| Event type

100 metres, Men

Date23 – 24 September 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants102 from 69 countries

At the 1987 World Championships in Roma, Ben Johnson (CAN) won the race in 9.83, defeating Carl Lewis comfortably and putting the first nick in Lewis’s armor as the world’s fastest man. In the process Johnson shattered the world record. He had also won the 100 at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and was world ranked #1 in both 1986 and 1987, with Lewis ranked #2 in 1987 and #3 in 1986. The Seoul 100 was expected to be a match-up between these two with American Calvin Smith, the former world record holder at 9.93, and Britain’s Linford Christie considered to have shots at medals. Lewis was fastest in the prelims, running 9.99 in the quarters and 9.97 in the semis. But the final was a runaway for Johnson, who broke his own world record with 9.79, Lewis finishing in 9.92, and Christie coming up for the bronze medal.

Or so it was thought to be. Early the next day, rumors spread throughout the Olympic Village that a 100 metre finalist had tested positive for drugs, and late in the day, it was announced that this was true and that the doping violation was on Ben Johnson for using stanazolol. Johnson was disqualified, with the gold medal going to Lewis, Christie getting a silver, and Calvin Smith moving into the medals with a bronze. As always, Johnson denied that he had ever taken performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), although by 1988 he looked as if somebody had put an air hose in his mouth and turned it on. Later that year the Canadian government began an inquiry into the use of drugs in Canadian sports, termed the Dubin Inquiry, after presiding Judge Charles Dubin. In that inquiry, Johnson eventually admitted to the long-term use of steroids, and this was confirmed by his doctor, Jamie Astaphan, and coach, Charles Francis. Johnson was suspended for two years but did return to compete internationally in the early 90s and also participated in the 1992 Olympics. His 1987 World Championship and all his world records were rescinded by the IAAF.

