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Seoul
1988

DateSeptember 16 - October 2
CountryRepublic of Korea
Athletes8397
Teams159
Events237
Seoul 1988

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.

Seoul 1988 Olympic Games Legacy

Discover the lasting legacy that this edition of the Olympic Games created for its hosts.

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.

All Medals

Medal Table

See the list of teams and medals won by each.

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Seoul
1988

Featured Athletes

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Gold
Silver
Bronze
  • United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    5G
    1S
    1B
  • German Democratic Republic (Germany)German Democratic Republic (Germany)
    6G
    -
    -
  • Soviet UnionSoviet Union
    4G
    1S
    -
  • RomaniaRomania
    3G
    2S
    1B
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    Discover the Games

    The Brand

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

    Brand

    Brand

    The Medals

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

    Medals

    Medals

    The Mascot

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

    Mascot

    Mascot

    The Torch

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

    Torch

    Torch