1988 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1988 in athletics (track and field).

International Events[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
Marathon  Belayneh Dinsamo (ETH) 2:06:50 April 17 Rotterdam, Netherlands
High Jump  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.43m September 8 Salamanca, Spain
Shot Put  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 23.06m May 22 Chania, Greece


  • What about Butch Reynolds' world record for the 400 metres? 43.29 seconds on 17th August 1988 at Zurich?


Women[edit]

EVENT ATHLETE MARK DATE VENUE
100 metres  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 10.49 July 16 Indianapolis, USA
200 metres  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 21.34 September 29 Seoul, South Korea
4x400m Relay  Soviet Union (URS)
Tatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
3:15.17 October 1 Seoul, South Korea
Heptathlon  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7215 July 16 Indianapolis, USA
 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7291 September 24 Seoul, South Korea

Men's Best Year Performers[edit]

100 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 100 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 9.92
2.  Linford Christie (GBR) 9.97
 Calvin Smith (USA) 9.97
4.  Joe DeLoach (USA) 10.03
 Dennis Mitchell (USA) 10.03

200 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 200 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Joe DeLoach (USA) 19.75
2.  Carl Lewis (USA) 19.79
3.  Lorenzo Daniel (USA) 19.87
4.  Robson da Silva (BRA) 20.04
5.  Roy Martin (USA) 20.05
 Albert Robinson (USA) 20.05

400 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 400 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Butch Reynolds (USA) 43.29
2.  Steve Lewis (USA) 43.87
3.  Danny Everett (USA) 43.98
4.  Roberto Hernández (CUB) 44.22
5.  Darren Clark (AUS) 44.38

800 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 800 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Johnny Gray (USA) 1:42.65
2.  José Luiz Barbosa (BRA) 1:43.20
3.  Steve Cram (GBR) 1:43.42
4.  Paul Ereng (KEN) 1:43.45
5.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 1:43.86

1,500 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 1,500 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:30.95
2.  Jim Spivey (USA) 3:31.01
3.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:32.69
4.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:32.94
5.  Jens-Peter Herold (GDR) 3:33.33

Mile[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Steve Cram (GBR) 3:48.85
2.  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:49.20
3.  Jens-Peter Herold (GDR) 3:49.22
4.  Abdi Bile (SOM) 3:49.40
5.  Steve Scott (USA) 3:50.09

3,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Sydney Maree (USA) 7:38.79
2.  Brahim Boutayeb (MAR) 7:43.22
3.  Pierre Délèze (SUI) 7:43.46
4.  Paul Arpin (FRA) 7:43.58
5.  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 7:43.65

5,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 5,000 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  John Ngugi (KEN) 13:11.70
2.  Dieter Baumann (FRG) 13:15.52
3.  José Regalo (POR) 13:15.62
4.  Hansjörg Kunze (GDR) 13:15.73
5.  Sydney Maree (USA) 13:15.85

10,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 10,000 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Brahim Boutayeb (MAR) 27:21.46
2.  Eamonn Martin (GBR) 27:23.06
3.  Salvatore Antibo (ITA) 27:23.55
4.  Arturo Barrios (MEX) 27:25.07
5.  Kipkemboi Kimeli (KEN) 27:25.16

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  John Treacy (IRL) 1:01:00

Marathon[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic Marathon
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Belayneh Dinsamo (ETH) 2:06:50
2.  Hussein Ahmed Salah (DJI) 2:07:07
3.  Abebe Mekonnen (ETH) 2:07:35
4.  Hiromi Taniguchi (JPN) 2:07:40
5.  Stephen Jones (WAL) 2:08:20

Race Walking[edit]

110m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 110m Hurdles
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Roger Kingdom (USA) 12.97
2.  Colin Jackson (GBR) 13.11
3.  Mark McKoy (CAN) 13.17
 Tonie Campbell (USA) 13.17
5.  Aleksandr Markin (URS) 13.20