11102Carl LewisUSA10.14 (1 h13)9.99 (1 h5)9.97 (1 h1)9.92 (1)Gold
2413Linford ChristieGBR10.19 (1 h5)10.11 (1 h1)10.11 (1 h2)9.97 (2)Silver
31130Calvin SmithUSA10.28 (1 h2)10.16 (1 h4)10.15 (2 h1)9.99 (3)Bronze
41112Dennis MitchellUSA10.37 (1 h11)10.13 (2 h1)10.23 (2 h2)10.04 (4)
5125Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA10.37 (1 h1)10.24 (2 h5)10.24 (3 h2)10.11 (5)
6181Desai WilliamsCAN10.24 (1 h9)10.16 (1 h2)10.24 (4 h1)10.11 (6)
7623Ray StewartJAM10.22 (1 h7)10.25 (1 h3)10.18 (3 h1)12.26 (7)
4 h2 r3/4529Attila KovácsHUN10.39 (2 h2)10.27 (4 h2)10.31 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4123Arnaldo da SilvaBRA10.44 (2 h10)10.25 (2 h2)10.32 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4242Juan NúñezDOM10.47 (2 h3)10.33 (2 h3)10.35 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4786Olapade AdenikenNGR10.56 (3 h9)10.30 (2 h4)10.33 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4787Isiaq AdeyanjuNGR10.45 (2 h11)10.32 (3 h5)10.60 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4540Mardi LestariINA10.40 (3 h2)10.32 (2 h6)10.39 (7 h1)
8 h1 r3/4495John Myles-MillsGHA10.31 (1 h12)10.21 (1 h6)10.43 (8 h1)
3 h1 r2/4618John MairJAM10.44 (4 h13)10.41 (3 h1)
3 h3 r2/4468Sven MatthesGDR10.35 (3 h5)10.36 (3 h3)
3 h4 r2/450Andreas BergerAUT10.40 (2 h12)10.34 (3 h4)
3 h6 r2/4341Max MorinièreFRA10.34 (2 h5)10.37 (3 h6)
4 h1 r2/4909Charles-Louis SeckSEN10.64 (2 h6)10.42 (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/4354Jean-Charles TrouabalFRA10.39 (2 h13)10.41 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4496Emmanuel TuffourGHA10.31 (1 h4)10.37 (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/4596Pier-Francesco PavoniITA10.36 (2 h7)10.33 (4 h5)
4 h6 r2/4590Ezio MadoniaITA10.40 (2 h1)10.38 (4 h6)
5 h1 r2/4204Li TaoCHN10.47 (4 h5)10.53 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4589Michele LazazzeraITA10.47 (3 h10)10.50 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4257José Javier ArquésESP10.44 (3 h13)10.43 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4886Talal MansourQAT10.42 (1 h3)10.38 (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/41059Vitaly SavinURS10.52 (3 h7)10.36 (5 h5)
5 h6 r2/4676Peter WekesaKEN10.50 (2 h9)10.43 (5 h6)
6 h1 r2/4666Kennedy OndiekKEN10.51 (4 h10)10.57 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4331Thierry LauretFRA10.56 (4 h1)10.51 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4904Amadou M'BayeSEN10.64 (3 h3)10.45 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/486Patrick StevensBEL10.51 (4 h12)10.50 (6 h4)
6 h5 r2/4632Koji KuriharaJPN10.46 (2 h4)10.49 (6 h5)
6 h6 r2/4701Sim Deok-SeopKOR10.56 (2 h8)10.55 (6 h6)
7 h1 r2/4771Ousmane DiarraMLI10.53 (3 h11)10.61 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4210Zheng ChenCHN10.51 (4 h4)10.72 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4460Barrington WilliamsGBR10.51 (3 h12)10.55 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/41003Cheng Hsin-FuTPE10.48 (3 h1)10.54 (7 h4)
7 h5 r2/4536István TatárHUN10.52 (5 h4)10.68 (7 h5)
7 h6 r2/4622Andrew SmithJAM10.49 (3 h4)10.63 (7 h6)
8 h2 r2/4794Chidi ImohNGR10.62 (1 h6)11.44 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/4366Christian HaasFRG10.54 (6 h4)10.57 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4524György FetterHUN10.54 (4 h7)10.55 (8 h4)
8 h5 r2/489Issa Alassane-OusséniBEN10.72 (3 h6)10.83 (8 h5)
8 h6 r2/4196Cai JianmingCHN10.55 (1 h8)10.76 (8 h6)
1 h10 r1/41044Vladimir KrylovURS10.34 (1 h10)10.26 (3 h2)– (DNS h2)
3 h8 r1/4192Carlos MorenoCHI10.70 (3 h8)
4 h2 r1/41058Andrey RazinURS10.58 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/470Fabian WhymnsBAH10.70 (4 h3)
4 h6 r1/4447John RegisGBR10.76 (4 h6)
4 h8 r1/4824Abdullah Salem Al-KhalidiOMA10.90 (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/4767Eduardo NavaMEX10.68 (4 h9)
4 h11 r1/41192Oliver DanielsLBR10.68 (4 h11)
5 h1 r1/41001Boevi LawsonTOG10.59 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/41188Henri NdingaCGO10.74 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/4571Neville HodgeISV10.73 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/4219Samuel Nchinda-KayaCMR10.60 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4724Mothobi KharitseLES10.97 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4128Khaled Ibrahim JoumaBRN10.80 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/473Mohamed Shah JalalBAN10.94 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/4113Jailto BonfimBRA10.75 (5 h9)
5 h10 r1/4628Takahiko KasaharaJPN10.62 (5 h10)
5 h11 r1/4864Luís CunhaPOR10.80 (5 h11)
5 h12 r1/4286Enrique TalaveraESP10.61 (5 h12)
5 h13 r1/41200Harouna PaleBUR10.76 (5 h13)
6 h1 r1/4508Leung Wing KwongHKG10.82 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/41174Fabian MuyabaZIM10.75 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4913Horace Dove-EdwinSLE10.89 (6 h3)
6 h5 r1/41005Lee Shiunn-LongTPE10.69 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4500Robert LouaGUI11.20 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4829Muhammad AfzalPAK10.91 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/41024Joseph SsaliUGA10.95 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/4608Lindel HodgeIVB10.79 (6 h9)
6 h10 r1/4570Jimmy FlemmingISV10.70 (6 h10)
6 h11 r1/4243Evaristo OrtizDOM11.01 (6 h11)
6 h12 r1/4636Tomohiro OsawaJPN10.71 (6 h12)
6 h13 r1/4993Peauope SuliTGA10.94 (6 h13)
7 h1 r1/4706Mohamed Fahd Al-BishiKSA10.85 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/49Moustafa Kamel SalmiALG11.08 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/41201Alexandre YougbareBUR10.90 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4806John HouPNG10.96 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/496Bill TrottBER10.69 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/41191Samuel BirchLBR11.68 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4507Claude RoumainHAI11.22 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/429St. Clair SoleyneANT11.17 (7 h8)
7 h9 r1/4997Visut WatanasinTHA10.88 (7 h9)
7 h10 r1/4728Jihad SalameLBN11.49 (7 h10)
7 h11 r1/41140Nguyễn Ðình MinhVIE11.09 (7 h11)
7 h12 r1/4923Dominique CantiSMR11.11 (7 h12)
7 h13 r1/4291Maloni BoleFIJ11.19 (7 h13)
8 h1 r1/41139Jerry JeremiahVAN10.96 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/4729Markus BüchelLIE11.21 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/475Henrico AtkinsBAR11.01 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/41153Ehab Fuad Ahmed NagiYMD11.53 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/4962Frank MaziyaSWZ11.52 (8 h5)
8 h9 r1/415Arménio FernandesANG10.92 (8 h9)1
8 h10 r1/4773Gilbert BessiMON11.55 (8 h10)
8 h11 r1/4487Secundino BorabotaGEQ11.52 (8 h11)
8 h12 r1/4748Ismail Asif WaheedMDV11.49 (8 h12)
AC h6 r1/4857Pedro AgostinhoPOR– (AC h6)
AC159Ben JohnsonCAN10.37 (AC h8)10.17 (AC h1)10.03 (AC h2)9.79 (AC)DQ
DNS679Jang Jae-GeunKOR– (DNS h7)

