Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Gymnastics Hall, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 20, 1988
Format: Six-person teams. Each gymnast to perform a compulsory and an optional exercise on all six apparatuses. Top five scores per team on each of the 12 exercises count towards the team score.
The Soviet Union won this gold medal for only the second time since 1956, after 1980, winning quite easily over the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Japan, which had been the men’s team power, winning gold from 1960-76, placed third and won the bronze medal, just edging out China. The United States had won the gold at the boycotted 1984 Olympics but placed 11th of 12 teams in Seoul.