- 1996 in sports
*Best Year Performance:* flagathlete|
Dan O'Brien|USA – 8824 points
June 16— flagicon|NED Enschede Marathon, Netherlands
John Mandu(KEN) 2:15:14
Mieke Pullen(NED) 2:41:13
July 28— flagicon|USA Olympic Marathon, Atlanta, Georgia( USA)
Fatuma Roba(ETH) 2:26:05
August 4— flagicon|USA Olympic Marathon, Atlanta, Georgia( USA)
Josia Thugwane(RSA) 2:12:36
December 1— flagicon|JPN Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
Lee Bong-Ju(KOR) 2:10:48 Auto racing
Stock car racing:
Dale Jarrettwon the Daytona 500
NASCAR Championship- Terry Labonte
Rusty Wallacewins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100at Suzuka City November 24, the first NASCAR event held in Japan.
Indy Racing League- Scott Sharpand Buzz Calkinstie for the inaugural IRL championship
Indianapolis 500- Buddy Lazier
Jimmy Vasserwon the season championship
*Formula One Championship -
Damon Hillof Great Britain
24 hours of Le Mans: won by the team of Manuel Reuter/ Davy Jones / Alexander Wurzdriving a TWR-Porsche
Rallying- Tommi Mäkinenwon the World Rally Championship
**the team of
Patrick Bernardini/ Bernard Occelliwon the Monte Carlo Rallydriving a Ford Escort RS Cosworth
Drag racing- Kenny Bernsteinwon the NHRA" Top Fuel" championship. Baseball
January 8- For the first time in 25 years, no one garners 75 percent of the votes needed to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Phil Niekrocomes closest with 68 percent.
World Series, October 26: New York Yankeeswon 4 games to 2 over the Atlanta Braves. The Series MVP was relief pitcher, John Wetteland, New York Basketball
* NBA Finals:
Chicago Bullswin 4 games to 2 over the Seattle SuperSonics, after a record-breaking 72-10 regular season.
National Basketball League (Australia)Finals:
South East Melbourne Magicdefeated the Melbourne Tigers2-1 in the best-of-three final series. Boxing
March 16- Christy Martindefeats Deirdre Gogartyby a decision in six rounds to retain her Women's boxingworld title in front of a national tv audience. This fight is credited with making the general public aware of women's boxing.
March 30to 7 – 31st European Amateur Boxing Championships held in Vejle, Denmark.
**"Light Flyweight (– 48 kg):"
**"Flyweight (– 51 kg):"
**"Bantamweight (– 54 kg):"
**"Featherweight (– 57 kg):"
**"Lightweight (– 60 kg):"
**"Light Welterweight (– 63.5 kg):"
**"Welterweight (– 67 kg):"
**"Light Middleweight (– 71 kg):"
**"Middleweight (– 75 kg):"
**"Light Heavyweight (– 81 kg):"
**"Heavyweight (– 91 kg):"
**"Super Heavyweight (+ 91 kg):"
June 7- Oscar de la Hoyadefeats Julio César Chávezby a knockout in four rounds to win the WBC's world Jr. Welterweight championship. Cricket
Cricket World Cup- Final: Sri Lankabeat Australiaby 7 wickets Cycling
Giro d'Italiawon by Pavel Tonkovof Russia
Tour de France- Bjarne Riisof Denmark
World Cycling Championship: Johan Museeuwof Belgium Dogsled racing Field hockey
* Men's Olympic Qualifier Tournament in
** Gold: The Netherlands
** Silver: India
** Bronze: Great Britain
* Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in
Atlanta, United States
** Gold: The Netherlands
** Silver: Spain
** Bronze: Australia
* Men's Champions Trophy in
** Gold: The Netherlands
** Silver: Pakistan
** Bronze: Germany
* Olympic Games (Women's Competition) in
Atlanta, United States
** Gold: Australia
** Silver: South Korea
** Bronze: The Netherlands
World Figure Skating Championships:
Todd Eldredge, United States
Michelle Kwan, United States
Marina Eltsova/ Sergei Bushkov, Russia
**Ice dancing champions:
Oksana Grishuk/ Evgeny Platov, Russia Football( Soccer)
::"For an extensive coverage see
1996 in football (soccer)"
Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboyswon 27-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers
NCAA Division I-A national football championship: the Nebraska Cornhuskersmanhandle the University of FloridaGators, winning 62-24, along with their second back-to-back National Championship seasons on January 2, 1996.
