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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988

Gold: USA Carl Lewis
Silver: GBR Linford Christie
Bronze: USA Calvin Smith


At the 1987 World Championships in Roma, [Ben Johnson] (CAN) won the race in 9.83, defeating [Carl Lewis] comfortably and putting the first nick in Lewis's armor as the world's fastest man. In the process Johnson shattered the world record. He had also won the 100 at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and was world ranked #1 in both 1986 and 1987, with Lewis ranked #2 in 1987 and #3 in 1986. The Seoul 100 was expected to be a match-up between these two with American [Calvin Smith], the former world record holder at 9.93, and Britain's [Linford Christie] considered to have shots at medals. Lewis was fastest in the prelims, running 9.99 in the quarters and 9.97 in the semis. But the final was a runaway for Johnson, who broke his own world record with 9.79, Lewis finishing in 9.92, and Christie coming up for the bronze medal.

Or so it was thought to be. Early the next day, rumors spread throughout the Olympic Village that a 100 metre finalist had tested positive for drugs, and late in the day, it was announced that this was true and that the doping violation was on Ben Johnson for using stanazolol. Johnson was disqualified, with the gold medal going to Lewis, Christie getting a silver, and Calvin Smith moving into the medals with a bronze. As always, Johnson denied that he had ever taken performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), although by 1988 he looked as if somebody had put an air hose in his mouth and turned it on. Later that year the Canadian government began an inquiry into the use of drugs in Canadian sports, termed the Dubin Inquiry, after presiding Judge Charles Dubin. In that inquiry, Johnson eventually admitted to the long-term use of steroids, and this was confirmed by his doctor, Jamie Astaphan, and coach, Charles Francis. Johnson was suspended for two years but did return to compete internationally in the early 90s and also participated in the [1992 Olympics]. His 1987 World Championship and all his world records were rescinded by the IAAF.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carl Lewis 27 United States USA Gold OR
2 Linford Christie 28 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Calvin Smith 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Dennis Mitchell 22 United States USA
5 Róbson da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
6 Desai Williams 29 Canada CAN
7 Ray Stewart 23 Jamaica JAM
AC Ben Johnson 26 Canada CAN
4 h2 r3/4 Attila Kovács 28 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r3/4 Arnaldo da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r3/4 Juan Núñez 28 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h1 r3/4 Olapade Adeniken 19 Nigeria NGR
6 h2 r3/4 Isiaq Adeyanju 28 Nigeria NGR
7 h1 r3/4 Mardi Lestari 20 Indonesia INA
8 h1 r3/4 John Myles-Mills 22 Ghana GHA
3 h1 r2/4 John Mair 24 Jamaica JAM
3 h3 r2/4 Sven Matthes 19 East Germany GDR
3 h4 r2/4 Andreas Berger 27 Austria AUT
3 h6 r2/4 Max Morinière 24 France FRA
4 h1 r2/4 Charles-Louis Seck 23 Senegal SEN
4 h3 r2/4 Jean-Charles Trouabal 23 France FRA
4 h4 r2/4 Emmanuel Tuffour 21 Ghana GHA
4 h5 r2/4 Pier-Francesco Pavoni 25 Italy ITA
4 h6 r2/4 Ezio Madonia 22 Italy ITA
5 h1 r2/4 Li Tao 20 China CHN
5 h2 r2/4 Michele Lazazzera 20 Italy ITA