400m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 400m Hurdles
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Andre Phillips (USA) 47.19
2.  Amadou Dia Bâ (SEN) 47.23
3.  Edwin Moses (USA) 47.37
4.  Kevin Young (USA) 47.72
5.  Danny Harris (USA) 47.74

3,000m Steeplechase[edit]

Main race this year: Men's Olympic 3,000m Steeplechase
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Julius Kariuki (KEN) 8:05.51
2.  Peter Koech (KEN) 8:06.79
3.  Mark Rowland (GBR) 8:07.96
4.  Patrick Sang (KEN) 8:12.00
5.  Alessandro Lambruschini (ITA) 8:12.17

High Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic High Jump
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.43
2.  Sergey Malchenko (URS) 2.38
 Hennadiy Avdyeyenko (URS) 2.38
4.  Tom McCants (USA) 2.37
 Jerome Carter (USA) 2.37
 Sorin Matei (ROU) 2.37
 Patrik Sjöberg (SWE) 2.37

Long Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic Long Jump
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.76
2.  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.74
3.  Mike Powell (USA) 8.49
4.  Leonid Voloshin (URS) 8.46
5.  Eric Metcalf (USA) 8.44

Triple Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic Triple Jump
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Khristo Markov (BUL) 17.77
2.  Igor Lapshin (URS) 17.69
3.  Oleg Protsenko (URS) 17.68
4.  Mike Conley (USA) 17.59
5.  Māris Bružiks (URS) 17.56

Discus[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic Discus Throw
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 70.46
2.  Yuriy Dumchev (URS) 70.30
3.  Romas Ubartas (URS) 70.06
4.  Mike Buncic (USA) 68.92
5.  Vladimir Zinchenko (URS) 68.88

Shot Put[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic Shot Put
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 23.06
2.  Werner Günthör (SUI) 22.75
3.  Randy Barnes (USA) 22.42
4.  Udo Beyer (GDR) 22.10
5.  Sergey Smirnov (URS) 21.88

Hammer[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Yuriy Syedikh (URS) 85.14
2.  Sergey Litvinov (URS) 84.80
3.  Jüri Tamm (URS) 84.16
4.  Igor Nikulin (URS) 83.78
5.  Igor Astapkovich (URS) 83.44

Javelin (new design)[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic Javelin Throw
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Jan Železný (TCH) 86.88
2.  Tapio Korjus (FIN) 86.50
3.  Klaus Tafelmeier (FRG) 85.96
4.  Einar Vilhjálmsson (ISL) 84.66
5.  Silvio Warsönke (GDR) 84.14

Pole Vault[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic Pole Vault
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Sergey Bubka (URS) 6.06
2.  Rodion Gataullin (URS) 5.95
3.  Miroslaw Chmara (POL) 5.90
4.  Kory Tarpenning (USA) 5.89
5.  Earl Bell (USA) 5.87

Decathlon[edit]

Main competition this year: Men's Olympic Decathlon
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Christian Plaziat (FRA) 8512
2.  Valter Külvet (EST) 8506
3.  Christian Schenk (GDR) 8488
4.  Robert de Wit (NED) 8447
5.  Alexander Apaychev (UKR) 8424

Women's Best Year Performers[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 100 metres

100 metres[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 10.49
2.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 10.81
3.  Sheila Echols (USA) 10.83
4.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 10.85
5.  Diane Williams (USA) 10.86

200 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 200 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 21.34
2.  Grace Jackson (JAM) 21.72
3.  Heike Drechsler (GDR) 21.84
4.  Pam Marshall (USA) 21.93
5.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 21.99

400 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 400 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Olga Bryzgina (URS) 48.65
2.  Olga Nazarova (URS) 49.11
3.  Petra Schersing (GDR) 49.30
4.  Aelita Yurchenko (URS) 49.47
5.  Grace Jackson (JAM) 49.57

800 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 800 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Inna Yevseyeva (URS) 1:56.0
 Nadezhda Olizarenko (URS) 1:56.0
3.  Sigrun Wodars (GDR) 1:56.10
4.  Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) 1:56.36
5.  Paula Ivan (ROU) 1:56.42

