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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Heptathlon

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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 24, 1988
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: USA Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Silver: GDR Sabine John
Bronze: GDR Anke Behmer

Summary

By 1988 Jackie Joyner-Kersee was easily the world’s top all-around female athlete. She had played basketball at UCLA, she was a world-class long jumper, and in 1986, she twice broke the world heptathlon record, becoming the first to surpass 7,000 points. At the 1988 Olympic Trials she again broke the world record, scoring 7,215. She was a prohibitive favorite in this event in Seoul, possessing the top five marks of all-time, and she did not disappoint. In the first five events, she won the 100 hurdles, tied for first in the high jump, was second in the shot put, won the 200 metres, and won the long jump. She led Sabine John by 179 points after day one and by almost 400 points after the long jump, and shattered the world record with 7,291, which still stands as the world record thru 2008.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Jackie Joyner-Kersee 26 United States USA Gold 7.291 WR
2 Sabine John 30 East Germany GDR Silver 6.897 OR
3 Anke Behmer 27 East Germany GDR Bronze 6.858 OR
4 Nataliya Shubenkova 30 Soviet Union URS 6.540
5 Remigija Sablovskaitė-Nazarovienė 21 Soviet Union URS 6.456
6 Ines Schulz 23 East Germany GDR 6.411
7 Jane Flemming 23 Australia AUS 6.351
8 Cindy Greiner 31 United States USA 6.297
9 Zuzana Lajbnerová 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 6.252
10 Svetlana Buraga 23 Soviet Union URS 6.232
11 Marjon Wijnsma 23 Netherlands NED 6.205
12 Svetla Dimitrova 18 Bulgaria BUL 6.171
13 Corinne Schneider 26 Switzerland SUI 6.157
14 Sabine Braun 23 West Germany FRG 6.109
15 Satu Ruotsalainen 21 Finland FIN 6.101
16 Dong Yuping 25 China CHN 6.087
17 Kim Hagger 26 Great Britain GBR 5.975
18 Wendy Brown 22 United States USA 5.972
19 Joanne Mulliner 22 Great Britain GBR 5.746
20 Jacqueline Hautenauve 26 Belgium BEL 5.734
21 Ragne Kytölä 23 Finland FIN 5.686
22 Conceição Geremias 32 Brazil BRA 5.508
23 Hsu Huei-Ying 19 Chinese Taipei TPE 5.290
24 Ji Jeong-Mi 25 South Korea KOR 5.289
25 Iammogapi Launa 30 Papua New Guinea PNG 4.566
AC Sainiana Tukana 26 Fiji FIJ DNF
AC Sabine Everts 27 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Chantal Beaugeant 27 France FRA DNF
AC Judy Livermore-Simpson 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Tineke Hidding 29 Netherlands NED DNF