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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 800 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 26, 1988

Gold: GDR Sigrun Wodars-Grau
Silver: GDR Christine Wachtel
Bronze: USA Kim Gallagher


The East German "twins" [Sigrun Wodars] and [Christine Wachtel] were ranked #1 and #2 in the world in 1987, and their career developed almost in parallel. They had been 1-2 at the 1987 World Championships, Wodars winning. But the top runner in 1988 was Cuban [Ana Fidelia Quirot], who could not compete in Seoul because Cuba was one of the few boycotting nations that year. Wodars and Wachtel won their semi-finals and were favored in the final. They took the lead together, with Wodars slightly ahead thru 600 metres. Wachtel then took over, but Wodars passed her in the stretch for the gold medal. America's [Kim Gallagher], silver medalist in 1984, came on strongly for the bronze after looking like she might catch Wachtel.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sigrun Wodars-Grau 22 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Christine Wachtel 23 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Kim Gallagher 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Slobodanka Čolović 23 Yugoslavia YUG
5 Delisa Walton-Floyd 27 United States USA
6 Inna Yevseieva 24 Soviet Union URS
7 Maite Zúñiga 23 Spain ESP
8 Diane Edwards-Modahl 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Kirsty Wade 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Gaby Lesch 24 West Germany FRG
6 h1 r2/3 Soraya Telles 30 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r2/3 Shireen Bailey 28 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Joetta Clark-Diggs 26 United States USA
7 h2 r2/3 Dalia Matusevičienė 25 Soviet Union URS
8 h1 r2/3 Nadiya Olizarenko 34 Soviet Union URS
8 h2 r2/3 Letitia Vriesde 23 Suriname SUR
4 h1 r1/3 Sharon Powell 23 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r1/3 Montserrat Pujol 27 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 Mary Burzminski 27 Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/3 Hassiba Boulmerka 20 Algeria ALG
6 h1 r1/3 Choi Se-Beom 16 South Korea KOR
6 h2 r1/3 Shiny Abraham-Wilson 23 India IND
6 h3 r1/3 Maureen Stewart 22 Costa Rica CRC
6 h4 r1/3 Renée Belanger 26 Canada CAN
7 h1 r1/3 Assumpta Achuo-Bei 20 Cameroon CMR
7 h2 r1/3 Maria Mutola 15 Mozambique MOZ
7 h3 r1/3 Laverne Bryan 23 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
8 h1 r1/3 Christine Bakombo 26 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
8 h2 r1/3 Sheila Seebaluck 23 Mauritius MRI