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Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 29, 1988

Gold: GDR Martina Hellmann
Silver: GDR Diana Gansky
Bronze: BUL Tsvetanka Khristova


[Martina Hellmann-Opitz] had won the 1983 and 1987 World Championships, but the favorite was world record holder [Gabriele Reinsch] (GDR). Reinsch was never a factor, placing seventh. Hellmann took the lead early with 71.84 (235-8½) in round one and was never overtaken. She improved to 72.30 (237-2½) in the fourth round, which she needed for the gold, when her teammate Diana Gansky, 1986 European Champion, threw 71.88 (235-10) in round five.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Martina Hellmann 27 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Diana Gansky 24 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Tsvetanka Khristova 26 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Svetla Mitkova 24 Bulgaria BUL
5 Ellina Zvereva 27 Soviet Union URS
6 Zdeňka Bartoňová-Šilhavá 34 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 Gabi Reinsch 24 East Germany GDR
8 Hou Xuemei 26 China CHN
9 Yu Hourun 24 China CHN
10 Larysa Mykhalchenko 25 Soviet Union URS
11 Carol Cady 26 United States USA
AC r2/2 Galina Murašova 32 Soviet Union URS
13 QR Renata Katewicz 23 Poland POL
14 QR Xing Ailan 23 China CHN
15 QR Ramona Pagel 26 United States USA
16 QR Connie Price-Smith 26 United States USA
17 QR María Isabel Urrutia 23 Colombia COL
18 QR Jackie McKernan 23 Great Britain GBR
19 QR Grace Apiafi 29 Nigeria NGR
20 QR Kim Chun-Hui 25 South Korea KOR
21 QR Siololovau Ikavuka 20 Tonga TGA
AC QR Jeanne-Nicole Ngo Minyemeck 19 Cameroon CMR