#100MOMENTSIN100DAYS: Michelle Smith Rules The Pool In Atlanta

Olympics

ByTheMinRio2016

July 20th 1996. Atlanta, Georgia. The 1996 Olympic Games. The Women's 400m Individual Medley Final.

Ireland's Michelle Smith lines up against Allison Wagner and Krisztina Egerszeki in the battle for gold.

What you probably don't realise is how unusual it is for an Irish PERSON (man or woman) to be in an Olympic Swimming Final. Very rare.

As Dara O'Briain said, the Irish view the water with suspicion. It's cold and it brought the British.

Indeed, as I type right now in 1996 (don't ask...), Ireland does not have one 50m Olympic Size pool in the country. Aye. Bonkers.

Michelle Smith is the up and coming star of the pool, constantly improving in recent years culminating in a European Silver Medal last year.

We join this race at the 300m mark and the Freestyle leg... The 'unbeatable' Krysztina Egerszeky is tied with Wagner...HERE COMES SMITH!

50M LEFT... SMITH IS NOW AHEAD....SHE'S PULLING AWAY...SHE'S DESTROYING THE FIELD... MICHELLE SMITH WINS GOLD! SCENES!

For the first time in history, an Irish Swimmer wins GOLD at the Olympic Games! What an achievement! She's not done yet though...

You join me now 48 hours later for the Womens 400m Freestyle Final! Guess who's back? No, not him. Michelle Smith!