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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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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 26, 1988

Gold: GDR Petra Meier-Felke
Silver: GBR Fatima Whitbread
Bronze: GDR Beate Koch


[Fatima Whitbread] (GBR) had won the two biggest meets since the 1984 Olympics – the 1986 Europeans and the 1987 Worlds, and set a world record in winning the 1986 European title. But the best thrower in the world for the past four years had been [Petra Felke] (GDR) who had won 69 of 76 meets in that time, although with three losses coming to Whitbread. Felke had set four world records, culminating with a precise 80 metres (262-5¾) a few weeks before the Seoul Olympics. The competition was expected to be close between the two, and Whitbread led the qualifiers with 68.04 (223-2¾) with Felke second with 67.06 (220-0¼). But Felke settled the gold medal in round one by throwing 72.62 (238-3¼). She bettered that with 74.68 (245-0¼) in the second round but Whitbread could not approach those marks, finishing with 70.32 (230-8½) in the final round to secure second place.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Petra Meier-Felke 29 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Fatima Whitbread 27 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Beate Koch 21 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Iryna Kostiuchenkova 27 Soviet Union URS
5 Silke Renk 21 East Germany GDR
6 Nataliya Yermolovich 24 Soviet Union URS
7 Donna Mayhew 28 United States USA
8 Ingrid Thyssen 32 West Germany FRG
9 Denise Thiémard 28 Switzerland SUI
10 Päivi Alafrantti 24 Finland FIN
11 Antoaneta Todorova-Selenska 25 Bulgaria BUL
12 Zsuzsa Malovecz 26 Hungary HUN
13 QR Tuula Laaksalo 35 Finland FIN
14 QR Beate Peters 28 West Germany FRG
15 QR Tiina Lillak 27 Finland FIN
16 QR Laverne Eve 23 Bahamas BAH
17 QR Li Baolian 25 China CHN
18 QR Trine Solberg-Hattestad 22 Norway NOR
19 QR Anna Verouli 31 Greece GRE
20 QR Karin Smith 33 United States USA
21 QR Tessa Sanderson 32 Great Britain GBR
22 QR Zhou Yuanxiang 24 China CHN
23 QR Emi Matsui 25 Japan JPN
24 QR Lynda Hughes Sutfin 25 United States USA
25 QR Sharon Gibson 26 Great Britain GBR
26 QR Iris Grönfeldt 25 Iceland ISL
27 QR Céline Chartrand 26 Canada CAN
28 QR Yu Chun-Ok 19 South Korea KOR
AC QR Nadine Auzeil-Schoellkopf 24 France FRA