5 h3 r2/4 José Javier Arqués 28 Spain ESP
5 h4 r2/4 Talal Mansour 24 Qatar QAT
5 h5 r2/4 Vitaly Savin 22 Soviet Union URS
5 h6 r2/4 Peter Wekesa 26 Kenya KEN
6 h1 r2/4 Kennedy Ondiek 21 Kenya KEN
6 h2 r2/4 Thierry Lauret 23 France FRA
6 h3 r2/4 Amadou M'Baye 24 Senegal SEN
6 h4 r2/4 Patrick Stevens 20 Belgium BEL
6 h5 r2/4 Koji Kurihara 24 Japan JPN
6 h6 r2/4 Sim Deok-Seop 24 South Korea KOR
7 h1 r2/4 Ousmane Diarra 21 Mali MLI
7 h2 r2/4 Zheng Chen 23 China CHN
7 h3 r2/4 Barrington Williams 33 Great Britain GBR
7 h4 r2/4 Cheng Hsin-Fu 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h5 r2/4 István Tatár 30 Hungary HUN
7 h6 r2/4 Andrew Smith 24 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r2/4 Chidi Imoh 25 Nigeria NGR
8 h3 r2/4 Christian Haas 30 West Germany FRG
8 h4 r2/4 György Fetter 24 Hungary HUN
8 h5 r2/4 Issa Alassane-Ousséni 27 Benin BEN
8 h6 r2/4 Cai Jianming 25 China CHN
1 h10r1/4 Vladimir Krylov 24 Soviet Union URS
3 h8 r1/4 Carlos Moreno 20 Chile CHI
4 h2 r1/4 Andrey Razin 25 Soviet Union URS
4 h3 r1/4 Fabian Whymns 27 Bahamas BAH
4 h6 r1/4 John Regis 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h8 r1/4 Abdullah Salem Al-Khalidi 30 Oman OMA
4 h9 r1/4 Eduardo Nava 20 Mexico MEX
4 h11r1/4 Oliver Daniels 24 Liberia LBR
5 h1 r1/4 Boevi Lawson 23 Togo TOG
5 h2 r1/4 Henri Ndinga 27 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
5 h3 r1/4 Neville Hodge 32 United States Virgin Islands ISV
5 h5 r1/4 Samuel Nchinda-Kaya 21 Cameroon CMR
5 h6 r1/4 Mothobi Kharitse 23 Lesotho LES
5 h7 r1/4 Khaled Ibrahim Jouma 25 Bahrain BRN
5 h8 r1/4 Mohamed Shah Jalal 22 Bangladesh BAN
5 h9 r1/4 Jailto Bonfim 24 Brazil BRA
5 h10r1/4 Takahiko Kasahara 21 Japan JPN
5 h11r1/4 Luís Cunha 23 Portugal POR
5 h12r1/4 Enrique Talavera 21 Spain ESP
5 h13r1/4 Harouna Pale 31 Burkina Faso BUR
6 h1 r1/4 Leung Wing Kwong 22 Hong Kong HKG
6 h2 r1/4 Fabian Muyaba 17 Zimbabwe ZIM
6 h3 r1/4 Francis Dove-Edwin 21 Sierra Leone SLE
6 h5 r1/4 Lee Shiunn-Long 29 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h6 r1/4 Robert Loua 19 Guinea GUI
6 h7 r1/4 Muhammad Afzal 21 Pakistan PAK
6 h8 r1/4 Joseph Ssali 20 Uganda UGA
6 h9 r1/4 Lindel Hodge 29 British Virgin Islands IVB
6 h10r1/4 Jimmy Flemming 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV
6 h11r1/4 Evaristo Ortíz 27 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h12r1/4 Tomohiro Osawa 19 Japan JPN
6 h13r1/4 Peauope Suli 24 Tonga TGA
7 h1 r1/4 Mohamed Fahd Al-Bishi 23 Saudi Arabia KSA
7 h2 r1/4 Moustafa Kamel Salmi 23 Algeria ALG
7 h3 r1/4 Alexandre Yougbare Burkina Faso BUR
7 h4 r1/4 John Hou 19 Papua New Guinea PNG
7 h5 r1/4 Bill Trott 23 Bermuda BER
7 h6 r1/4 Samuel Birch 25 Liberia LBR
7 h7 r1/4 Claude Roumain 27 Haiti HAI
7 h8 r1/4 St. Clair Soleyne 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h9 r1/4 Visut Watanasin 23 Thailand THA
7 h10r1/4 Jihad Salame 26 Lebanon LIB
7 h11r1/4 Nguyễn Ðình Minh 22 Vietnam VIE
7 h12r1/4 Dominique Canti 21 San Marino SMR
7 h13r1/4 Maloni Bole 19 Fiji FIJ
8 h1 r1/4 Jerry Jeremiah 25 Vanuatu VAN
8 h2 r1/4 Markus Büchel 27 Liechtenstein LIE
8 h3 r1/4 Henrico Atkins 22 Barbados BAR
8 h4 r1/4 Ehab Fuad Ahmed Nagi 20 South Yemen YMD
8 h5 r1/4 Frank Maziya 27 Swaziland SWZ
8 h9 r1/4 Arménio Fernandes 28 Angola ANG
8 h10r1/4 Gilbert Bessi 30 Monaco MON
8 h11r1/4 Secundino Borabota 27 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
8 h12r1/4 Ismail Asif Waheed 20 Maldives MDV
AC h6 r1/4 Pedro Agostinho 23 Portugal POR