1,500 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 1,500 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Paula Ivan (ROU) 3:53.96
2.  Mary Slaney (USA) 3:58.92
3.  Laima Baikauskaite (URS) 4:00.24
4.  Tatyana Dorovskikh (URS) 4:00.30
5.  Regina Jacobs (USA) 4:00.46

Mile[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Mary Slaney (USA) 4:21.25
2.  Paula Ivan (ROU) 4:25.80

3,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 3,000 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Tatyana Dorovskikh (URS) 8:26.53
2.  Paula Ivan (ROU) 8:27.15
3.  Yvonne Murray (GBR) 8:29.02
4.  Yelena Romanova (URS) 8:30.45
5.  Natalya Artyomova (URS) 8:31.67

5,000 metres[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Elizabeth McColgan (GBR) 15:03.29
2.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 15:10.89
3.  Olga Bondarenko (URS) 15:11.16
4.  Lynn Jennings (USA) 15:11.83
5.  Lynn Nelson (USA) 15:12.7

10,000 metres[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 10,000 metres
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Olga Bondarenko (URS) 31:05.21
2.  Elizabeth McColgan (GBR) 31:06.99
3.  Yelena Vyazova (URS) 31:19.82
4.  Kathrin Weßel (GDR) 31:26.79
5.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 31:31.37

Half Marathon[edit]

RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Grete Waitz (NOR) 1:08:49

Marathon[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic Marathon
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Lisa Ondieki (AUS) 2:23:51
2.  Rosa Mota (POR) 2:24:30
3.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:25:41
4.  Katrin Dörre (GDR) 2:26:21
5.  Tatyana Polovinskaya (URS) 2:27:05

Race Walking[edit]

100m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 100m Hurdles
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Yordanka Donkova (BUL) 12.21
2.  Ginka Zagorcheva (BUL) 12.48
 Gloria Siebert (GDR) 12.48
 Nataliya Grygoryeva (URS) 12.48
5.  Cornelia Oschkenat (GDR) 12.52

400m Hurdles[edit]

Main race this year: Women's Olympic 400m Hurdles
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS TIME
1.  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.17
2.  Tatyana Ledovskaya (URS) 53.18
3.  Ellen Fiedler (GDR) 53.63
4.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 53.69
5.  Sally Gunnell (GBR) 54.03

High Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: Women's Olympic High Jump
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS HEIGHT
1.  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.07 m
2.  Louise Ritter (USA) 2.03 m
3.  Silvia Costa (CUB) 2.02 m
4.  Olga Turchak (URS) 2.00 m
 Larisa Kositsyna (URS) 2.00 m
 Alina Astafei (ROU) 2.00 m

Long Jump[edit]

Main competition this year: Women's Olympic Long Jump
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Galina Chistyakova (URS) 7.52 m
2.  Heike Drechsler (GDR) 7.48 m
3.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.40 m
4.  Yelena Belevskaya (URS) 7.36 m
5.  Yelena Khlopotnova (URS) 7.29 m

Shot Put[edit]

Main competition this year: Women's Olympic Shot Put
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) 22.55 m
2.  Li Meisu (CHN) 21.76 m
3.  Natalya Akhrimenko (URS) 21.73 m
4.  Huang Zhihong (CHN) 21.28 m
5.  Heike Hartwig (GDR) 21.27 m

Javelin (old design)[edit]

Main competition this year: Women's Olympic Javelin Throw
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS DISTANCE
1.  Petra Meier (GDR) 80.00
2.  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 73.30
3.  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 71.70
4.  Silke Renk (GDR) 71.00
5.  Ivonne Leal (CUB) 70.48

Heptathlon[edit]

Main competition this year: Women's Olympic Heptathlon
RANK 1988 WORLD BEST PERFORMERS POINTS
1.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7291
2.  Sabine John (GDR) 6897
3.  Anke Behmer (GDR) 6858
4.  Chantal Beaugeant (FRA) 6702
5.  Ines Krause (GDR) 6660

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • July 8 — Ray Barbuti (83), American athlete (b. 1905)

References[edit]