|Women's 100 metres|
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
|Venue||Centennial Olympic Stadium|
|Date||26 July 1996 (heats and quarter-finals)|
27 July 1996 (semi-finals and finals)
|Competitors||56 from 42 nations|
| Athletics at the|
1996 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|10 km walk||women|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The women's 100 metres was an event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were a total number of 56 participating athletes, with two rounds (seven heats in round 1, four heats at round 2), two semifinals and a final.Although both Gail Devers of the United States and Merlene Ottey of Jamaica had clocked the same time in the final at the finish line at 10.94 seconds, snapshot of their photo finish confirmed that Devers had edged Ottey out for the gold medal.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||10.49||Florence Griffith-Joyner||Indianapolis (USA)||July 16, 1988|
|Olympic Record||10.62||Florence Griffith-Joyner||Seoul (KOR)||September 24, 1988|
|2||Susanthika Jayasinghe||Sri Lanka||11.18||Q|
|5||Heather Samuel||Antigua and Barbuda||11.44||q|
|8||Sortelina Pires||São Tomé and Príncipe||13.31|
|2||D'Andre Hill||United States||11.11||Q|
|6||Cydonie Mothersill||Cayman Islands||11.61|
|7||Michelle Baptiste||Saint Lucia||11.92|
|8||Natalie Martindale||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||12.25|
|3||Myra Mayberry||Puerto Rico||11.51||Q|
|4||Stephi Douglas||Great Britain||11.61||Q|
|8||Isménia do Frederico||Cape Verde||13.03|
|1||Gwen Torrence||United States||11.11||Q|
|6||Marcia Richardson||Great Britain||11.42||q|
|7||Wang Huei-Chen||Chinese Taipei||11.70|
|8||Nester Geniwala'a||Solomon Islands||13.74|
|9||Juliana Obiong||Equatorial Guinea||13.88|
|1||Gail Devers||United States||10.92||Q|
|5||Simmone Jacobs||Great Britain||11.39||q|
|7||Lee Young-sook||South Korea||11.88|
|1||Gwen Torrence||United States||11.11||Q|
|7||Heather Samuel||Antigua and Barbuda||11.60|
|8||Stephi Douglas||Great Britain||11.75|
|1||Gail Devers||United States||10.94||Q|
|7||Marcia Richardson||Great Britain||11.55|
|—||Susanthika Jayasinghe||Sri Lanka||DNF|
|3||D'Andre Hill||United States||11.21||Q|
|5||Simmone Jacobs||Great Britain||11.47|
|7||Myra Mayberry||Puerto Rico||11.66|
|2||Gwen Torrence||United States||10.97||Q|
|6||D'Andre Hill||United States||11.20|
|1||Gail Devers||United States||11.00||Q|
|6||Gail Devers||United States||10.94|
|5||Gwen Torrence||United States||10.96|
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