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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 29, 1988
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: GDR Christian Schenk
Silver: GDR Torsten Voss
Bronze: CAN Dave Steen

Summary

Two-time defending champion Daley Thompson was back, but was no longer the favorite. In 1987 he finished ninth at the World Championships, his first loss since 1978. He was also injured in 1988, but managed to compete at Seoul. With his form down, West Germany's Jürgen Hingsen, a three-time world record holder, but Alydar to Thompson's Affirmed, was thought to have a chance to win his first major international championship. In the first event, the 100 metres, that possibility ended when Hingsen false started three times! He was disqualified from the 100, and withdrew, his chance of winning gone. Thompson, a top sprinter, won the 100. But the lead after day one went to East German Christian Schenk. France's Christian Plaziat moved ahead after the 110 hurdles, but Schenk placed second in the discus and took the lead for good after that event. He won the gold medal by 89 points over his teammate Torsten Voss, with Canadian Dave Steen winning the bronze medal. Daley Thompson placed fourth, ending his Olympic and decathlon career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Christian Schenk 23 East Germany GDR Gold 8.488
2 Torsten Voss 25 East Germany GDR Silver 8.399
3 Dave Steen 28 Canada CAN Bronze 8.328
4 Daley Thompson 30 Great Britain GBR 8.306
5 Christian Plaziat 24 France FRA 8.272
6 Alain Blondel 25 France FRA 8.268
7 Tim Bright 28 United States USA 8.216
8 Rob de Wit 26 Netherlands NED 8.189
9 Dave Johnson 25 United States USA 8.180
10 Pavlo Tarnovetskiy 27 Soviet Union URS 8.167
11 Petri Keskitalo 21 Finland FIN 8.143
12 Beat Gähwiler 23 Switzerland SUI 8.114
13 Dezső Szabó 21 Hungary HUN 8.093
14 Mike Smith 21 Canada CAN 8.083
15 Simon Shirley 22 Australia AUS 8.036
16 Simon Poelman 25 New Zealand NZL 8.021
17 Mikael Olander 25 Sweden SWE 7.869
18 Uwe Freimuth 27 East Germany GDR 7.860
19 Lars Warming 25 Denmark DEN 7.859
20 Roman Hrabaň 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 7.781
21 Georg Werthner 32 Austria AUT 7.753
22 Christian Gugler 28 Switzerland SUI 7.745
23 Antonio Peñalver 19 Spain ESP 7.743
24 Alex Kruger 24 Great Britain GBR 7.623
25 Lee Fu-An 24 Chinese Taipei TPE 7.579
26 Santiago Mellado 25 El Salvador ESA 7.517
27 Severin Moser 25 Switzerland SUI 7.502
28 Věroslav Valenta 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 7.442
29 Carlos O'Connell 25 Ireland IRL 7.310
30 Greg Richards 32 Great Britain GBR 7.237
31 Gong Guohua 24 China CHN 7.231
32 Albert Miller 30 Fiji FIJ 7.016
33 Lee Gwang-Ik 19 South Korea KOR 6.917
34 Dambar Kuwar Nepal NEP 5.339
AC Valter Külvet 24 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Gary Kinder 25 United States USA DNF
AC Fidel Solórzano 26 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Oleksandr Apaichev 26 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Jürgen Hingsen 30 West Germany FRG DNF