Round One (23 September 1988)

Top three in each heat and next nine fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One (9:50)

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA10.37Q
23Ezio MadoniaITA10.40Q
34Cheng Hsin-FuTPE10.48Q
45Thierry LauretFRA10.56q
58Boevi LawsonTOG10.59
66Leung Wing KwongHKG10.82
72Mohamed Fahd Al-BishiKSA10.85
81Jerry JeremiahVAN10.96

Heat Two (9:55)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Calvin SmithUSA10.28Q
23Attila KovácsHUN10.39Q
34Mardi LestariINA10.40Q
46Andrey RazinURS10.58
55Henri NdingaCGO10.74
61Fabian MuyabaZIM10.75
72Moustafa Kamel SalmiALG11.08
88Markus BüchelLIE11.21

Heat Three (10:00)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Talal MansourQAT10.42Q
23Juan NúñezDOM10.47Q
38Amadou M'BayeSEN10.64Q
47Fabian WhymnsBAH10.70
55Neville HodgeISV10.73
64Horace Dove-EdwinSLE10.89
71Alexandre YougbareBUR10.90
82Henrico AtkinsBAR11.01

Heat Four (10:05)

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Emmanuel TuffourGHA10.31Q
28Koji KuriharaJPN10.46Q
36Andrew SmithJAM10.49Q
44Zheng ChenCHN10.51q
57István TatárHUN10.52q
62Christian HaasFRG10.54q
75John HouPNG10.96
81Ehab Fuad Ahmed NagiYMD11.53

Heat Five (10:10)

Wind1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Linford ChristieGBR10.19Q
22Max MorinièreFRA10.34Q
31Sven MatthesGDR10.35Q
46Li TaoCHN10.47q
55Samuel Nchinda-KayaCMR10.60
63Lee Shiunn-LongTPE10.69
78Bill TrottBER10.69
87Frank MaziyaSWZ11.52

Heat Six (10:15)