*World Bowl 96: The
Scottish Claymoreswon 32-27 over the Frankfurt Galaxy.
Cleveland Brownsare deactivated and move to Baltimore. They become the Baltimore Ravensand reactivate in 1999.
Australian Football League
** North Melbourne wins the 100th AFL premiership (North Melbourne 19.17 (131) d
Sydney Swans13.10 (88))
Brownlow Medalawarded to James Hird(Essendon) and Michael Voss( Brisbane Bears)
** At the end of the season Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears merge, forming the
Grey Cup: Toronto Argonautswin 43-37 over the Edmonton Eskimos
Vanier Cup: Saskatchewan Huskieswin 31-12 over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men Gaelic Athletic Association Golf
*April 14 -
Masters Tournament- Nick Faldo
*June 16 - U.S. Open - Steve Jones
*July 21 - British Open -
*August 11 -
PGA Championship- Mark Brooks
PGA Tourmoney leader - Tom Lehman- $1,780,159
*Senior PGA Tour money leader -
Jim Colbert- $1,627,890
Tiger Woodsturns professional in September. In the last five regular tournaments of the year on the PGA Tour, his finishes were T5-T3-1-3-1, placing him among the tour's top 30 money-winners for the year and thereby qualifying him for the season-ending The Tour Championship. Woods named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.Men's amateur
*British Amateur -
*U.S. Amateur -
Tiger Woodsbecomes the first golfer to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles. This was the sixth consecutive year in which he won a USGA championship, one short of Bobby Jones' record of seven.
European Amateur- Daniel OlssonWomen's professional
*Nabisco Dinah Shore -
LPGA Championship- Laura Davies
*U.S. Women's Open -
*Classique du Maurier -
*LPGA Tour money leader -
Karrie Webb- $1,002,000 - becomes the first ever woman to earn more than a million dollars in one golf season.
United Statesteam retained the Solheim Cup beating the European team 17 to 11.
Australia- Melbourne Cup- Saintly
Canada- Queen's Plate- Victor Cooley
France- Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe- Helissio
Ireland- Irish Derby Stakes- Zagreb
*English Triple Crown races:
2,000 Guineas Stakes- Mark of Esteem
Epsom Derby- Shaamit
St. Leger Stakes- Shantou
Breeders' Cup Classic- Alphabet Soup
Breeders' Cup Distaff- Jewel Princess
Breeders' Cup Juvenile- Boston Harbor
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies- Storm Song
Breeders' Cup Mile- Da Hoss
Breeders' Cup Sprint- Lit de Justice
Breeders' Cup Turf- Pilsudski
*European Championship in
Spain:* Gold Medal: hb|RUS:* Silver Medal: hb|ESP:* Bronze Medal: hb|YUG
*European Championship in
Denmark:* Gold Medal: hbw|DEN:* Silver Medal: hbw|NOR:* Bronze Medal: hbw|AUT Harness racing June 22- the fastest race mile in harness racing history was set by Jenna's Beach Boy(1:47.3) at Meadowlands Racetrack.
North America Cup- Arizona Jack
*United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
Yonkers Trot- Continentalvictory
Kentucky Futurity- Running Sea
Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
Young Mister Charles
Pride Of Petite Ice hockey
Art Ross Memorial Trophyas the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Hart Memorial Trophy: for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Stanley Cup- the Colorado Avalanchedefeat the Florida Panthers4 games to 0.
