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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 28, 1988

Gold: USA Steve Lewis
Silver: USA Butch Reynolds
Bronze: USA Danny Joe Everett

Summary

In early August 1988, at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich, Harry "Butch" Reynolds broke Lee Evans's vaunted world record of 43.86 from the 1968 Olympics, running 43.29. He was a heavy favorite in Seoul, and had also won the US Olympic Trials from Danny Joe Everett. The third US qualifier was a youngster, Everett's 19-year-old [UCLA] teammate, Steve Lewis. In the first two rounds at Seoul, Lewis had the fastest times. The two semis were won by Reynolds and Lewis, with 1987 World Champion Thomas Schönlebe (GDR) failing to qualify. In the final, Everett opened up early and led to 200 metres. Lewis then took the lead but Reynolds was closing. His last 100 was the fastest but he narrowly missed catching Lewis, who won the gold. Everett held on to complete the US sweep.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steve Lewis 19 United States USA Gold
2 Butch Reynolds 24 United States USA Silver
3 Danny Joe Everett 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Darren Clark 23 Australia AUS
5 Innocent Egbunike 26 Nigeria NGR
6 Bert Cameron 28 Jamaica JAM
7 Ian Morris 26 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 Mohamed Al-Malky 25 Oman OMA
5 h1 r3/4 Susumu Takano 27 Japan JPN
5 h2 r3/4 Thomas Schönlebe 23 East Germany GDR
6 h1 r3/4 Jens Carlowitz 24 East Germany GDR
6 h2 r3/4 Howard Davis 21 Jamaica JAM
7 h1 r3/4 Gérson de Souza 29 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r3/4 Devon Morris 27 Jamaica JAM
8 h1 r3/4 Tomasz Jędrusik 19 Poland POL
8 h2 r3/4 Brian Whittle 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/4 Sunday Uti 25 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r2/4 Simeon Kipkemboi 28 Kenya KEN
5 h3 r2/4 Gaietà Cornet 25 Spain ESP
5 h4 r2/4 Gabriel Tiacoh 25 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h1 r2/4 Miles Murphy 21 Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/4 Todd Bennett 26 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/4 Anton Skerritt 24 Canada CAN
6 h4 r2/4 Lucas Sang 25 Kenya KEN
7 h1 r2/4 Dawda Jallow 21 Gambia GAM
7 h2 r2/4 Ousmane Diarra 24 Senegal SEN
7 h3 r2/4 Elkana Nyangau Kenya KEN
7 h4 r2/4 Patrick Delice 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h1 r2/4 Elvis Forde 28 Barbados BAR
8 h2 r2/4 Troy Douglas 25 Bermuda BER
8 h3 r2/4 Takale Tuna 23 Papua New Guinea PNG
8 h4 r2/4 Rob Stone 23 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/4 Richard Louis 24 Barbados BAR
4 h2 r1/4 Seibert Straughn 20 Barbados BAR
4 h3 r1/4 Douglas Kalembo 28 Zambia ZAM
4 h4 r1/4 Lin Kuang-Liang 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
4 h5 r1/4 Jean-Didiace Bémou 29 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
4 h6 r1/4 Sunday Maweni 29 Botswana BOT
4 h7 r1/4 Elijah Nkala 24 Zimbabwe ZIM
4 h8 r1/4 Yun Nam-Han 19 South Korea KOR
5 h1 r1/4 Felix Sandy 23 Sierra Leone SLE
5 h2 r1/4 Filipe Lombá 28 Portugal POR
5 h3 r1/4 Mohamed Hossain Milzer 21 Bangladesh BAN
5 h4 r1/4 Ernest Tché-Noubossie 32 Cameroon CMR
5 h5 r1/4 Abdullah Ali Ahmed 26 Libya LBA
5 h6 r1/4 Sulaiman Juma Al-Habsi 18 Oman OMA
5 h7 r1/4 Antonio Sánchez 24 Spain ESP
5 h8 r1/4 John Goville 26 Uganda UGA
5 h9 r1/4 Slobodan Branković 20 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h10r1/4 Ismail Mačev 28 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h1 r1/4 Gustavo Envela 20 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
6 h2 r1/4 Ali Faudet 18 Chad CHA
6 h3 r1/4 Akossi Gnalo 28 Togo TOG
6 h4 r1/4 Haji Bakr Al-Qahtani 23 Saudi Arabia KSA
6 h5 r1/4 Jonathan Chipalo 26 Zambia ZAM
6 h6 r1/4 Nordin Mohamed Jadi 26 Malaysia MAS
6 h7 r1/4 Jaime Rodrigues 33 Mozambique MOZ
6 h8 r1/4 Muhammad Fayyaz 21 Pakistan PAK
6 h9 r1/4 Jorge Fidel Ponce 20 Honduras HON
6 h10r1/4 Elieser Wattebosi 24 Indonesia INA
7 h1 r1/4 Joe Rodan 37 Fiji FIJ
7 h2 r1/4 Baptiste Firiam 17 Vanuatu VAN
7 h4 r1/4 Enock Musonda 22 Zambia ZAM
7 h5 r1/4 Maher Abbas 22 Lebanon LIB
7 h6 r1/4 Michael Williams 17 Saint Vincent VIN
7 h7 r1/4 Aouf Abdul Rahman Youssef 27 Iraq IRQ
7 h8 r1/4 Yaya Seyba Mali MLI
7 h10r1/4 Willis Todman 22 British Virgin Islands IVB
8 h1 r1/4 Odiya Silweya 29 Malawi MAW
8 h4 r1/4 Ahmed Shageef 17 Maldives MDV
8 h5 r1/4 Carlton Usher 19 Belize BIZ
8 h7 r1/4 Desai Wynter 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV
8 h8 r1/4 Alfred Browne 29 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
AC h3 r1/4 Sérgio de Menezes 23 Brazil BRA
AC h9 r1/4 Mwana Bute Kasongo 24 Congo (Kinshasa) COD