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** In a surprise move the IOC voted in favour of Atlanta, USA to host the
1996 Games. Athens, Greece was the favourite to hold the Centennial Games. (Athens will now host the 2004 Games)
** The Olympic Flame at Atlanta in 1996 was lit by former heavyweight
boxing world champion Mohammad Ali, who had won a gold as Cassius Clay in the 1960 Games.
** American Carl Lewis who won the long jump in 1996 became the only third
person in Olympic history to win the same individual event four times - in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. He also became the fourth athlete to earn nine career gold medals.
** Britain's Steve Redgrave won the coxless pairs in 1996 to become the
first rower to earn a gold medals in four different Games.
** Turkey's Naim Suleymanoglu in 1996 became the first weightlifter to win
three successive golds.
** Russia's Aleksandr Karelin who won the gold in the Greco-Roman
super-heavyweight category in 1996 became the first wrestler to win the
same division on three occasions.
** Germany's Birgit Schmidt won her fifth gold medal in kayak canoeing in
1996, sixteen years after her first victory to become the first woman to
earn golds so far apart.
** Austria's yachtsman Hubert Raudaschl broke the Olympic record of having
competed in nine Games from 1964 to 1996.
** In the freestyle wrestling middleweight division in the 1996 Games the
Jabrailov brothers Elmadi and Tucuman representing two different countries -
Kazakhstan and Moldova respectively - faced each other in the second round.
The former won the high-scoring but unusually friendly encounter 10-8.
** Former men's hockey champions India finished eight at Atlanta in 1996.
Its worst ever performance in history.
** Nigeria who won the football gold in 1996 became the first African
nation to do so.