Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul; Mongchon Toseong, Olympic Park, Seoul; Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul; Seoul Equestrian Park, Gwacheon; Taeneung International Shooting Range, Seoul
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988
Format: Scoring by point tables. Team scores totalled from individual scores. Three-man teams with all scores counting.
The two top teams were Italy, 1986 World Champions and 1984 Olympic gold medalists, and Hungary, the 1987 World Champions, who had won that event nine times. Hungary went into the lead after the fencing and held it after the swimming. But Italy was much better with the pistol and took a 24-point lead after four phases, Hungary trailing in second. But the cross-country run was all Hungary. They won the phase by almost 200 points and, with Italy placing only seventh, pulled over 300 points ahead to win the gold medal.