United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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United States at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United States
IOC code  USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
Website www.teamusa.org
At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul
Competitors 527 (332 men and 195 women) in 27 sports
Flag bearer Evelyn Ashford
Medals
Rank: 3
Gold
36
Silver
31
Bronze
27
Total
94
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

The United States competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. 527 competitors, 332 men and 195 women, took part in 230 events in 27 sports.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Gold medal.svg Gold[edit]

Silver medal.svg Silver[edit]

Bronze medal.svg Bronze[edit]


Archery[edit]

The United States continued to be a strong contender in archery, though it found that Korea had taken the top spot in the sport. Jay Barrs was the only non-Korean to win a gold medal for archery in Seoul. Two-time gold medallist Darrell Pace and 1984 silver medallist Richard McKinney joined Barrs in winning the team silver, while the women's team added a bronze medal despite not having any of the individual archers advance to the final.

Women's Individual Competition:

Men's Individual Competition:

Women's Team Competition:

  • Skillman, Parker, and Ochs — Final (→ Bronze Bronze Medal)

Men's Team Competition:

  • Barrs, McKinney, and Pace — Final (→ Silver Silver Medal)

Athletics[edit]

Men's Competition[edit]

Men's 100 metres

  • Heat — 10.14s
  • Semi Final — 9.97s
  • Final — 9.92s (→ Med 1.png Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 10.28
  • Semi Final — 10.15s
  • Final — 9.99s (→ Med 3.png Bronze Medal)
  • Heat — 10.37
  • Semi Final — 10.23s
  • Final — 10.04s (→ 4th place)

Men's 200 metres

  • Heat — 20.56s
  • Semi Final — 20.06s
  • Final — 19.75s (→ Med 1.png Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 20.57s
  • Semi Final — 20.23s
  • Final — 19.79s (→ Med 2.png Silver Medal)
  • Heat — 20.54s
  • Semi Final — 20.62s (→ did not advance)

Men's 400 metres

  • Heat — 44.41s
  • Semi Final — 44.35s
  • Final — 43.87s (→ Med 1.png Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 44.46s
  • Semi Final — 44.33s
  • Final — 43.93s (→ Med 2.png Silver Medal)
  • Heat — 44.83s
  • Semi Final — 44.36s
  • Final — 44.09s (→ Med 3.png Bronze Medal)

Men's 800 metres

  • Heat — 1:48.83
  • Semi Final — 1:45.04
  • Final — 1:44.80 (→ 5th place)
  • Heat — 1:49.86 (→ did not advance)

Men's 1500 metres

  • Heat — 3:41.57
  • Semi Final — 3:38.20
  • Final — 3:36.99 (→ 5th place)
  • Heat — 3:38.33
  • Semi Final — 3:39.12
  • Final — 3:40.80 (→ 10th place)
  • Heat — 3:41.91
  • Semi Final — 3:48.03 (→ did not advance)

Men's 5.000 metres

  • Heat — 13:47.85
  • Semi Final — 13:22.61
  • Final — 13:23.69 (→ 5th place)
  • Heat — 13:58.45
  • Semi Final — 13:37.11 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 14:37.98
  • Semi Final — 14:04.12 (→ did not advance)

Men's 10.000 metres

  • First Round — 28:16.16
  • Final — 29:09.74 (→ 18th place)
  • First Round — 28:45.04 (→ did not advance)
  • First Round — did not finish (→ no ranking)

Men's 4x100m Relay

  • Heat — DSQ (→ did not advance)

Men's 4x400m Relay

  • Heat — 3:02.16
  • Semi Final — 3:02.84
  • Final — 2:56.16 (→ Gold Gold Medal)

Men's Marathon

  • Final — 2"14:44 (→ 14th place)
  • Final — 2"19:09 (→ 29th place)

Men's 3.000m Steeplechase

  • Heat — 8:33.89
  • Semi Final — 8:18.94
  • Final — 8:14.39 (→ 6th place)
  • Heat — 8:38.40
  • Semi Final — 8:23.89 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 8:36.56
  • Semi Final — 8:27.78 (→ did not advance)

