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Hockey at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Hockey

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Seongnam Stadium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification round matches.

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: FRG West Germany
Bronze: NED Netherlands


In 1984, the British hockey players had won their first medal since 1948, even though they had been called in as a last-minute substitute. They proved their bronze prize was not a fluke by performing consistently in the subsequent annual Champions Trophy tournaments. At the 1986 World Championships, held in London, they even made it to the final, in which they were beaten by Australia. That tournament proved to be a disaster for Pakistan and India, finishing last and next-to-last. The two formerly dominant hockey nations improved at the Seoul Games, but not enough to reach the semis.

Britain did, and took revenge on Australia for the defeat two years earlier, helped by a hat-trick by [Sean Kerly]. For the final, the odds were stacked against them. They had not beaten their West German opponents in 30 years, and had in fact lost to them in the elimination round. Neglecting history, [Imran Sherwani] and Kerly put their team ahead 3-0 before the Germans could get a consolation goal. Not worried by this, the British even found time to let all substitutes play so they would also receive a gold medal, the UK's first hockey gold in 68 years.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Pakistan PAK
6 India IND
7 Soviet Union URS
8 Argentina ARG
9 Spain ESP
10 South Korea KOR
11 Canada CAN
12 Kenya KEN