Los Angeles, 1984

  • For the only time in Olympic history, the winner of the “B” final, Thomas Fahrner (FRG) recorded a faster time than the winner of the “A” final.
  • Fifty-six years after doctors declared that women who ran 800m would “become old too soon,” a women’s marathon was added to the Olympic programme.
  • Rhythmic gymnastics and synchronised swimming also made their first appearance, as did the women’s cycling road race.
  • SAM was chosen the official Mascot.
  • DATE:- 28 JUL - 12 AUG
  • COUNTRY:- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • ATHLETES:- 6829
  • COUNTRIES:- 140
  • EVENTS:- 221
  • After the financial problems of 1976, only Los Angeles bid for the right to host the 1984 Olympic Games.
  • After the financial problems of 1976, only Los Angeles bid for the right to host the 1984 Olympic Games.
  • The bid was criticised for depending heavily on existing facilities and corporate sponsors.
  • However, the Games produced a healthy profit of USD 223 million and became the model for future Games.
  • Although a revenge boycott led by the Soviet Union depleted the field in certain sports, 140 National Olympic Committees took part, which was a record.
  • Good feelings prevailed to such an extent that at the Opening Ceremony the athletes broke ranks to join in spontaneous dancing.
  • Archer Neroli Fairhall of New Zealand was the first paraplegic athlete to take part in a medal event, competing in a wheelchair.
  • The first Olympic women’s marathon was staged, and was won by Joan Benoit of the US.
  • Rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and the women’s cycling road race also made their debuts.
  • Carl Lewis entered the history books by matching the Berlin 1936 achievement of fellow American Jesse Owens.
  • Winning gold medals in the same four events: 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.
  • An oddity occurred in men’s 400m freestyle swimming.
  • Beginning in 1984 and until 1996, the eight fastest qualifiers took part in the “A” final and the ninth to sixteenth fastest swam in a consolation “B” final.

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