Men's High Jump

  • Qualification — 2.28m
  • Final — 2.36m (→ Silver Silver Medal)
  • Qualification — 2.25m
  • Final — 2.31m (→ 10th place)
  • Qualification — 2.25m
  • Final — 2.31m (→ 11th place)

Men's Long Jump

  • Qualification — 8.08m
  • Final — 8.73m (→ Gold Gold Medal)
  • Qualification — 8.34m
  • Final — 8.49m (→ Silver Silver Medal)
  • Qualification — 8.19m
  • Final — 8.27m (→ Bronze Bronze Medal)

Men's Hammer Throw

  • Qualifying Heat — 73.66m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualifying Heat — 72.70m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualifying Heat — 72.64m (→ did not advance)

Men's Shot Put

  • Qualifying Heat — 20.83m
  • Final — 22.39m (→ Med 2.png Silver Medal)
  • Qualifying Heat — 19.71m
  • Final — 20.16m (→ 9th place)
  • Qualifying Heat — 19.73m
  • Final — 19.27 (→ 11th place)

Men's Discus Throw

  • Qualifying Heat — 62.48m
  • Final — 65.90m (→ 5th place)
  • Qualifying Heat — 63.16m
  • Final — 62.46m (→ 10th place)
  • Qualifying Heat — 59.08m (→ did not advance)

Men's Javelin Throw

  • Qualification — 77.48m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification — 72.72m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification — 78.42m (→ did not advance)

Men's Decathlon

  • 100 metres — 11.18s
  • Long Jump — 7.05m
  • Shot Put — 14.12m
  • High Jump — 2.06m
  • 400 metres — 49.34s
  • 110m Hurdles — 14.39s
  • Discus Throw — 41.68m
  • Pole Vault — 5.70m
  • Javelin Throw — 61.60m
  • 1.500 metres — 4:51.20s
  • 100 metres — 11.15s
  • Long Jump — 7.12m
  • Shot Put — 14.52m
  • High Jump — 2.03m
  • 400 metres — 49.15s
  • 110m Hurdles — 14.66s
  • Discus Throw — 42.36m
  • Pole Vault — 4.90m
  • Javelin Throw — 66.46m
  • 1.500 metres — 4:29.62s

Men's 50 km Walk

  • Final — 3'56:55 (→ 22nd place)
  • Final — 3'57:44 (→ 23rd place)
  • Final — 4'12:49 (→ 34th place)

Women's Competition[edit]

Women's 4x400m Relay

  • Heat — 3:25.86
  • Final — 3:15.51 (→ Silver Silver Medal)

Women's Marathon

  • Final — 2:33:42 (→ 17th place)
  • Final — 2:40:59 (→ 39th place)
  • Final — 2:41:04 (→ 40th place)

Women's Discus Throw

  • Qualification — 62.72m
  • Final — 63.42m (→ 11th place)
  • Qualification — 57.50m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification — 57.04m (→ did not advance)

Women's Javelin Throw

  • Qualification — 63.24m
  • Final — 61.78m (→ 7th place)
  • Qualification — 56.12m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification — 57.94m (→ did not advance)

Women's Shot Put

  • Qualification — 19.45m
  • Final — 17.60m (→ 12th place)
  • Qualification — 17.09m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification — 18.55m (→ did not advance)

Women's Heptathlon

  • Final Result — 7291 points (→ Med 1.png Gold Medal)
  • Final Result — 6297 points (→ 8th place)
  • Final Result — 5972 points (→ 18th place)

Basketball[edit]

Men's Team Competition[edit]

  • Preliminary Round (Group B)
  • Defeated Spain (97-53)
  • Defeated Canada (102-70)
  • Defeated Brazil (102-87)
  • Defeated China (108-57)
  • Defeated Egypt (102-35)
  • Quarterfinals
  • Defeated Puerto Rico (94-57)
  • Semifinals
  • Lost to Soviet Union (76-82)
  • Final
  • Defeated Australia (78-49) → Med 3.pngBronze Medal
  • Team Roster

Boxing[edit]

Light Flyweight (— 48 kg)

Flyweight (— 51 kg)

Bantamweight (— 54 kg)

Featherweight (— 57 kg)

Lightweight (— 60 kg)

Light Welterweight (— 63.5 kg)

Welterweight (— 67 kg)

Light Middleweight (— 71 kg)

Middleweight (— 75 kg)

  • First Round — Bye
  • Second Round — Lost to Ha Jong-Ho (KOR), walk-over

Light Heavyweight (— 81 kg)

Heavyweight (— 91 kg)

Super Heavyweight (+ 91 kg)

Canoeing[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Women's Individual Road Race

Diving[edit]

Equestrianism[edit]

Fencing[edit]

19 fencers, 14 men and 5 women, represented the United States in 1988.

