Jefferson Leonardo Pérez Quezada is a retired Ecuadorian race walker. He specialized in the 20 km event, in which he has won the only two medals his country has achieved in the Olympic Games, he won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, becoming the youngest-ever gold medal winner in the 20 km walk event. Following his win he embarked on a 459 km pilgrimage, walking and running from Quito's Franciscan cathedral to his hometown of Cuenca. In the 2008 Olympics he won the silver medal in the same competition at 34 years of age, before announcing his retirement from the sport. In the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France, Pérez set the world best performance with 1:17:21 in the 20 km. Pérez had fourth-place finishes in the 20 km walk at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Jefferson was born in El Vecino, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cuenca, to Manuel Jesús Pérez and María Lucrecia Quezada. Like others in his neighborhood, his family was of limited economic means.
He attended the elementary schools Gabriela Cevallos. Afterwards he entered the Francisco Febres Cordero high school, at the same time working to help out his family, he entered race-walking by accident. To prepare for a walk that served as a high school physical education exam, he asked his brother Fabián to train for one week next to the group of athletes directed by trainer Luis Muñoz. Muñoz decided to invite him to compete in a race. With few weeks of preparation he won the race AID, winning the right of representing Ecuador in New York City and London as a sport ambassador, he participated in distance competitions of five kilometers. He had to make a radical decision, to dedicate himself to race walking, his first regional trophy in the 5K walk during the South American Pre-Junior championship held in his native city of Cuenca. His first international achievement occurred when he won the bronze medal in the Junior World Cup of Athletics in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1990. Two years he won the Junior World title in Seoul, followed shortly by victories in South American and Pan-American open competitions.
His crowning achievement in race-walking came with a gold medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. He won his second medal, at the Beijing Olympic Games, he won the silver at the World Championships of Seville in 1999, unprecedented golds at Paris in 2003, Helsinki in 2005, Osaka in 2007 for his third straight world title, the only person, able to achieve that. In France he broke the world record and he received a financial bonus. Perez walked his final race at the World Race Walking Challenge final in Spain, he finished third in that race and second in the overall challenge standings. He appeared on Japanese TV show Hey! Spring of Trivia multiple times - in one episode, he tested how long it took to walk to a train station from an apartment advertised as "5 minutes away". Official website Jefferson Pérez at IAAF Jefferson Pérez at the International Olympic Committee Jefferson Pérez at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com Photos about his technique Biscayart, Eduardo. "Jefferson Pérez, a true Champion, retires".
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Andrei Stanislavovich Olhovskiy is a former tennis player from Russia, who turned professional in 1989. Olhovskiy represented the Soviet Union at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and Russia at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he reached the quarter-finals as a wild card before falling to Brazil's Fernando Meligeni; the right-hander won 2 career titles in singles and 20 titles in doubles, French Open and Australian Open champion in mixed doubles. Olhovskiy reached his highest ATP singles ranking on 14 June 1993. 49, his highest doubles ranking of No. 6. He played for the Russian Davis Cup team from 1983 to 2001, he memorably defeated No. 1 seed Jim Courier in the third round of Wimbledon in 1992 to reach his second fourth round appearance at a slam. Courier had won titles at both the 1992 Australian Open on hard court and 1992 French Open on clay, thus on his way to completing the Grand Slam and conditions were favorable, the 1992 edition being poor in rain, allowing fellow baseline counter Andre Agassi to claim the title.
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Sailing at the 1996 Summer Olympics
Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1st Olympiad. With the exception of 1904 and the canceled 1916 Summer Olympics, sailing has always been included on the Olympic schedule; the Sailing program of 1996 consisted of a total of ten sailing classes. For each class, with the exception of the Soling, eleven races were scheduled from July 22 to August 2, 1996 off the coast of Savannah at the Wassaw Sound. For the Soling ten fleetraces were scheduled followed by a series of matchraces for the top 6 boats of the fleetrace result. According to the IOC statutes the contests in all sport disciplines must be held either in, or as close as possible to the city which the IOC has chosen. An exception was made for the Olympic yachting events, which customarily must be staged on the open sea. On account of this principle, the city of Savannah was chosen for the organization of the sailing events. Spectators were given the opportunity to board boats that will sail out to the courses to provide a close look at the competition.
