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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's 100 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 24, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 25, 1988 Format: Top three in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 64; Countries: 42; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF 1988_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Griffith Joyner had developed, at the age of 28, from being a top sprinter in 1987 capable of 10.90-11.00 on her best days, to 10.60-10.70 in 1988. She ran an unbelievable 10.49 in the US Trials, which was ratified as a world record although felt by many to be wind-assisted. Nevertheless, she had the next-fastest run, 10.61, and was considered unbeatable for Seoul. She duly set an Olympic record in the heats with 10.88, which Ashford equalled in the second round. In the next race “Flo-Jo” ran 10.62, beating Cuthbert and 1980 winner Kondratyeva by 4m. Ashford (10.99) and Griffith Joyner (10.70w) won their semifinals. The final saw Flo-Jo superior in every department. Her reaction time was the quickest at 0.131 seconds, and by 40m she was threatened only by Nuneva, who was 0.02 seconds behind. Nuneva (who was confusingly listed under her unfamiliar married name of Vechernikova) pulled a muscle just before 80m, and hobbled across the line in last place. Up ahead, Griffith Joyner had switched gears at 60m, and her advantage of 0.12 seconds at 60m more than doubled in the next 30m to 0.26 seconds. With a high knee lift and a long stride which made her look almost as though she was prancing Flo-Jo was unlike any other woman sprinter before or since. A huge smile creased her face for the last 20m of the race, and she crossed the line with her 48th stride of the race nearly 3m ahead of Ashford, who got away from Drechsler in the last 15m.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
In the quarter-finals of the US Olympic Trials there appeared to be a problem with the timing in the quarter-finals. Florence Griffith Joyner won the race by over four metres but the time seemed unusual – 10.49. The world record at the time was 10.76 and 100 metre world records were simply not broken by over ¼-seconds. The wind reading was 0.0, however, and the mark would be ratified as a world record. However, track statisticians still consider that the wind reading was incorrect and that it was likely a wind-aided mark. But that mattered little. In the semi-final, FloJo ran 10.70, bettering the previous world record and she surpassed that in the final with 10.61. These were all legal marks so the only consideration was which world record would count.
FloJo was the athletics star of the Seoul Olympics. A tall, lithe beauty, she had previously been a better 200 runner. But in 1988, she won gold medals in the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay, and ran a great anchor in the 4x400, helping the US to a silver medal in that race. Her 100 victory was easy, winning in a windy 10.54 over the defending champion Evelyn Ashford by three metres. In the eight rounds of the Olympic Games and Olympic Trials, she ran seven times faster than the previous world record, although three of them were wind-aided. As of 2008, her world record of 10.49 has still not been approached.
 

Records

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 10.49 United States Florence Griffith-Joyner Indianapolis (USA) July 16, 1988
Olympic Record 10.97 United States Evelyn Ashford Los Angeles (USA) August 5, 1984

The following Olympic records were set during this competition.

DateAthleteTimeORWR
September 24, 1988  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 10.88s OR  
September 24, 1988  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 10.88s =OR  
September 24, 1988  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 10.62s OR  
 
Results

The Women's 100m at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entrylist of 64 competitors, with eight qualifying heats (64), four second-round races (32) and two semi-finals (16), before the final (8) took off on Sunday September 25, 1988.

Florence Griffith-Joyner had been a mystery in 1988. She had barely competed before the Olympic Trials, only running her personal best 10.89 into the wind in San Diego. Then at the trials she shocked the world by taking more than a quarter of a second out of Evelyn Ashford's world record and backing it up with three other races that were significantly faster than any other woman had ever run. Her next races were at the Olympics and her ability was no longer a mystery. In the first round, her time was 10.88, a hundredth faster than she had run in San Diego, but it was the Olympic record, almost a tenth of a second faster than Ashford had run winning the gold four years earlier. In the quarter finals, Heike Drechsler beat Ashford's previous record in the first race, Ashford then equalled FloJo's record in the second, to share the Olympic record for about five minutes. Griffith-Joyner's quarterfinal 10.62 was the third fastest legal race in history and the fourth fastest under any conditions, behind only her own marks set in Indianapolis two months earlier at the Trials. In the semi finals, she matched her Indianapolis semi final time win a ho hum 10.70 that was still .06 faster than any other woman had ever run. Ashford and Drechsler were both under 11 seconds and Anelia Nuneva ran 11 seconds exactly to put them in the center of the track.

Previously known as a 200 metre runner without a spectacular start, Griffith-Joyner had been working to improve her start and just like in Indianapolis, she had the lead by the second time she put her foot on the ground. The surprise was that she did not break away from the pack. Nuneva, who had run her personal best of 10.85 just three weeks earlier, was giving serious chase. But 70 metres into the race her hamstring popped and she was painfully unable to move it, but she was still running at full speed, so she struggled to maintain her balance. Meanwhile Griffith-Joyner had clearly separated from the field, crossing the finish almost three tenths of a second ahead of Ashford who just edged Drechsler.