World Hockey Championship
** Men's champion:
Czech Republicdefeated Canada
** Junior Men's champion:
Canadadefeated Sweden Lacrosse
Buffalo Banditsdefeat the Philadelphia Wings13–12 to win the Major Indoor Lacrosse Leaguechampionship Mixed Martial Arts
October 11- Vitor Belfortmakes his professional debut at a Superbrawl event in Honolulu, Hawaii. He defeats Jon Hessby KO in twelve seconds. Radiosport
World Radiosport Team Championshipheld in San Francisco, California, USA. Gold medals go to Jeff Steinman KRØY and Dan Street K1TO of the United States. Skiing
**The men's overall season champion:
Lasse Kjus, Norway
**The women's overall season champion:
Katja Seizinger, Germany Snooker
World Snooker Championship: Stephen Hendrybeats Peter Ebdon18-12
Stephen Hendryremains world number one for 1996/97 Swimming
*XXVI Olympic Games, held in
Atlanta, Georgia USA( July 20– July 26)
*First European SC Championships, held in
Riesa, Germany( December 13– 15)
**Germany wins the most medals (39), and the most gold medals (14)
December 1– U.S.-swimmer Misty Hymanbreaks the world record in the women's 100m butterfly (short course): 58:29. Tennis
Grand Slam in tennismen's results:
Australian Open- Boris Becker
French Open- Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Wimbledon championships- Richard Krajicek
*#US Open -
Grand Slam in tenniswomen's results:
Australian Open- Monica Seles
French Open- Steffi Graf
Wimbledon championships- Steffi Graf
*#US Open -
*1996 Summer Olympics
**Men's Singles Competition
**Women's Singles Competition
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
**Men's Doubles Competition
Todd Woodbridge& Mark Woodforde
Neil Broad& Tim Henman
Marc-Kevin Goellner& David Prinosil
**Women's Doubles Competition
Gigi Fernández& Mary Joe Fernández
Jana Novotná& Helena Suková
Conchita Martínez& Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Francewon 3-2 over Swedenin world tennis. Rugby union
SANZAR's new leagues the Super 12(now Super 14) and the Tri Nations Seriesbegin. The Super 12 is won by the Auckland Bluesand the Tri Nations is won by the New Zealand All Blacks Volleyball
* Men's World League – Final Round in
** Gold Medal: vb|NED
** Silver Medal: vb|ITA
** Bronze Medal: vb|RUS
* Women's World Grand Prix – Final Round in
** Gold Medal: vbw|BRA
** Silver Medal: vbw|CUB
** Bronze Medal: vbw|RUS
*Women's Olympic Qualifier in
*Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States
**Men's Team Competition
***Gold Medal — vb|NED
***Silver Medal — vb|ITA
***Bronze Medal — vb|YUG
**Women's Team Competition
***Gold Medal — vbw|CUB
***Silver Medal — vbw|CHN
***Bronze Medal — vbw|BRA
* Olympic Year Tournament in
** Gold Medal: wpw|NED
** Silver Medal: wpw|AUS
** Bronze Medal: wpw|ITA
1996 Summer Olympicstakes place in Atlanta, United States
United Stateswins the most medals (101), and the most gold medals (44).
* Winter Asian Games held in
* Athletic competition in the
Big 12 Conferenceis inaugurated with a football game between Kansas State University and Texas Tech University, in Manhattan, Kansason August 31.
*Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: Michael Johnson,
Track and field
*Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year:
Amy Van Dyken, Swimming
March 8— Hans Knecht(82), Swiss road racing cyclist (b. 1913)
May 8— Beryl Burton(58), English racing cyclist (b. 1937)
May 11— Ademir Marques de Menezes(73), Brazilian football (soccer) player (b. 1922)
*May 11 —
Rodney Culver(26), American football player (San Diego Chargers)
August 2— Obdulio Varela, Uruguayan football (soccer) player
October 12— René Lacoste, French champion tennis player
December 21— Alfred Tonello(67), French cyclist (b. 1929)
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