About 1000 spectators per day made use of the opportunity. The sailing events were held off the coast of Savannah at the Atlantic Ocean; the venue used three locations: Satellite Olympic Village in Savannah Olympic marina on Wilmington Island. The Stars and Solings, were towed between their race areas. Day marina, a temporary barge system near the north side of Wassaw Sound at the mouth of the Wilmington River; the day marina was used as a forward launch area for the dinghies and windsurf boards. Separate course areas were used for the following pairs of classes: Mistral one-design Europe and Laser Finn and Star 470 Tornado and Soling Soling Africa Asia Oceania Europe Americas After the qualification was finished the following sailors were granted a wildcard: Algeria - Mistral One Design Men, Guatemala - Mistral One Design Men, Cristian Ruata Indonesia - Mistral One Design Men, I Gusti Made Oka Sulaksana Thailand - Mistral One Design Men, Arun Homraruen Guam - Laser, Brett Chivers, San Marino - Laser, Luca Belluzzi Sudan - Laser, Cuba - 470 Men, Pedro Fernández & Angel Alfredo Jimenez Sudan - 470 Men, The Olympic sailing facility at Savannah was before the opening of the Olympic Games within the Hurricane Bertha warning area.
Tornados and Solings were moved to the Sheraton facility. The Day Marina and the Sheraton were evacuated. On July 27, a bomb exploded in Centennial Park in Atlanta, one person died, 111 were injured, though the Games continued; the winds on a typical day in Savannah begin is as follows: In the morning a light breeze from the west to the Northwest at about 5 knots The winds diminish in the late mornings By midday, the sea breeze circulation begins. When the sea breeze does rise, the winds backs to the south and Southeast Wind speed in the afternoon average between 7 and 12 knotsOlympic weather reports were provided by the National Weather Service from the locations Atlanta and Savannah. Doppler weather radar was used from South Carolina. From Jacksonville, Florida the weather above the offshore courses was observed. During the Sailing regattas at the 1996 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games; the Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games, Volume I Planning and Organization.
Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers. Retrieved 2011-09-14; the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games, Volume II The Centennial Olympic Games. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers. Retrieved 2011-09-14; the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games, Volume III The Competition Results. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers. Retrieved 2011-09-14. Hugh Drake & Paul Henderson. Canada's Olympic Sailing Legacy, Paris 1924 - Beijing 2008. Toronto: CYA. Kubatko, Justin. "Sailing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-09-17. "IYRU Olympic Update". ISAF. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-18
Nicolás Alexander Lapentti Gómez is a former professional tennis player from Ecuador. His brothers and Leonardo, uncle Andrés, cousins Roberto and Emilio are or were on the pro circuit. Lapentti began playing tennis at the age of six, he first came to the tennis world's attention an outstanding junior player who won the Orange Bowl in Florida in 1994, when he captured the junior doubles titles at the French Open and the US Open. Lapentti turned professional in 1995 and won his first top-level singles title that year at Bogotá. In 1999, Lapentti was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open, defeating Thomas Johansson, Magnus Norman, Mikael Tillström, Andrew Ilie and Karol Kučera before losing to Thomas Enqvist, he won two tour singles titles that year and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 that November. In 2002, Lapentti won his fifth tour singles title at St Pölten, beating Fernando Vicente in straight sets in the final. In the second round of that tournament, his rival, Irakli Labadze, faced four match points but was not able to convert any of them.
