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Atlanta 1996 - Quick hits

Another medal for Ali

The IOC presented Muhammad Ali with an Olympic gold medal to replace the one which he allegedly lost after the Games in 1960. The story goes that Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, threw the medal into a river in a fit of rage after being refused entry to a "whites only" restaurant in Ohio.

Hong Kong Star

Lai Shan Lee bagged a last gasp medal for Hong Kong at their eleventh Olympics with a gold in wind surfing. It was the port city's first ever medal at their last ever Olympics as the city then became part of China.


Laos' Sirivanh Ketavong took an astonishingly long 3h 25 min and 14 sec to complete the marathon. She crossed the finish line an hour after Ethiopia's Fatuma Roba, eventual winner of the event. Yet Ketavong's name would not feature in the final results - the sheet having been finalised and sent 20 minutes before her arrival.

Tear jerker

American heptathlon queen Jackie Joyner Kersee had wanted to say good bye to her fans in style at Atlanta. But she proved to be the event's tear jerker after cameras caught her weeping in her husband's arms in a corridor. After ten years at the top she had aggravated an old injury that would rule her out of her swansong.


Britain's Linford Christie won the 100m gold at Barcelona but in 1996 he was disqualified from the event after two false starts.

Dream Team 2 ?

The US basketball outfit at 1992 was labelled the Dream Team for its bringing together of the great Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird amongst others. The 1996 version was tagged Dream Team 2 and featured Shaquille O'Neal, Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone.

Happy Hour

Canadian bar owner and Olympic boxer Mike Strange ordered free drinks to be served for an hour after each of his lightweight wins at Atlanta. Locals cheered Mike on as far as the quarter-finals.

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