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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 10,000 metres

Athletics at the 1988 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 26, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988

Gold: URS Olga Bondarenko
Silver: GBR Liz McColgan
Bronze: URS Olena Zhupiyeva-V'iazova


Based on her form of 1986-87, Norway's [Ingrid Kristiansen] should have been an easy winner. She had won the 1986 Europeans and the 1987 World Championships. At the Bislett Games in 1985, she broke the 10K world record with 30:59.42 and then at the same meet in 1986, she ran a Beamonesque 30:13.74 to destroy that world record. In that race, run against a field of world-class competitors, she lapped every runner. But in 1988 she was battling a foot injury and she eventually dropped out of the final, after leading the first seven laps. That left a stunned field to battle for the medals. After her withdrawal, the lead was taken by [Liz McColgan] (GBR), [Kathrin Ullrich] (GDR), [Yelena Zhupiyeva] (URS), and [Olga Bondarenko] (URS). Ullrich led at 5K, but McColgan then pushed the pace and Ullrich could not maintain it after 8,000 metres. Zhupiyeva hung on until 9K, but the race then came down to McColgan and Bondarenko. With 200 left, Bondarenko pushed past McColgan and pulled away from her for the gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Olga Bondarenko 28 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Liz McColgan 24 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Olena Zhupiyeva-V'iazova 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Kathrin Ullrich-Weßel 21 East Germany GDR
5 Francie Larrieu-Smith 35 United States USA
6 Lynn Jennings 28 United States USA
7 Wang Xiuting 23 China CHN
8 Sue French-Lee 28 Canada CAN
9 Albertina Machado 26 Portugal POR
10 Albertina Dias 23 Portugal POR
11 Anne Garrett-Audain 32 New Zealand NZL
12 Lyudmila Matveyeva 31 Soviet Union URS
13 Nancy Tinari 29 Canada CAN
14 Rosa Munerotto 25 Italy ITA
15 Lynn Nelson 26 United States USA
16 Carole Rouillard 28 Canada CAN
17 Carolyn Schuwalow 23 Australia AUS
18 Wang Qinghuan 21 China CHN
19 Annette Sergent-Palluy 25 France FRA
AC Ingrid Kristiansen 32 Norway NOR
9 h2 r1/2 Akemi Matsuno 20 Japan JPN
10 h2 r1/2 Christine McMiken 25 New Zealand NZL
11 h2 r1/2 Jane Furniss-Shields 28 Great Britain GBR
12 h2 r1/2 Andri Avraam 25 Cyprus CYP
13 h1 r1/2 Marleen Renders 19 Belgium BEL
13 h2 r1/2 El-Hassania Darami 34 Morocco MAR
14 h1 r1/2 Martine Oppliger-Bouchonneau 30 Switzerland SUI
14 h2 r1/2 Jackie Perkins 23 Australia AUS
15 h1 r1/2 Ana Isabel Alonso 25 Spain ESP
15 h2 r1/2 Lieve Slegers 23 Belgium BEL
16 h1 r1/2 Angela Tooby 27 Great Britain GBR
17 h1 r1/2 Xie Lihua 23 China CHN
18 h1 r1/2 Jeong Mi-Ja 18 South Korea KOR
AC h2 r1/2 Erika Fazekas-Veréb 24 Hungary HUN