Men's foil
Men's team foil
Men's épée
Men's team épée
Men's sabre
Men's team sabre
Women's foil
Women's team foil

Football[edit]

  • Preliminary Round (Group C)

Failed to qualify for second round.

  • Team Roster

Gymnastics[edit]

Handball[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Women's Team Competition[edit]

The US women's field hockey team competed for the second time at the Summer Olympics.

  • Preliminary Round (Group A)
  • Classification Matches
  • Team Roster

Head Coach: Boudewijn Castelijn

Judo[edit]

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Three male pentathletes represented the United States in 1988.

Men's Individual Competition:

Men's Team Competition:

  • Nieman, Stull, and Gostigan — 13645 pts (→ 16th place)

Rhythmic gymnastics[edit]

Rowing[edit]

Sailing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Men's 50 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 22.39
  • Final — 22.14 (→ Gold Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 22.61
  • Final — 22.36 (→ Silver Silver Medal)

Men's 100 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 49.04
  • Final — 48.63 (→ Gold Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 49.20
  • Final — 49.08 (→ Silver Silver Medal)

Men's 200 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 1:48.39
  • Final — 1:47.99 (→ Bronze Bronze Medal)
  • Heat — 1:48.96
  • Final — 1:48.86 (→ 7th place)

Men's 400 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 3:50.82
  • Final — 3:48.09 (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 3:52.64
  • B-Final — 3:55.34 (→ 14th place)

Men's 1500 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 15:07.41
  • Final — 15:14.76 (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 15:39.51 (→ did not advance, 23rd place)

Men's 100 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 54.51
  • Final — 55.18 (→ Silver Silver Medal)
  • Heat — 57.19
  • B-Final — 57.06 (→ 11th place)

Men's 200 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 2:01.73
  • Final — 2:02.26 (→ 7th place)
  • Heat — 2:03.64
  • B-Final — 2:02.95 (→ 10th place)

Men's 100 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 1:03.05
  • Final — 1:02.55 (→ 6th place)
  • Heat — 1:04.04
  • B-Final — 1:04.17 (→ 15th place)

Men's 200 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 2:15.85
  • Final — 2:15.45 (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 2:19.47 (→ did not advance, 19th place)

Men's 100 m Butterfly

  • Heat — 53.46
  • Final — 53.01 (→ Silver Silver Medal)
  • Heat — 54.44
  • Final — 54.07 (→ 6th place)

Men's 200 m Butterfly

  • Heat — 1:59.78
  • Final — 1:59.19 (→ 5th place)
  • Heat — 2:00.86
  • B-Final — 2:00.26 (→ 9th place)

Men's 200 m Individual Medley

  • Heat — 2:04.64
  • B-Final — 2:03.05 (→ 9th place)
  • Heat — 2:05.32
  • B-Final — 2:06.82 (→ 16th place)

Men's 400 m Individual Medley

  • Heat — 4:20.84
  • Final — 4:17.36 (→ Silver Silver Medal)
  • Heat — 4:24.10
  • B-Final — 4:22.95 (→ 9th place)

Men's 4x100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 3:19.52
  • Final — 3:16.53 (→ Gold Gold Medal)

Men's 4x200 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 7:18.76
  • Final — 7:12.51 (→ Gold Gold Medal)

Men's 4x100 m Medley Relay

  • Heat — 3:43.00
  • Final — 3:36.93 (→ Gold Gold Medal)


Women's 50 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 25.91
  • Final — 25.78 (→ 5th place)
  • Heat — 26.02
  • Final — 25.71 (→ Bronze Bronze Medal)

