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Handball at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Events: 2

Participants: 281 (170 men and 111 women) from 15 countries
Youngest Participant: CIV Koko Elleingand (16 years, 272 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Zinaïda Turchyna (42 years, 128 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 83 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union and KOR South Korea (2 medals)


With the boycotts of 1980 and 1984 in the past, all the best nations could again make an appearance at the Olympics. A major surprise was the host nation, South Korea. Already a medallist at the devalued 1984 women's tournament, they claimed gold, while taking silver in the men's game.

The women's field had been expanded from six to eight teams, meaning the single round-robin system was discontinued in favor of round-robin pools, with the four best teams advancing to a final pool.