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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

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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 28, 1988

Gold: AUS Debbie Flintoff-King
Silver: URS Tatyana Ledovskaya
Bronze: GDR Ellen Fiedler


In 1987 [Sabine Busch] (GDR) had won the World Championships, defeating [Debbie Flintoff-King] (AUS), who placed second. The world record holder and 1986 European Champion was Soviet Marina Stepanova, but she was injured and did not compete in Seoul. In the final, the early leader was East Germany’s [Ellen Fiedler] who led through the first four hurdles. The lead was then taken by [Tatyana Ledovskaya] (USSR). At the halfway mark, Flintoff-King was no better than fifth, but she began closing the gap and caught Ledovskaya only in the last few metres, winning the gold by 1/100th of a second. Fiedler held on for the bronze, edging out Busch.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Debbie Flintoff-King 28 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Tatyana Ledovskaya 22 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Ellen Fiedler 29 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Sabine Busch 25 East Germany GDR
5 Sally Gunnell 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Gudrun Abt 26 West Germany FRG
7 Tatyana Kurochkina 21 Soviet Union URS
8 LaTanya Sheffield 24 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Anita Protti 24 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r2/3 Cristina Pérez 22 Spain ESP
6 h1 r2/3 Susanne Losch 22 East Germany GDR
6 h2 r2/3 Elaine McLaughlin 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Genowefa Błaszak 31 Poland POL
7 h2 r2/3 Schowonda Williams 21 United States USA
8 h1 r2/3 Gretha Tromp 24 Netherlands NED
8 h2 r2/3 Chantal Beaugeant 27 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Rose Tata-Muya 28 Kenya KEN
4 h2 r1/3 Jenny Laurendet 26 Australia AUS
4 h4 r1/3 Irmgard Trojer 24 Italy ITA
4 h5 r1/3 Sally Hamilton-Fleming 23 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/3 Marie Womplou 18 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h2 r1/3 Rosey Edeh 22 Canada CAN
5 h3 r1/3 Maria Usifo 24 Nigeria NGR
5 h4 r1/3 Leslie Maxie 21 United States USA
5 h5 r1/3 Liliana Chalá 33 Ecuador ECU
6 h1 r1/3 Chris Slythe-Wynn 27 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/3 Ruth Kyalisima 32 Uganda UGA
6 h3 r1/3 Helga Halldórsdóttir 25 Iceland ISL
6 h4 r1/3 Barbara Johnson 25 Ireland IRL
6 h5 r1/3 Semra Aksu 26 Turkey TUR
7 h1 r1/3 P. T. Usha 24 India IND
7 h2 r1/3 Nenita Adan 23 Philippines PHI
7 h3 r1/3 Kim Sun-Ja 22 South Korea KOR
7 h4 r1/3 Chang Feng-Hua 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h5 r1/3 Simone Laidlaw 23 Great Britain GBR