Women's 100 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 56.37
  • Final — 56.25 (→ 7th place)
  • Heat — 56.97
  • B-Final — 56.83 (→ 12th place)

Women's 200 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 1:59.50
  • Final — 1:59.04 (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 2:01.45
  • Final — 2:00.23 (→ 6th place)

Women's 400 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 4:10.12
  • Final — 4:03.85 (→ Gold Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 4:10.73
  • Final — 4:08.16 (→ 4th place)

Women's 800 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 8:28.13
  • Final — 8:20.20 (→ Gold Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 8:31.57
  • Final — 8:30.86 (→ 5th place)

Women's 100 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 1:02.85
  • Final — 1:02.71 (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 1:02.63
  • Final — 1:02.78 (→ 5th place)

Women's 200 m Backstroke

  • Heat — 2:13.91
  • Final — 2:12.39 (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 2:14.77
  • Final — 2:15.02 (→ 6th place)

Women's 100 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 1:10.59
  • Final — 1:09.60 (→ 6th place)
  • Heat — 1:11.09
  • B-Final — 1:11.08 (→ 13th place)

Women's 200 m Breaststroke

  • Heat — 2:34.21
  • B-Final — 2:32.90 (→ 13th place)
  • Heat — 2:32.11
  • B-Final — 2:33.46 (→ 14th place)

Women's 100 m Butterfly

  • Heat — 1:00.97
  • Final — 1:00.48 (→ 5th place)
  • Heat — 1:11.09
  • B-Final — 1:00.97 (→ 7th place)

Women's 200 m Butterfly

  • Heat — 2:12.35
  • Final — 2:10.80 (→ Bronze Bronze Medal)
  • Heat — 2:13.05
  • Final — 2:11.55 (→ 5th place)

Women's 200 m Individual Medley

  • Heat — 2:17.45
  • Final — 2:17.99 (→ 8th place)
  • Heat — DSQ (→ did not advance, no ranking)

Women's 400 m Individual Medley

  • Heat — 4:43.04
  • Final — 4:37.76 (→ Gold Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 4:50.03
  • B-Final — 4:51.93 (→ 11th place)

Women's 4x100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 3:45.10
  • Final — 3:44.25 (→ Bronze Bronze Medal)

Women's 4x100 m Medley Relay

  • Heat — 4:10.38
  • Final — 4:07.90 (→ Silver Silver Medal)

Synchronized swimming[edit]

Three synchronized swimmers represented the United States in 1988.

Women's solo
Women's duet

Table tennis[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Women's Singles Competition

Men's Doubles Competition

Volleyball[edit]

Men's Team Competition[edit]

  • Preliminary Round (Group B)
  • United States — Japan 3-0 (15-13, 15-2, 15-2)
  • United States — The Netherlands 3-1 (15-7, 12-15, 15-1, 15-11)
  • United States — Argentina 3-2 (11-15, 11-15, 15-4, 17-15, 15-7)
  • United States — France 3-0 (17-15, 15-6, 15-13)
  • United States — Tunisia 3-0 (15-4, 15-6, 15-4)
  • Semi Finals
  • United States — Brazil 3-0 (15-3, 15-5, 15-11)
  • Final
  • United States — Soviet Union 3-1 (13-15, 15-10, 15-4, 15-8) → Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Team Roster

Women's Team Competition[edit]

  • Preliminary Round (Group B)
  • Lost to PR China (0-3)
  • Defeated Brazil (3-2)
  • Lost to Peru (2-3)
  • Classification Matches
  • 5th/8th place: Lost to East Germany (1-3)
  • 7th/8th place: Defeated South Korea (3-2) → Seventh place
  • Team Roster

Water polo[edit]

Men's Team Competition[edit]

  • Preliminary Round (Group B)
  • Defeated Yugoslavia (7-6)
  • Lost to Spain (7-9)
  • Defeated China (14-7)
  • Defeated Greece (18-9)
  • Defeated Hungary (10-9)
  • Semi Finals
  • Defeated Soviet Union (8-7)
  • Final
  • Lost to Yugoslavia (7-9) → Silver Silver Medal
  • Team Roster

Weightlifting[edit]

Light-heavyweight 75–82.5 kg

Wrestling[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States at the 1988 Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-07-30.