Seoul, 1988

  • DATE:- 17 SEP - 02 OCT
  • ATHLETES:- 8397
  • COUNTRIES:- 159
  • EVENTS:- 237
  • Canadian Ben Johnson set a world record in the 100m sprint, but tested positive for steroids.
  • For the first time, all three medalists 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.
  • German cyclist Christa Luding-Rothenburger, who was also a speed skater, earned a silver medal in cycling.
  • Having already won two medals at the Winter Games, she became the only person in history to win winter and summer medals in the same year.
  • Greg Louganis successfully defended his titles in both diving events and American swimmer Matt Biondi won seven medals, including five golds.
  • Fencer Kerstin Palm (SWE) became the first woman to take part in seven Olympics.
  • HODORI is the official mascot. The “Ho” of Hodori comes from the Korean word meaning tiger, while “Dori” is a common masculine diminutive.

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