Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 17, 1988
Date Finished: September 18, 1988
Format: 10 metre platform.
|Bronze:||Wendy Lian Williams|
The favorites were the Chinese duo of [Xu Yanmei], 1987 World Cup champion, and [Chen Xiaodan], who had won the McDonald’s Meet in May 1988. Soviet [Yelena Miroshina] was also highly considered, having set the world’s highest platform score of 508.65 when she was only 12-years-old. But Chen and Miroshina were only 14-years-old in Seoul and would finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Coming into the final dive Yu led American [Michele Mitchell], the 1984 silver medalist, by only 0.27 points. Xu did a back 2½ pike with DD of 2.9, scoring four 8s and a 7.5, while Mitchell just missed with a forward 3½ tuck, DD = 2.7, scoring all 7.5s and having to settle for another silver medal, as Xu won the gold.
The bronze medal looked to be Chen’s coming into the final dive. She had a 16.47 lead over Soviet [Anzhela Stasyulevich], with American [Wendy Lian Williams] fifth, over 28 points behind. But Chen went way over on a back 3½ tuck, scoring only 2s and 3s, giving the bronze medal to Williams, who received all 8s on an inward 2½ pike on her final effort. Williams would win another bronze at the 1991 World Championships but never made another Olympic team.
|2||Michele Mitchell||26||United States||USA||Silver|
|3||Wendy Lian Williams||21||United States||USA||Bronze|
|4||Anzhela Stasyulevich||21||Soviet Union||URS|
|6||Yelena Miroshina||14||Soviet Union||URS|
|8||Silke Abicht||19||East Germany||GDR|
|9||María José Alcalá||16||Mexico||MEX|
|13 QR||Wendy Fuller||23||Canada||CAN|
|14 QR||Julie Kent||23||Australia||AUS|
|15 QR||Monika Kühn||21||West Germany||FRG|
|16 QR||Yuki Motobuchi||19||Japan||JPN|
|17 QR||Masako Asada||17||Japan||JPN|
|18 QR||Carolyn Roscoe||22||Great Britain||GBR|
|19 QR||Doris Pecher||21||West Germany||FRG|
|20 QR||Kim Eun-Hui||15||South Korea||KOR|