapkovich (EUN) 81.96 m Unified Team Igor Nikulin (EUN) 81.38 m
Decathlon
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Czechoslovakia Robert Změlík (TCH) 8611 Spain Antonio Peñalver (ESP) 8412 United States Dave Johnson (USA) 8309


Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 meters
Details
United States Gail Devers (USA) 10.82 Jamaica Juliet Cuthbert (JAM) 10.83 Unified Team Irina Privalova (EUN) 10.84
200 meters
Details
United States Gwen Torrence (USA) 21.81 Jamaica Juliet Cuthbert (JAM) 22.02 Jamaica Merlene Ottey (JAM) 22.09
400 meters
Details
France Marie-José Perec (FRA) 48.83 Unified Team Olga Bryzgina (EUN) 49.05 Colombia Ximena Restrepo (COL) 49.64
800 meters
Details
Netherlands Ellen van Langen (NED) 1:55:54 Unified Team Liliya Nurutdinova (EUN) 1:55:99 Cuba Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:56.80
1.500 meters
Details
Algeria Hassiba Boulmerka (ALG) 3:55.30 Unified Team Lyudmila Rogachova (EUN) 3:56.91 China Qu Yunxia (CHN) 3:57.08
3.000 meters
Details
Unified Team Yelena Romanova (EUN) 8:46.04 Unified Team Tetyana Dorovskikh (EUN) 8:46.85 Canada Angela Chalmers (CAN) 8:47.22
10.000 meters
Details
Ethiopia Derartu Tulu (ETH) 31:06.02 South Africa Elana Meyer (RSA) 31:11.75 United States Lynn Jennings (USA) 31:19.89
100 m Hurdles
Details
Greece Voula Patoulidou (GRE) 12.64 United States LaVonna Martin (USA) 12.69 Bulgaria Yordanka Donkova (BUL) 12.70
400 m Hurdles
Details
Great Britain Sally Gunnell (GBR) 53.23 United States Sandra Farmer-Patrick (USA) 53.69 United States Janeene Vickers (USA) 54.31
4x100 m Relay
Details
United States United States
Evelyn Ashford
Michelle Finn
Carlette Guidry
Esther Jones
Gwen Torrence
42.11 Unified Team Unified Team
Olga Bogoslovskaya
Galina Malchugina
Irina Privalova
Marina Trandenkova
42.16 Nigeria Nigeria
Faith Idehen
Mary Onyali
Christy Opara-Thompson
Beatrice Utondu
42.81
4x400 m Relay
Details
Unified Team Unified Team
Olga Bryzgina
Lyudmila Dzhigalova
Olga Nazarova
Liliya Nurutdinova
Yelena Ruzina
Marina Shmonina
3:20.20 United States United States
Denean Hill
Natasha Kaiser
Jearl Miles
Rochelle Stevens
Gwen Torrence
Dannette Young
3:20.92 Great Britain Great Britain
Sandra Douglas
Sally Gunnell
Phylis Smith
Jennifer Stoute
3:24.23
Marathon
Details
Unified Team Valentina Yegorova (EUN) 2:32:41 Japan Yuko Arimori (JPN) 2:32:49 New Zealand Lorraine Moller (NZL) 2:33:59
10 km Walk
Details
China Chen Yueling (CHN) 44:32 Unified Team Yelena Nikolayeva (EUN) 44:33 China Li Chunxiu (CHN) 44:41
High Jump
Details
Germany Heike Henkel (GER) 2.02 m Romania Alina Astafei (ROU) 2.00 m Cuba Joanet Quintero (CUB) 1.97 m
Long Jump
Details
Germany Heike Drechsler (GER) 7.14 m Unified Team Inessa Kravets (EUN) 7.12 m United States Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.07 m
Shot put
Details
Unified Team Svetlana Krivelyova (EUN) 21.06 m China Huang Zhihong (CHN) 20.47 m Germany Kathrin Neimke (GER) 19.78 m
Discus Throw
Details
Cuba Maritza Martén (CUB) 70.06 m Bulgaria Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL) 67.78 m Australia Daniela Costian (AUS) 66.24 m
Javelin Throw
Details
Germany Silke Renk (GER) 68.34 m Unified Team Natalya Shikolenko (EUN) 68.26 m Germany Karen Forkel (GER) 66.86 m
Heptathlon
Details
United States Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7044 Unified Team Irina Belova (EUN) 6845 Germany Sabine Braun (GER) 6649

References

  1. Mathews, John. "Ceremonial hall of shame", BBC Sport, 2000-07-15. Retrieved on 2007-08-12. "In reality, he had not actually landed the arrow in the middle of the cauldron - he had fired it way outside the stadium as instructed."