Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Celebration in the Olympic Stadium for the Centenary Games.
Official opening of the Games by: President Bill Clinton
Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Muhammad Ali (boxing)
Olympic Oath by: Teresa Edwards (basketball)
Official Oath by: Hobie Billingsly (diving)
Marie-José Pérec (FRA-athletics) won the 200m and then broke the 400m Olympic record, thus achieving the best performance for ten years. She became the most successful French female athlete of all time and the first sportswoman to win the Olympic title over 400m twice consecutively.
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Next to the site of the main competition venues was an open area known as the Centennial Olympic Park. The park appeared to be part of the Games, but was not actually a part of the Olympic security system. In the early hours of 27 July, a bomb exploded in the park, killing one person and injuring 110.
Opening date: 19 July 1996
Closing date: 04 August 1996
Country of the host city: United States of America (USA)
Athens (GRE), Belgrade (YUG), Manchester (GBR), Melbourne (AUS) and Toronto (CAN)
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Discover the election results for this edition of the Olympic Games.