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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


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