Lapentti won that tough match 5–7, 7–6, 7–6. His brother, Giovanni, is a professional tennis player, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 110 in May 2005. In addition, another brother, has been active at the lower levels of professional tennis. In the Cincinnati Open 2008, Lapentti defeated David Ferrer in second round, Fernando Verdasco in the third round and faced No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals where he lost in straight sets. With that victory over Lapentti, Nadal clinched the World No. 1 ranking for the first time. In his last participation in a Grand Slam, he had to retire against Novak Djokovic in the first round of the 2009 French Open. In 2017, it was announced that Nicolás would compete in the Ecuador Open doubles draw alongside brother Giovanni, playing in the final event of his career, he has been a member of the Ecuador Davis Cup team since 1993. Representing his country in Davis Cup since he was 17, won the deciding rubber against Great Britain to put Ecuador in the World Group.
Moreover, he owns the Davis Cup record for most matches won in five sets, with a total of 13 victories. Set up the Nicolás Lapentti Foundation in late 2000 to help bring tennis to the underprivileged, develop future champions. Other interests include reading Robert Ludlum books. Official website Nicolás Lapentti at the Association of Tennis Professionals Nicolás Lapentti at the International Tennis Federation Nicolás Lapentti at the Davis Cup
20 kilometres race walk
The 20 kilometre race walk is an Olympic athletics event, competed by both men and women. The racewalking event is competed as a road race. Athletes must always keep in contact with the ground and the supporting leg must remain straight until the raised leg passes it. 20 kilometres is 12.4274 miles. The men's world record for the 20 km race walk is held by Yusuke Suzuki, who walked 1:16:36 at the Asian Race Walking Championships in his home town of Nomi, Japan. Suzuki's new World Record came one week after Yohann Diniz's mark who walked a record time of 1:17:02 in Arles at the 2015 French championships; the women's world record of 1:24:38 was set by Liu Hong of China. Russian Elena Lashmanova, has served a previous ban for doping holds a quicker time of 1:23:39, the European record, but it has never been ratified as a world record. Correct as of March 2019. Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:18:00: Yohann Diniz walked 1:17:24, 1:17:43. Vladimir Kanaykin walked 1:17:36. Toshikazu Yamanishi walked 1:17:41.
Yusuke Suzuki walked 1:17:47. Paquillo Fernández walked 1:17:52, 1:18:00. Valeriy Borchin walked 1:17:55. Wang Zhen walked 1:18:00. Correct as of 19 September 2018.1: These times were achieved without the presence of international judges to officiate the competition and/or post-race doping tests, thus making them invalid for world record status. However, they are accepted as personal best marks for those athletes. Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:26:17: Elena Lashmanova walked 1:24:58, 1:25:02, 1:25:18, 1:25:49. Olga Kaniskina walked 1:25:11, 1:25:42, 1:25:54, 1:26:02. Vera Sokolova walked 1:25:26, 1:25:35, 1:25:38, 1:26:00, 1:26:17. Anisya Kirdyapkina walked 1:25:26, 1:25:30, 1:25:59. Elmira Alembekova walked 1:25:27, 1:26:15. Shenjie Qieyang walked 1:25:37. Olimpiada Ivanova walked 1:25:41, 1:26:08. Liu Hong walked 1:25:56, 1:25:46, 1:26:00. Tatyana Sibileva walked 1:26:16; the following athletes have had their performances annulled due to doping offense: IAAF list of 20-kilometres-race-walk records in XML
1996 Summer Olympics
The 1996 Summer Olympics known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad known as Atlanta 1996, referred to as the Centennial Olympic Games, were an international multi-sport event, held from July 19 to August 4, 1996, in Atlanta, United States. These Games, which were the fourth Summer Olympics to be hosted by the United States, marked the century of the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens—the inaugural edition of the modern Olympic Games, they were the first since 1924 to be held in a different year from a Winter Olympics, under a new IOC practice implemented in 1994 to hold the Summer and Winter Games in alternating, even-numbered years. More than 10,000 athletes from 197 National Olympic Committees competed in 26 sports, including the Olympic debuts of beach volleyball, mountain biking, softball, as well as the new disciplines of lightwight rowing and women's football. 24 countries made their Summer Olympic debut in Atlanta, including eleven former Soviet republics participating for the first time as independent nations.
