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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 25, 1988
Date Finished: September 26, 1988

Gold: USA Carl Lewis
Silver: USA Mike Powell
Bronze: USA Larry Myricks


The 1988 US Olympic Trials featured the greatest long jump dual ever to that date. [Carl Lewis] and [Larry Myricks] finished 1-2 with the two longest non-Beamon marks ever – 8.76 (28-9) and 8.74 (28-8¼). The Seoul long jump was eagerly awaited, and the third American, [Mike Powell], was also considered a challenger. Lewis opened with 8.41 (27-7¼) in the final. He jumped last in the order, although he had been drawn for first. But the long jump final began within an hour of his 200 round and he petitioned to jump last, which was granted. In rounds two and three, he improved with 8.56 (28-1) and 8.52 (27-11½), the second round 8.56 (28-1) wind-aided. Those were good enough for the gold medal. But getting ready for the fourth round, a new official told Lewis he now had to jump first, not last. He argued that he should be given extra time to recover from his third-round jump, but was rebuffed. A long jump clock malfunction gave him some extra time and he responded with 8.72 (28-7½), winning the event easily with a dominant series. Powell won silver and Myricks bronze as the Americans swept the medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carl Lewis 27 United States USA Gold
2 Mike Powell 24 United States USA Silver
3 Larry Myricks 32 United States USA Bronze
4 Giovanni Evangelisti 27 Italy ITA
5 Antonio Corgos 28 Spain ESP
6 László Szalma 30 Hungary HUN
7 Norbert Brige 24 France FRA
8 Leonid Voloshin 22 Soviet Union URS
9 Pang Yan 25 China CHN
10 Jarmo Kärnä 30 Finland FIN
11 Emiel Mellaard 22 Netherlands NED
12 Mark Forsythe 23 Great Britain GBR
13 QR Stewart Faulkner 19 Great Britain GBR
14 QR Yusuf Alli 28 Nigeria NGR
15 QR Bruny Surin 21 Canada CAN
16 QR Kim Jong-Il 26 South Korea KOR
17 QR James Browne 22 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
18 QR Chen Zunrong 25 China CHN
19 QR Frédéric Ebong-Salle 24 Cameroon CMR
20 QR Dave Culbert 21 Australia AUS
21 QR Andreas Steiner 24 Austria AUT
22 QR Glenroy Gilbert 20 Canada CAN
23 QR John King 25 Great Britain GBR
24 QR Steve Hanna 30 Bahamas BAH
25 QR Ian James 25 Canada CAN
26 QR Hiroyuki Shibata 25 Japan JPN
27 QR Nai Hui-Fang 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
28 QR Teddy Steinmayr 24 Austria AUT
29 QR Lotfi Khaïda 19 Algeria ALG
30 QR Muhammad Urfaq Pakistan PAK
31 QR José Leitão 23 Portugal POR
32 QR Ricardo Valiente 20 Peru PER
33 QR Francis Keita 18 Sierra Leone SLE
AC QR Shahanuddin Choudhury 21 Bangladesh BAN
AC QR Junichi Usui 30 Japan JPN
AC QR David Lamai 24 Kenya KEN
AC QR Rey Quiñones 30 Puerto Rico PUR
AC QR Abdullah Mohamed Al-Sheib 23 Qatar QAT
AC QR Sizwe Sydney Mdluli 19 Swaziland SWZ
AC QR Robert Emmiyan 23 Soviet Union URS
AC QR Orde Ballantyne 26 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN