1988 Summer Olympics
Games of the XXIV Olympiad
|Athletes participating||8,465 (6,279 men, 2,186 women)|
|Events||263 in 27 sports|
|Opening ceremonies||September 17, 1988|
|Closing ceremonies||October 2, 1988|
|Officially opened by||Roh Taewoo|
|Athlete's Oath||Hur Jae|
|Judge's Oath:||Lee Hakrae|
Sohn Kee-chung, Chung Sunman ,
Kim Wontak and Sohn Mi-Chung
- South Korea's government became a democracy under the pressure of organising the Olympics.
- After boycotts of the Olympics in 1976, 1980 and 1984, the Games were again boycotted, but only by four nations: North Korea, Cuba, Ethiopia and Nicaragua.
- Canadian Ben Johnson wins the 100 m in a new World Record, but is then disqualified after he has been found guilty of doping.
- Swimmer Kristin Otto of East Germany wins six gold medals. Other multi-medalists in the pool are Matt Biondi (five) and Janet Evans (3).
- Anthony Nesty of Suriname wins his country's first Olympic medal by winning the 100 m butterfly, scoring an upset victory.
- US Sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins three gold medals and a silver on the track.
- Christa Rothenburger becomes the first (and last) athlete to win Olympic medals at the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics in the same year. She adds a cycling silver to the speed skating gold she won earlier in the year in Calgary.
- US diver Greg Louganis wins back-to-back titles on both diving events, but only after hitting the springboard with his head in the 3-m event final.
- Tennis returns to the Olympics after a 64-year absence. Steffi Graf adds to her four Grand Slam victories in the year by also winning the Olympic title.
- Table tennis is introduced at the Olympics, with China and the host nation both winning two titles.
- Daniela Silivas of Romania wins three gold medals in gymnastics, Soviet Vladimir Artemov wins four.
- Two Bulgarian weightlifters are stripped of their gold medals after testing positive for doping. The Bulgarian weightlifting team withdraws after this event.
- Baseball and Taekwondo are demo sports
- Woman´s Judo
- The last amateur US men's basketball team fails to win the gold, for only the third time in Olympic history.
See the medal winners, ordered by sport:
Top medal-collecting nations:
(for the full table, see 1988 Summer Olympics medal count)
|1988 Summer Olympics medal count|
|2||East Germany (GDR)||37||35||30||102|
|5||West Germany (FRG)||11||14||15||40|
- 1988 Summer Paralympics
- International Olympic Committee
- WikiProject Sports Olympics
- IOC country codes
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