Games of the 24 Olympiad,1988
Begin1988-09-17
End1988-10-02
Nations159
Participants8391
Women2194
Events237
CitySeoul, Korea
  • In September 1981, at the 84th IOC Session in Baden-Baden, two candidate cities - Seoul, Korea and Nagoya, Japan were applied to host Olympic games 1988.
  • Korea had no diplomatic relations with Communist-bloc countries and it was not clear whether the USSR, DPRK and other communist countries would participate in the Seoul Olympic games.
  • Despite of all, Seoul, Korea won with large margin: 52 votes for Seoul, 27 - for Nagoya.
Seoul 1988 - Medal Table
1. USSR
55
31
46
2. GDR
37
35
30
3. USA
36
31
27
4. Korea
12
10
11
5. FRG
11
14
15
6. Hungary
11
6
6
10
12
13
8. Romania
7
11
6
9. France
6
4
6
10. Italy
6
4
4
11. China
5
11
12
5
10
9
13. Kenya
5
2
2
14. Japan
4
3
7
14. Australia
3
6
5
3
4
5
3
3
2
3
2
8
19. Canada
3
2
5
20. Poland
2
5
9
21. Norway
2
3
0
2
2
5
23. Denmark
2
1
1
24. Brazil
1
2
3
25. Finland
1
1
2
25. Spain
1
1
2
27. Turkey
1
1
0
28. Morocco
1
0
2
29. Austria
1
0
0
29. Portugal
1
0
0
29. Suriname
1
0
0
32. Sweden
0
4
7
0
2
2
34. Jamaica
0
2
0
35. Argentina
0
1
1
36. Chile
0
1
0
0
1
0
36. Indonesia
0
1
0
36. Iran
0
1
0
36. Peru
0
1
0
36. Senegal
0
1
0
0
1
0
44. Belgium
0
0
2
44. Mexico
0
0
2
46. Colombia
0
0
1
46. Djibouti
0
0
1
46. Greece
0
0
1
46. Mongolia
0
0
1
46. Pakistan
0
0
1
0
0
1
46. Thailand
0
0
1
Games of the 24 Olympiad,1988 - Some interesting facts
  • The President Roh Tae-woo officially opened the Games of the 24 Olympiad at the new 100,000-seat Olympic stadium.
  • North Korea boycotted the Games because the IOC refused North Korean demand to co-host the Games. Cuba and Ethiopia stayed home in support of North Korea.
  • The doping disqualification of sprinter from Canada Ben Johnson after his victory in the 100m sprint in the world record time of 9.79.
  • New rules allowed professional athletes to compete in individual sports and leaders of world tennis could participate in the Games. Steffi Graf of FRG, added the gold medal to her tennis Grand Slam title in 1988.
  • Christa Luding-Rothenburger from GDR, who earlier in February 1988 won a speed skating gold medal at the Calgary Winter Olympic games, became the first athlete who won Summer and Winter Olympic medals in the same year, when she won silver in the track cycling sprint.
Poster and Medals