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Seoul
1988

DateSeptember 16 - October 2
CountryRepublic of Korea
Athletes8397
Teams159
Events237
Seoul 1988
Seoul 1988 Official Film | Seoul 1988
Originals02:19:10
Süleymanoğlu breaks the World Record to take gold
Seoul 1988
Karelin explains how he won dramatic gold in Seoul with a signature move
Legends Live On

About the Games

Democracy Embraced

Awarding the Summer Games to South Korea provided the impetus for the country to embrace democracy. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) boycotted, and was joined by Cuba, Ethiopia and Nicaragua. Still, records were set with 159 nations participating, 52 winning medals and 31 taking home gold medals.

Sprint Scandal

Canadian Ben Johnson set a world record in the 100m sprint, but tested positive for steroids. Johnson was the first world-famous athlete to be disqualified for using drugs. After his disqualification, Carl Lewis was awarded the 100m gold, meaning he had successfully defended his 1984 Olympic title.

Debuts and Firsts

For the first time, all three medallists in equestrian dressage were women. Swedish fencer Kerstin Palm became the first woman to take part in seven Olympic Games, and table tennis made its Olympic debut. Tennis also returned to the programme after a hiatus of 64 years. The event was open to professionals, and Steffi Graf concluded her Grand Slam tennis season by winning Olympic gold.

Seoul
1988

Featured Athletes

All AthletesVisit
Gold
Silver
Bronze
United States of AmericaUnited States of America
5
G
1
S
1
B
German Democratic Republic (Germany)German Democratic Republic (Germany)
6
G
Soviet UnionSoviet Union
4
G
1
S
RomaniaRomania
3
G
2
S
1
B

Replays from
Seoul 1988

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Seoul 1988 Wrestling Greco-Roman men 100 - 130kg (super heavyweight)

Seoul
1988

Discover the Games

The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

The Mascot

An original image, it must give concrete form to the Olympic spirit.

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.