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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 17, 1988
Date Finished: September 18, 1988
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: CHN Xu Yanmei
Silver: USA Michele Mitchell
Bronze: USA Wendy Lian Williams


The favorites were the Chinese duo of [Xu Yanmei], 1987 World Cup champion, and [Chen Xiaodan], who had won the McDonald’s Meet in May 1988. Soviet [Yelena Miroshina] was also highly considered, having set the world’s highest platform score of 508.65 when she was only 12-years-old. But Chen and Miroshina were only 14-years-old in Seoul and would finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Coming into the final dive Yu led American [Michele Mitchell], the 1984 silver medalist, by only 0.27 points. Xu did a back 2½ pike with DD of 2.9, scoring four 8s and a 7.5, while Mitchell just missed with a forward 3½ tuck, DD = 2.7, scoring all 7.5s and having to settle for another silver medal, as Xu won the gold.

The bronze medal looked to be Chen’s coming into the final dive. She had a 16.47 lead over Soviet [Anzhela Stasyulevich], with American [Wendy Lian Williams] fifth, over 28 points behind. But Chen went way over on a back 3½ tuck, scoring only 2s and 3s, giving the bronze medal to Williams, who received all 8s on an inward 2½ pike on her final effort. Williams would win another bronze at the 1991 World Championships but never made another Olympic team.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Xu Yanmei 17 China CHN Gold
2 Michele Mitchell 26 United States USA Silver
3 Wendy Lian Williams 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Anzhela Stasyulevich 21 Soviet Union URS
5 Chen Xiaodan 14 China CHN
6 Yelena Miroshina 14 Soviet Union URS
7 Kamilla Gamme 19 Norway NOR
8 Silke Abicht 19 East Germany GDR
9 María José Alcalá 16 Mexico MEX
10 Debbie Fuller 22 Canada CAN
11 Ildikó Kelemen-Kovács 25 Hungary HUN
12 Verónica Ribot 26 Argentina ARG
13 QR Wendy Fuller-Reich 23 Canada CAN
14 QR Julie Kent 23 Australia AUS
15 QR Monika Kühn 21 West Germany FRG
16 QR Yuki Motobuchi 19 Japan JPN
17 QR Masako Asada 17 Japan JPN
18 QR Carolyn Roscoe 22 Great Britain GBR
19 QR Doris Pecher 21 West Germany FRG
20 QR Kim Eun-Hui 15 South Korea KOR