Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Misari Regatta Course, Hanam
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988
The women’s coxless quadruple sculls was held for the first time at the 1988 Summer Games, although a coxed version had been contested at the last three Olympics. At the World Championships, the change from a crew of five to four had first occurred in 1985 and, since then, the East Germans had won every time. In Seoul the country was represented by [Kerstin Förster], [Kristina Mundt], [Beate Schramm], and [Jana Sorgers], all of whom except for Schramm had World Championship titles. No other nation had been able to challenge the East Germans consistently, although the Romanian quartet included [Veronica Cogeanu] and [Elisabeta Lipă], who were beginning their journey of becoming the most decorated rowers in Olympic history. In the opening round, however, it was Bulgaria, the most recent World runner-up, who led the field, winning its heat and defeating the Romanians in the process. Its crew included [Iskra Velinova], a 1980 Olympic silver medalist in the coxed fours. East Germany captured the other heat, albeit in a much slower time, but rebounded in the final and took the gold medal by a comfortable margin. The Soviet crew took silver and included [Antonina Dumcheva], the runner-up in the 1980 Olympic single sculls. Bulgaria, meanwhile, faltered in the medal around and allowed Romania to sneak ahead of it and claim bronze.