The wind in the race was +3.0 m/ps, significantly over the allowable. Still, Griffith-Joyner's 10.54 was and remains the second fastest under any conditions, behind her own world record and its associated questionable wind reading.

100 m Women Final 25 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.54w 3 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59
2 10.83w 3 Evelyn Ashford United States USA 15 Apr 57
3 10.85w 3 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
4 10.97w 3 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
5 10.97w 3 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
6 11.00w 3 Natalya Voronova Soviet Union URS 9 Jul 65
7 11.26w 3 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
8 11.49w 3 Anelia Nuneva Bulgaria BUL 30 Jun 62
100 m Women Semifinal 1 25 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.99 0.5 Evelyn Ashford United States USA 15 Apr 57
2 11.00 0.5 Anelia Nuneva Bulgaria BUL 30 Jun 62
3 11.02 0.5 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
4 11.10 0.5 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
5 11.12 0.5 Silke Möller East Germany GDR 20 Jun 64
6 11.13 0.5 Marlies Göhr East Germany GDR 21 Mar 58
7 11.21 0.5 Lyudmila Kondratyeva Soviet Union URS 11 Apr 58
8 11.24 0.5 Marina Zhirova Soviet Union URS 6 Jun 63
100 m Women Semifinal 2 25 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.70w 2.6 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59
2 10.91w 2.6 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
3 11.03w 2.6 Natalya Voronova Soviet Union URS 9 Jul 65
4 11.06w 2.6 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
5 11.12w 2.6 Ulrike Sarvari West Germany FRG 27 Jun 64
6 11.12w 2.6 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
7 11.13w 2.6 Nelli Cooman Netherlands NED 6 Jun 64
DNS 2.6 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
100 m Women Heat 1 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.96 0.5 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
2 11.03 0.5 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
3 11.16 0.5 Ulrike Sarvari West Germany FRG 27 Jun 64
4 11.21 0.5 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
5 11.29 0.5 Angela Bailey Canada CAN 28 Feb 62
6 11.51 0.5 Els Vader Netherlands NED 24 Sep 59
7 11.55 0.5 Tian Yumei China CHN 28 Dec 65
8 11.75 0.5 Françoise Leroux France FRA 4 Oct 61
100 m Women Heat 2 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.88 1.6 Evelyn Ashford United States USA 15 Apr 57
2 10.98 1.6 Natalya Voronova Soviet Union URS 9 Jul 65
3 10.99 1.6 Marlies Göhr East Germany GDR 21 Mar 58
4 11.08 1.6 Nelli Cooman Netherlands NED 6 Jun 64 NR
5 11.27 1.6 Angella Issajenko Canada CAN 28 Sep 58
6 11.35 1.6 Joanna Smolarek Poland POL 26 Nov 65
7 11.45 1.6 Angela Williams Trinidad and Tobago TTO 15 May 65
8 11.85 1.6 Amparo Caicedo Colombia COL 30 Jan 65
100 m Women Heat 3 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.62 1 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59
2 11.03 1 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
3 11.05 1 Lyudmila Kondratyeva Soviet Union URS 11 Apr 58
4 11.10 1 Silke Möller East Germany GDR 20 Jun 64
5 11.31 1 Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66
6 11.35 1 Laurence Bily France FRA 5 May 63
7 11.37 1 Andrea Thomas West Germany FRG 9 Apr 63
8 11.63 1 Dinah Yankey Ghana GHA 2 Feb 67
100 m Women Heat 4 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.96 0 Anelia Nuneva Bulgaria BUL 30 Jun 62
2 10.99 0 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
3 11.13 0 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
4 11.14 0 Marina Zhirova Soviet Union URS 6 Jun 63
5 11.37 0 Paula Dunn Great Britain GBR 3 Dec 64
6 11.42 0 Kerry Johnson Australia AUS 23 Oct 63
7 11.59 0 Sabine Richter West Germany FRG 18 Jul 66
8 11.75 0 Julie Baumann Canada CAN 17 Jun 64
