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Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics




The City of Atlanta: Atlanta is the capital city of the state of Georgia in the United States. Atlanta is the most populous city in its state. Atlanta is located on a ridge in the south of the river Chattahoochee . Atlanta is also the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States . Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, Atlanta History Center, Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Fernbank Science Center, Governor's Mansion, High Museum of Art, The Children's Museum of Atlanta, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Martin Luther King Jr Historic District, World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta are some places of interest in Atlanta in United States .

The Twenty-sixth Modern Olympics: The 1996 Summer Olympics were officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad . The Summer Games were held in Atlanta , the capital city of the state of Georgia in United States in the year 1996 .

Venue: The 1996 Olympics were held in the Centenial Olympic Stadium in Atlanta , the capital city of the state of Georgia in United States in the year 1996. The stadium was constructed for the twenty-sixth Summer Games.

Participants: In the twenty-sixth Summer Games , in the year 1996, 10,320 competitors from 197 countries took part. The participating countries were Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Antigua, Angola, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Burundi, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bahrain , Botswana, Belarus, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam , Bulgaria, Burkona Faso, Cameroon, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Central Africa, Chad, Chile, China Republic, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Comoros, Cape Verde, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote-d´lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic , Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Arab Rep. of Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, The Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Guinea-Bissau, Georgia , Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordon, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Korea people Republic, Korea Democratic People Republic, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Saint Lucia , Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Rep. of Macedonia , Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Rep. of Moldova, Maldives, Malta, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rhodesia, Romania, Rwanda, St. Vincent & Gr., Saint Kitts and Nevis , American Samoa, Western Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe , Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa , Sri Lanka, Slovakia , Swaziland, Singapore, Spain, Sudan, Surinam, Syria, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tonga, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan , Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine , Unified Team, United Arab Emirates, U.S.S.R., U.S.A., US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Events: There were 271 events in 26 sports in the twenty-sixth Summer Games in 1996 . Medals were awarded for archery , athletics, baseball, basketball, badminton, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: United States won 101 medals in total ( 44 gold, 33 silver and 25 bronze medals) in the twenty-sixth Summer Games . Russia won 63 medals in total with 26 gold medals.

A Brief Description of the Twenty-sixth Olympiad: The Twenty-sixth Summer Games were held from 19 th July to 4 th August in the year 1996 in Atlanta , the capital city of state of Georgia in United States. This Olympics is informally known as the Centennial Olympics . The Games were officially opened by President Bill Clinton . The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Teresa Edwards. Judges took Olympic oath led by Hobie Billingsley . In the stadium, the Olympic Flame was lit by Muhammad Ali.

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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

 

Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.


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