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Djibouti at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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Djibouti at the
1988 Summer Olympics
Flag of Djibouti.svg
IOC code DJI
NOC Comité National Olympique Djiboutien
in Seoul
Competitors 6 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Ahmed Salah
Medals
Ranked 46th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 1 1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Djibouti took part in the 1988 Summer Olympics which were held in Seoul, Korea from September 17 to October 2.[1] The country's participation marked its second appearance in the Summer Olympics since its debut at the 1984 Summer games in Los Angeles, United States. The delegation from Djibouti included six athletes, five in athletics and one in sailing. The five athletes for athletics were Hoche Yaya Aden, Ismael Hassan, Talal Omar Abdillahi, Hussein Ahmed Salah, and Omar Moussa while Robleh Ali Adou represented the nation in sailing. Ahmed Salah won the nation's first Olympic medal, which is a bronze at the Men's Marathon event.

Background[edit]

The 1988 Summer Olympics were Djibouti's second Summer Olympics, with the first being the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, United States. Djibouti made their Olympic debut in 1984, sending three athletes.[2]

Medalists[edit]

Prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics, Djibouti had not won an Olympic Medal. Hussein Ahmed Salah won the nation's first medal, a bronze in athletics for the men's marathon on October 2, 1988.[3][4][5] Ahmed Salah won the medal with a time of two hours, ten minutes and fifty-nine seconds, only twenty-seven seconds behind the gold medalist.[6] Ahmed Salah finished the qualification for this event in 2:07:07, breaking the previous world record of 2:07:12. The record was also broken by Carlos Lopes, who finished ahead of Salah with a time of 2:06:49. Lopes became the new world record holder.[7][8][9]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Bronze Hussein Ahmed Salah Athletics Men's marathon October 2[3]

Athletics[edit]

Many of the athletics events of the 1988 Summer olympics were held at the Seoul Olympic Stadium (pictured above).

Djibouti was represented by five male athletes at the 1988 Summer Olympics in athletics: Hoche Yaya Aden, Ismael Hassan, Talal Omar Abdillahi, Hussein Ahmed Salah, and Omar Moussa.[3] These were the first Summer Olympic Games that Aden, Hassan, Abdillahi, and Moussa participated in.[10][11][12][13] Ahmad Salah had previously competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics.[14]

Hoche Yaya Aden competed in the men's 1500 meters, where he finished twelfth in his heat, failing to advance to the next round.[12][15] The medals in the event went to athletes from Kenya, Great Britain, and East Germany.[15]

Ismael Hassan competed in the men's 5000 meters, where he finished fourteenth in his heat, failing to advance to the next round.[11][16] The medals in the event went to athletes from Kenya, West Germany, and East Germany.[16]

Talal Omar Abdlillahi competed in the men's 10000 meters, where he finished eighteenth heat, failing to advance to the next round.[10][17] The medals in the event went to athletes from Morocco, Italy, and Kenya.[17]

Hussein Ahmed Salah and Omar Moussa both competed in the men's marathon.[3] Ahmad Salah finished the marathon in two hours, ten minutes, and fifty-nine seconds claiming the bronze medal for the event.[3][4][5][14] He finished only twenty-seven seconds behind the gold medalist.[6] Moussa finished the marathon in two hours, twenty-five minutes and twenty-five seconds placing forty-ninth of the 118 athletes who competed.[6][13] The gold and silver medals in the event went to athletes from Italy, and Kenya.[6]

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank [note 1] Result Rank Result Rank
Hoche Yaya Aden 1500 m 3:51.56 12 Did not advance[15]
Ismael Hassan 5000 m 14:45.40 14 Did not advance[16]
Talal Omar Abdillahi 10000 m 30:08.53 18 N/A Did not advance[17]
Hussein Ahmed Salah marathon N/A 2:10:59 3rd, bronze medalist(s)[6]
Omar Moussa N/A 2:25:25 49[6]

Sailing[edit]

Djibouti was represented by one male athlete at the 1988 Summer Olympics in sailing: Robleh Ali Adou.[3][18] These were the first games in which Djibouti participated in a sailing event.[2][3]

Robleh Ali Adou competed in the Mixed Windsurfer event.[3][18] Ali Adou finished in the standings fortieth out of forty-five athletes competing, scoring a total of 307 points and a net point value of 255.[3][18][19] The medals for the event went to athletes from New Zealand, Netherlands Antilles, and the United States.[19]

Key
  • PMS = Premature start
  • RET = Retired
  • Text = Lowest score discarded
Division II insigna.png
Rank
Helmsman Event Race I Race II Race III Race IV Race V Race VI Race VII Score Rank
Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points
40 Robleh Ali Adou Division II 38 44.0 31 37.0 32 38.0 37 43.0 PMS 52.0 35 41.0 RET 52.0 255.0 40[18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The ranks indicate how the individual athletes places in each of their heats, not their overall placing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Factsheet The Games of the Olympiad" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. October 28, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Djibouti at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Sports Reference. 2016-03-05. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
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  4. ^ a b "Djibouti | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Sports-Reference. March 4, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Gildea, William (October 2, 1988). "Italy's Bordin Mines Last of Seoul's Gold; 2:10:32 Marathon Ends Competition". The Washington Post. p. B1. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's Marathon | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Sports-Reference. March 4, 2016. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Marathon; 2:06:49 Clocking is World Best". New York Times. Associated Press. April 18, 1988. p. C6. 
  8. ^ Wright, G (April 18, 1988). "Record Pressure on Deek". The Herald. 
  9. ^ "Deek Shows the Way to Our Young Stars". Sunday Mail. QNP. September 18, 1988. 
  10. ^ a b "Talal Omar Abdillahi Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Ismael Hassan Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Hoche Yaya Aden Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Omar Moussa Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Ahmed Salah Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's 1,500 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b c "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's 5,000 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Robleh Ali Adou Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Sailing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Mixed Windsurfer". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2017.