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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

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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

Gold: USA Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Silver: GDR Heike Drechsler
Bronze: URS Galina Čisťakovová

Summary

The co-world record holders were Heike Drechsler-Daute (GDR) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA), who had both jumped 7.45 (24-5½) – twice for Drechsler. Joyner-Kersee was 1987 World Champion while Drechsler had won that event in 1983 and was 1986 European Champion. They were solid co-favorites at the beginning of 1988. But then in June, Galina Chistyakova broke the world record twice at the Znamenskiy Memorial meet in Leningrad. Chistyakova led round one with 7.11 (23-4), but would never better that mark. Drechsler took the lead in the third round with 7.18 (23-6¾), Joyner-Kersee moving into second with 7.16 (23-6). Drechsler extended her lead in the fourth round with 7.22 (23-8¼), only to see Joyner-Kersee win the gold medal with 7.40 (24-3½) in round five.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jackie Joyner-Kersee 26 United States USA Gold OR
2 Heike Drechsler 23 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Galina Čisťakovová 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Yelena Belevskaya 24 Soviet Union URS
5 Nicole Boegman-Staines 21 Australia AUS
6 Fiona May 18 Great Britain GBR
7 Agata Jaroszek-Karczmarek 24 Poland POL
8 Sabine John 30 East Germany GDR
9 Xiong Qiying 20 China CHN
10 Inesa Kravets 21 Soviet Union URS
11 Liu Shuzhen 22 China CHN
12 Lene Demsitz 29 Denmark DEN
13 QR Carol Lewis 25 United States USA
14 QR Liao Wenfen 25 China CHN
15 QR Marjon Wijnsma 23 Netherlands NED
16 QR Sheila Echols 23 United States USA
17 QR Kim Hagger 26 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Shonel Ferguson 30 Bahamas BAH
19 QR Antonella Capriotti 26 Italy ITA
20 QR Jolanta Bartczak 24 Poland POL
21 QR Maroula Lambrou-Teloni 35 Cyprus CYP
22 QR Ulrike Kleindl 25 Austria AUT
23 QR Madeline de Jesús 30 Puerto Rico PUR
24 QR Park Suk-Ja 18 South Korea KOR
25 QR Wang Shu-Hua 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
26 QR Jacqueline Ross 18 Saint Vincent VIN
27 QR Juliana Yendork 16 Ghana GHA
28 QR Melvina Vulah 22 Liberia LBR
29 QR Mary Berkeley 22 Great Britain GBR
AC QR Tracy Smith 23 Canada CAN