Australia at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Australia at the
1996 Summer Olympics
IOC code AUS
NOC Australian Olympic Committee
in Atlanta
Competitors 417 (250 men, 167 women) in 26 sports
Flag bearer Andrew Hoy (opening)
Mike McKay (closing)
Ranked 7th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
9 9 23 41
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games
Australasia (1908–1912)

Australia competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. Australia sent 417 athletes, 250 men and 167 women, to the Atlanta Games.[1]

The Australian Government had to pay royalties for playing Waltzing Matilda;[2][3] Carl Fischer Music had copyrighted the song in 1941 as an original composition, although it is not now copyrighted in Australia.

A segment of Australian culture featured in the closing ceremony, as Australia was to host the next edition of the Summer Olympics in Sydney four years later.






In the seventh Olympic archery competition that Australia contested, the nation sent three men and three women. Matthew Gray had the nation's only individual win, though the men's team won twice in the team round before being defeated in the semifinal and the bronze medal match.

Women's Individual Competition:

Men's Individual Competition:

Men's Team Competition:


Men's 100 metres

Men's 200 metres

Men's 400 metres

Men's 800 metres

Men's 1,500 metres

Men's 5,000 metres

Men's 10,000 metres

Men's 4 × 100 m Relay

Men's 4 × 400 m Relay

Men's 110m Hurdles

Men's 400m Hurdles

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Men's Decathlon

Men's Marathon

Men's 20 km Walk

Men's 50 km Walk

Men's Hammer Throw

Men's High Jump

Men's Triple Jump

Men's Pole Vault

Men's Javelin Throw

Women's 10,000 metres

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Women's Long Jump

Women's Discus Throw

Women's Javelin Throw

Women's Heptathlon

Women's Marathon

Women's 10 km Walk



Men's Team Competition

Australia made its first appearance in the official Olympic baseball tournament in 1996. The team won two of its preliminary round games, against Korea and Japan, but lost the other five. The Australians' record put them in a three-way tie for fifth, with all three teams eliminated from contention and the tie-breaker rules used only to formally place the three teams. Australia came out on the bottom of that tie-breaker, and ended up in seventh place.


Women's Team Competition

Beach volleyball


Men's Flyweight (51 kg)

Men's Bantamweight (54 kg)

Men's Featherweight (57 kg)

Men's Light Welterweight (63,5 kg)

Men's Light Welterweight (67 kg)

Men's Light Middleweight (71 kg)

Men's Middleweight (75 kg)

Men's Light Heavyweight (81 kg)



Road Competition

Men's Individual Time Trial

Women's Individual Road Race

Women's Individual Time Trial

Track Competition

Men's 1.000m Time Trial

Men's Points Race

Mountain Bike

Men's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country


Men's 3m Springnboard

Women's 3m Springboard

Women's 10m Platform



One woman represented Australia in 1996.

Women's épée




Men's Team Competition

Women's Team Competition


Modern pentathlon

Men's Individual Competition:





Women's Team Competition


Men's Competition

50m Freestyle

100m Freestyle

200m Freestyle

200m Freestyle

1500m Freestyle

100m Backstroke

200m Backstroke

100m Breaststroke

200m Breaststroke

100m Butterfly

200m Butterfly

200m Individual Medley

400m Individual Medley

4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

4 × 100 m Medley Relay

Women's Competition

50m Freestyle

100m Freestyle

200m Freestyle

400m Freestyle

800m Freestyle

100m Backstroke

200m Backstroke

100m Breaststroke

200m Breaststroke

100m Butterfly

200m Butterfly

200m Individual Medley

400m Individual Medley

4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

4 × 100 m Medley Relay

Table tennis


Women's Singles Competition


Men's Light-Heavyweight ( 83 kg)


See also


  1. "Australia at the 1996 Summer Games". Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  2. Clarke, Roger (2001). "Copyright in 'Waltzing Matilda'". Roger Clarke's Waltzing Matilda site. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2008. The copyright has presumably expired in Australia (and in almost every other country in the world), because in most Western countries copyright lasts for only 50 years after the death of the originator. Carl Fischer Musics' copyright hold is due to end in 2011. Banjo Paterson died in 1941 and Marie Cowan in 1919, so these copyrights ought to have expired in 1991 and 1969 respectively. In the United States other rules hold and copyright for the song still appears to exist. It is claimed by Carl Fischer New York Inc.
  3. Pollack, Michael (25 January 2001). "Screen Grab; Tale of the Jumbuck and the Billabong, Interpreted". The New York Times.

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