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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 400 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 26, 1988

Gold: URS Olha Bryzhina
Silver: GDR Petra Müller
Bronze: URS Olga Nazarova


The greatest 400 runner ever, [Marita Koch], had retired and the favorites role fell to Soviet [Olga Bryzgina], who had won the 1987 World Championship. The defending champion was back, now as [Valerie Brisco]. Also present was the runner-up at the 1987 Worlds, Petra Müller of the GDR. Brisco led the final for the first 200 metres, but by 300 Bryzgina had nearly closed the gap. Bryzgina pulled ahead on the final turn and won going away, by 8/10ths of a second. Müller had the strongest finish of the other runners and got up for second, with Brisco nipped for the bronze medal by Soviet [Olga Nazarova].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Olha Bryzhina 25 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Petra Müller 23 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Olga Nazarova 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Valerie Brisco-Hooks 28 United States USA
5 Diane Dixon 23 United States USA
6 Denean Howard-Hill 23 United States USA
7 Helga Arendt 24 West Germany FRG
8 Maree Holland 25 Australia AUS
5 h1 r3/4 Jill Richardson-Briscoe 23 Canada CAN
5 h2 r3/4 Kirsten Emmelmann 27 East Germany GDR
6 h1 r3/4 Ute Thimm 30 West Germany FRG
6 h2 r3/4 Cathy Rattray-Williams 25 Jamaica JAM
7 h1 r3/4 Marita Payne Wiggins 27 Canada CAN
7 h2 r3/4 Charmaine Crooks 26 Canada CAN
8 h1 r3/4 Dagmar Neubauer 26 East Germany GDR
8 h2 r3/4 Norfalia Carabalí 24 Colombia COL
5 h1 r2/4 Maria Magnólia Figueiredo 24 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r2/4 Sandie Richards 19 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r2/4 Linda Keough 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r2/4 Céléstine N'Drin 25 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h1 r2/4 Airat Bakare 21 Nigeria NGR
6 h2 r2/4 Évelyne Élien 24 France FRA
6 h3 r2/4 Yvonne van Dorp 22 Netherlands NED
6 h4 r2/4 Aïssatou Tandian 22 Senegal SEN
7 h1 r2/4 Loreen Hall 20 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/4 Sun Sumei 19 China CHN
7 h3 r2/4 Liliana Chalá 33 Ecuador ECU
7 h4 r2/4 Fabienne Ficher 22 France FRA
8 h2 r2/4 Yolande Straughn 20 Barbados BAR
8 h3 r2/4 Mercy Kuttan-Mathews 27 India IND
8 h4 r2/4 Blanca Lacambra 23 Spain ESP
5 h1 r1/4 Pat Beckford 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/4 Farida Kyakutewa 26 Uganda UGA
5 h4 r1/4 Marilyn Dewarder 28 Guyana GUY
5 h5 r1/4 Assumpta Achuo-Bei 20 Cameroon CMR
5 h7 r1/4 Nathalie Simon 26 France FRA
6 h1 r1/4 Yang Gyeong-Hui 17 South Korea KOR
6 h2 r1/4 Christine Bakombo 26 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
6 h4 r1/4 May Sardouk 25 Lebanon LIB
6 h5 r1/4 Josephine Mary Singarayar 21 Malaysia MAS
6 h6 r1/4 Ruth Morris 25 United States Virgin Islands ISV
6 h7 r1/4 Chang Feng-Hua 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h1 r1/4 Juliana Obiong 22 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
7 h5 r1/4 Lasnet Nkouka 18 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
7 h6 r1/4 Barbara Selkridge 17 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h7 r1/4 Agnes Griffith 19 Grenada GRN