The hosting United States led the medal count with a total of 101 medals, the most gold and silver medals out of all countries. The U. S. topped the medal count for the first time since 1984, for the first time since 1968 in a non-boycotted Summer Olympics. Notable performances during competition included those of Andre Agassi—who became the first men's singles tennis player to combine a career Grand Slam with an Olympic gold medal, Donovan Bailey—who set a new world record of 9.84 for the men's 100 meters, Lilia Podkopayeva—who became the second gymnast to win an individual event gold after winning the all-round title in the same Olympics. The festivities were marred by violence on July 27, when Eric Rudolph detonated pipe bombs at Centennial Olympic Park—a downtown park, built to serve as a public focal point for the Games' festivities, injuring 111. In 2003, Rudolph confessed to the bombing and a series of related attacks on abortion centers and a gay bar, was sentenced to life in prison.
He claimed that the bombing was meant to protest the U. S. government's sanctioning of "abortion on demand". The Games turned a profit, helped by record revenue from sponsorship deals and broadcast rights, reliance on private funding, among other factors; the Games faced criticism for being overly commercialized, as well as other issues noted by European officials, such as the availability of food and transport. The event had a lasting impact on the city. Atlanta was selected on September 18, 1990, in Tokyo, over Athens, Manchester and Toronto at the 96th IOC Session; the city entered the competition as a dark horse. The US media criticized it as a second-tier city and complained of Georgia's Confederate history. However, the IOC Evaluation Commission ranked Atlanta's infrastructure and facilities the highest, while IOC members said that it could guarantee large television revenues similar to the success of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Additionally, former US ambassador to the UN and Atlanta mayor Andrew Jackson Young touted Atlanta's civil rights history and reputation for racial harmony.
Young wanted to showcase a reformed American South. The strong economy of Atlanta and improved race relations in the South helped to impress the IOC officials; the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games proposed a substantial revenue-sharing with the IOC, USOC, other NOCs. Atlanta's main rivals were Toronto, whose front-running bid that began in 1986 had chances to succeed after Canada had held a successful 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Melbourne, who hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics and after Brisbane, Australia's failed bid for the 1992 games and prior to Sydney, Australia's successful 2000 Summer Olympics bid; this would be Toronto's fourth failed attempt since 1960. Greece, the home of the ancient and first modern Olympics, was considered by many observers the "natural choice" for the Centennial Games. However, Athens bid chairman Spyros Metaxa demanded that it be named as the site of the Olympics because of its "historical right due to its history", which may have caused resentment among delegates.
Furthermore, the Athens bid was described as "arrogant and poorly prepared", being regarded as "not being up to the task of coping with the modern and risk-prone extravaganza" of the current Games. Athens faced numerous obstacles, including "political instability, potential security problems, air pollution, traffic congestion and the fact that it would have to spend about $3 billion to improve its infrastructure of airports, rail lines and other amenities"; the total cost of the 1996 Summer Olympics was estimated to be around $1.7 billion. The venues and the Games themselves were funded via private investment, the only public funding came from the U. S. government for security, around $500 million of public money used on physical public infrastructure including streetscaping, road improvements, Centennial Olympic Park, expansion of the airport, improvements in public transportation, redevelopment of public housing projects. $420 million worth of tickets wer
Swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics
The swimming competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics was held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, United States. There were 762 competitors from 117 countries; this was the last Olympics. At the time of the games, the facility had a temporary 50m warm-up pool located behind the locker rooms and entry concourse; the open walls allowed for temporary seating to be in place during the games. A wall and new roof have since been placed on the facility. * Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals. * Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals. 762 swimmers from 117 nations competed. Swim rankings results