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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988

Gold: USA Florence Griffith Joyner
Silver: USA Evelyn Ashford
Bronze: GDR Heike Drechsler


In the quarter-finals of the US Olympic Trials there appeared to be a problem with the timing in the quarter-finals. [Florence Griffith Joyner] won the race by over four metres but the time seemed unusual – 10.49. The world record at the time was 10.76 and 100 metre world records were simply not broken by over ¼-seconds. The wind reading was 0.0, however, and the mark would be ratified as a world record. However, track statisticians still consider that the wind reading was incorrect and that it was likely a wind-aided mark. But that mattered little. In the semi-final, FloJo ran 10.70, bettering the previous world record and she surpassed that in the final with 10.61. These were all legal marks so the only consideration was which world record would count.

FloJo was the athletics star of the Seoul Olympics. A tall, lithe beauty, she had previously been a better 200 runner. But in 1988, she won gold medals in the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay, and ran a great anchor in the 4x400, helping the US to a silver medal in that race. Her 100 victory was easy, winning in a windy 10.54 over the defending champion [Evelyn Ashford] by three metres. In the eight rounds of the Olympic Games and Olympic Trials, she ran seven times faster than the previous world record, although three of them were wind-aided. As of 2008, her world record of 10.49 has still not been approached.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Florence Griffith Joyner 28 United States USA Gold
2 Evelyn Ashford 31 United States USA Silver
3 Heike Drechsler 23 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Grace Jackson-Small 27 Jamaica JAM
5 Gwen Torrence 23 United States USA
6 Nataliya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova 23 Soviet Union URS
7 Juliet Cuthbert 24 Jamaica JAM
8 Aneliya Vechernikova-Nuneva 26 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r3/4 Silke Möller 24 East Germany GDR
5 h2 r3/4 Ulrike Sarvari 24 West Germany FRG
6 h1 r3/4 Marlies Oelsner-Göhr 30 East Germany GDR
6 h2 r3/4 Pauline Davis-Thompson 22 Bahamas BAH
7 h1 r3/4 Lyudmila Kondratyeva 30 Soviet Union URS
7 h2 r3/4 Nelli Fiere-Cooman 24 Netherlands NED
8 h1 r3/4 Marina Zhirova 25 Soviet Union URS
2 h1 r2/4 Merlene Ottey-Page 28 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r2/4 Angela Bailey 26 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/4 Angella Taylor-Issajenko 29 Canada CAN
5 h3 r2/4 Simone Jacobs 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r2/4 Paula Dunn 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/4 Els Vader 28 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r2/4 Joanna Smolarek 22 Poland POL
6 h3 r2/4 Laurence Bily 25 France FRA
6 h4 r2/4 Kerry Johnson 24 Australia AUS
7 h1 r2/4 Tian Yumei 22 China CHN
7 h2 r2/4 Angela Williams 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 h3 r2/4 Andrea Thomas 25 West Germany FRG
7 h4 r2/4 Sabine Richter 22 West Germany FRG
8 h1 r2/4 Françoise Leroux 26 France FRA
8 h2 r2/4 Amparo Caicedo 23 Colombia COL
8 h3 r2/4 Dinah Yankey 21 Ghana GHA
8 h4 r2/4 Julie Rocheleau-Baumann 24 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/4 Jolanta Janota 24 Poland POL
4 h7 r1/4 Patricia Girard-Léno 20 France FRA
5 h1 r1/4 Voula Patoulidou 23 Greece GRE
5 h2 r1/4 Sandy Myers 27 Spain ESP
5 h3 r1/4 Marisa Masullo 29 Italy ITA
5 h6 r1/4 Liu Shaomei 24 China CHN
5 h7 r1/4 Zhang Caihua 23 China CHN
5 h8 r1/4 Rossella Tarolo 23 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/4 Melvina Vulah 22 Liberia LBR
6 h2 r1/4 Méryem Oumezdi 20 Morocco MAR
6 h3 r1/4 Ewa Pisiewicz 26 Poland POL
6 h4 r1/4 Lydia de Vega 23 Philippines PHI
6 h5 r1/4 Gaily Dube 19 Zimbabwe ZIM
6 h6 r1/4 Lee Yeong-Suk 22 South Korea KOR
6 h7 r1/4 Gisèle Ongollo 22 Gabon GAB
6 h8 r1/4 Helen Miles 21 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/4 Félicite Bada 26 Benin BEN
7 h2 r1/4 Yvette Bonapart 23 Suriname SUR
7 h3 r1/4 Ng Ka Yee 22 Hong Kong HKG
7 h4 r1/4 Guilhermina da Cruz 18 Angola ANG
7 h5 r1/4 Claudia Acerenza 22 Uruguay URU
7 h6 r1/4 Joyce Odhiambo 25 Kenya KEN
7 h7 r1/4 Chen Ya-Li 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h8 r1/4 Olivette Daruhi 20 Vanuatu VAN
8 h1 r1/4 Farida Kyakutewa 26 Uganda UGA
8 h2 r1/4 Aminata Diarra 18 Mali MLI
8 h3 r1/4 Jabou Jawo 26 Gambia GAM
8 h4 r1/4 Erin Tierney 18 Cook Islands COK
8 h5 r1/4 Judith Diankoléla-Missengué 20 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
8 h6 r1/4 Mariama Ouiminga 18 Burkina Faso BUR
8 h7 r1/4 Evelyn Farrell 28 Aruba ARU
8 h8 r1/4 Mala Sakonhninhom 23 Laos LAO