MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES - 1988 Seoul Olympiad

The Games of the XXIV Olympiad were held in Seoul, opened officialy by President Roh Tae-Woo and a record 159 nations took part. In the Opening Ceremony, the torch was brought into the stadium by 76-year-old Sohn Kee-chung, the winner of the 1936 marathon. The Canadoan sprinter Ben Johnson set a new world record in the 100 m, but was disqualified from the atletic organizations because was found positive on drug test. Florence Griffith-Joynerdominated the sprints and won 3 gold and 1 silver medals, Christa Luding-Rothenburger earned a silver medal in cycling becoming the only athelete in history to win Winter and Summer

medals in the same year, Steffi Graf won the gold medal in tennis and Greg Louganis earned Olympic titles in both diving events. The American swimmer Matt Biondi won seven medals, including five gold, becoming the main Seoul Olympic highlight.


Opening date:
17th September 1988

Closing date:
2nd October 1988

Nations: 159
Sports: 25
Events: 237
Athletes: 8 391
Men: 6 197
2 194
Volunteers: 27 221
Media: 11 331

Candidate cities: Nagoya