100 m Women Heat 1 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 11.09 1.1 Anelia Nuneva Bulgaria BUL 30 Jun 62
2 11.18 1.1 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
3 11.39 1.1 Paula Dunn Great Britain GBR 3 Dec 64
4 11.56 1.1 Tian Yumei China CHN 28 Dec 65
5 11.85 1.1 Paraskeví Patoulídou Greece GRE 23 Apr 65
6 12.16 1.1 Melvina Vulah Liberia LBR 21 Dec 65
7 12.27 1.1 Felicité Bada Benin BEN 14 Mar 62
8 12.32 1.1 Farida Kyakutewa Uganda UGA 6 Jun 62
100 m Women Heat 2 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 11.20 0.4 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
2 11.22 0.4 Nelli Cooman Netherlands NED 6 Jun 64
3 11.22 0.4 Marlies Göhr East Germany GDR 21 Mar 58
4 11.71 0.4 Jolanta Janota Poland POL 6 Jul 64
5 11.86 0.4 Sandra Myers Spain ESP 9 Jan 61
6 11.90 0.4 Meryem Oumezdi Morocco MAR 13 Jan 68
7 12.27 0.4 Yvette Bonapart Suriname SUR 5 Jan 65
8 12.87 0.4 Aminata Diarra Mali MLI 24 Feb 70
100 m Women Heat 3 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 11.12 0 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
2 11.19 0 Lyudmila Kondratyeva Soviet Union URS 11 Apr 58
3 11.34 0 Laurence Bily France FRA 5 May 63
4 11.59 0 Amparo Caicedo Colombia COL 30 Jan 65
5 11.71 0 Marisa Masullo Italy ITA 8 May 59
6 11.84 0 Ewa Pisiewicz Poland POL 7 May 62
7 12.18 0 Ng Ka Yi Hong Kong HKG 9 Sep 66
8 12.27 0 Jabou Jawo Gambia GAM 13 Apr 62
100 m Women Heat 4 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 11.14 1.1 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
2 11.27 1.1 Silke Möller East Germany GDR 20 Jun 64
3 11.38 1.1 Els Vader Netherlands NED 24 Sep 59
4 11.49 1.1 Sabine Richter West Germany FRG 18 Jul 66
5 11.56 1.1 Françoise Leroux France FRA 4 Oct 61
6 11.67 1.1 Lydia de Vega Philippines PHI 26 Dec 64
7 12.47 1.1 Guihermina Cruz Angola ANG 20 Jan 70
8 12.52 1.1 Erin Tierney Cook Islands COK 29 Jun 70 NR
100 m Women Heat 5 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 11.10 0.1 Evelyn Ashford United States USA 15 Apr 57
2 11.22 0.1 Marina Zhirova Soviet Union URS 6 Jun 63
3 11.43 0.1 Joanna Smolarek Poland POL 26 Nov 65
4 11.46 0.1 Andrea Thomas West Germany FRG 9 Apr 63
5 11.60 0.1 Julie Baumann Canada CAN 17 Jun 64
6 12.07 0.1 Gailey Dube Zimbabwe ZIM 25 Jul 69
7 12.11 0.1 Claudia Acerenza Uruguay URU 15 Jan 66
8 12.14 0.1 Judith Diankolela Missengui Congo CGO 12 Feb 68
100 m Women Heat 6 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 11.11 0.2 Natalya Voronova Soviet Union URS 9 Jul 65
2 11.15 0.2 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
3 11.56 0.2 Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66
4 11.62 0.2 Angela Williams Trinidad and Tobago TTO 15 May 65
5 11.66 0.2 Liu Shaomei China CHN 16 Oct 63
6 11.74 0.2 Lee Young-Sook South Korea KOR 16 Dec 65
7 11.90 0.2 Joyce Odhiambo Kenya KEN 29 Jun 63
8 12.62 0.2 Mariama Ouiminga Burkina Faso BUR 24 Jan 70
100 m Women Heat 7 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 10.88 1 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59
2 11.41 1 Kerry Johnson Australia AUS 23 Oct 63
3 11.61 1 Angela Bailey Canada CAN 28 Feb 62
4 11.65 1 Patricia Girard France FRA 8 Apr 68
5 11.84 1 Zhang Gaihua China CHN 10 Dec 64
6 11.85 1 Gisele Ongollo Gabon GAB 20 Jun 66
7 12.16 1 Chen Ya-Li Chinese Taipei TPE 2 Apr 69
8 12.48 1 Evelyne Farrell Aruba ARU 10 Apr 60
100 m Women Heat 8 24 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 11.03 0.1 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
2 11.26 0.1 Ulrike Sarvari West Germany FRG 27 Jun 64
3 11.42 0.1 Angella Issajenko Canada CAN 28 Sep 58
4 11.64 0.1 Dinah Yankey Ghana GHA 2 Feb 67
5 11.86 0.1 Rossella Tarolo Italy ITA 28 Dec 64
6 11.88 0.1 Helen Miles Great Britain GBR 2 Mar 67
7 13.00 0.1 Olivette Daruhi Vanuatu VAN 12 May 68
8 15.12 0.1 Mala Sakonnihow Laos LAO 4 Feb 65
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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