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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988

Gold: URS Tetiana Samolenko-Dorovskykh
Silver: ROU Paula Ivan
Bronze: GBR Yvonne Murray
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The race was expected to be between 1987 World Champion Tatyana Samolenko (RUS), American Mary Decker-Slaney, who had disastrously fallen in the 1984 fallen, and the defending champion, Maricica Puică (ROM). Puică went out in the heats with an injured lower leg. In the final, Decker-Slaney led for the 1,800 metres, but the pack was together. The lead was then taken by unheralded American Vicki Huber, as Decker-Slaney faded, eventually finishing 10th. At 2,500 metres, Yvonne Murray of Scotland took the lead, pushing the pace to offset her lack of a sprint. Samolenko bided her time and on the final straight, powered past the field to win over Romania’s Paula Ivan, Murray getting the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tetiana Samolenko-Dorovskykh 27 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Paula Ivan 25 Romania ROU Silver
3 Yvonne Murray 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Yelena Romanova 25 Soviet Union URS
5 Nataliya Artyomova 25 Soviet Union URS
6 Vicki Huber 21 United States USA
7 Wendy Sly 28 Great Britain GBR
8 Lynn Williams 28 Canada CAN
9 Elly van Hulst 29 Netherlands NED
10 Mary Decker-Slaney 30 United States USA
11 Cornelia Bürki 34 Switzerland SUI
12 Annette Sergent-Palluy 25 France FRA
13 PattiSue Plumer 26 United States USA
14 Angela Chalmers 25 Canada CAN
15 Debbie Scott-Bowker 29 Canada CAN
7 h1 r1/2 Wang Xiuting 23 China CHN
8 h1 r1/2 Jill Hunter 21 Great Britain GBR
9 h1 r1/2 Christine Pfitzinger 29 New Zealand NZL
10 h1 r1/2 Jackie Perkins 23 Australia AUS
10 h2 r1/2 Vera Michallek 29 West Germany FRG
11 h1 r1/2 Andri Avraam 25 Cyprus CYP
11 h2 r1/2 Chen Qingmei 25 China CHN
12 h1 r1/2 Angelines Rodríguez 18 Spain ESP
12 h2 r1/2 Roberta Brunet 23 Italy ITA
13 h1 r1/2 Fernanda Ribeiro 19 Portugal POR
13 h2 r1/2 Ann Keenan-Buckley 26 Ireland IRL
14 h1 r1/2 Susan Sirma 22 Kenya KEN
14 h2 r1/2 Khin Khin Htwe 25 Myanmar MYA
15 h1 r1/2 Im Chun-Ae 19 South Korea KOR
15 h2 r1/2 Daphrose Nyiramutuzo 16 Rwanda RWA
16 h2 r1/2 Dikanda Diba 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
AC h1 r1/2 Marie-Pierre Duros 21 France FRA
AC h1 r1/2 Maricica Puică 38 Romania ROU
AC h2 r1/2 Fatima Aouam 28 Morocco MAR
AC h2 r1/2 Poloni Avek 22 Papua New Guinea PNG