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Chidi ImohNGR10.62Q
23Charles-Louis SeckSEN10.64Q
34Issa Alassane-OusséniBEN10.72Q
42John RegisGBR10.76
57Mothobi KharitseLES10.97
66Robert LouaGUI11.20
78Samuel BirchLBR11.68
AC1Pedro AgostinhoPORDNF

Heat Seven (10:20)

Wind1.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Ray StewartJAM10.22Q
22Pier-Francesco PavoniITA10.36Q
33Vitaly SavinURS10.52Q
41György FetterHUN10.54q
58Khaled Ibrahim JoumaBRN10.80
67Muhammad AfzalPAK10.91
74Claude RoumainHAI11.22
DNS5Jang Jae-GeunKOR

Heat Eight (10:25)

Wind2.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Cai JianmingCHN10.55Q
26Sim Deok-SeopKOR10.56Q
33Carlos MorenoCHI10.70
45Abdullah Salem Al-KhalidiOMA10.90
57Mohamed Shah JalalBAN10.94
68Joseph SsaliUGA10.95
71St. Clair SoleyneANT11.17
AC2Ben JohnsonCAN10.37QDQ2

Heat Nine (10:30)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Desai WilliamsCAN10.24Q
22Peter WekesaKEN10.50Q
36Olapade AdenikenNGR10.56Q
45Eduardo NavaMEX10.68
53Jailto BonfimBRA10.75
68Lindel HodgeIVB10.79
71Visut WatanasinTHA10.88
87Arménio FernandesANG10.923

Heat Ten (10:35)

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Vladimir KrylovURS10.34Q
27Arnaldo da SilvaBRA10.44Q
33Michele LazazzeraITA10.47Q
41Kennedy OndiekKEN10.51q
58Takahiko KasaharaJPN10.62
64Jimmy FlemmingISV10.70
76Jihad SalameLBN11.49
82Gilbert BessiMON11.55

Heat Eleven (10:40)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Dennis MitchellUSA10.37Q
22Isiaq AdeyanjuNGR10.45Q
37Ousmane DiarraMLI10.53Q
46Oliver DanielsLBR10.68
53Luís CunhaPOR10.80
61Evaristo OrtizDOM11.01
75Nguyễn Ðình MinhVIE11.09
84Secundino BorabotaGEQ11.52

Heat Twelve (10:45)

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13John Myles-MillsGHA10.31Q
27Andreas BergerAUT10.40Q
38Barrington WilliamsGBR10.51Q
44Patrick StevensBEL10.51q
56Enrique TalaveraESP10.61
61Tomohiro OsawaJPN10.71
75Dominique CantiSMR11.11
82Ismail Asif WaheedMDV11.49

Heat Thirteen (10:50)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Carl LewisUSA10.14Q
23Jean-Charles TrouabalFRA10.39Q
38José Javier ArquésESP10.44Q
47John MairJAM10.44q
55Harouna PaleBUR10.76
64Peauope SuliTGA10.94
76Maloni BoleFIJ11.19

Quarter-Finals (23 September 1988)

Top two in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (13:15)

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Linford ChristieGBR10.11Q
23Dennis MitchellUSA10.13Q
36John MairJAM10.41
47Charles-Louis SeckSEN10.42
58Li TaoCHN10.53
61Kennedy OndiekKEN10.57
72Ousmane DiarraMLI10.61
AC5Ben JohnsonCAN10.17DQq4

Heat Two (13:20)

Wind1.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Desai WilliamsCAN10.16Q
23Arnaldo da SilvaBRA10.25Q
34Vladimir KrylovURS10.26q
46Attila KovácsHUN10.27q
58Michele LazazzeraITA10.50
61Thierry LauretFRA10.51
72Zheng ChenCHN10.72
87Chidi ImohNGR11.44

Heat Three (13:25)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Ray StewartJAM10.25Q
22Juan NúñezDOM10.33Q
33Sven MatthesGDR10.36
44Jean-Charles TrouabalFRA10.41
55José Javier ArquésESP10.43
61Amadou M'BayeSEN10.45
77Barrington WilliamsGBR10.55
88Christian HaasFRG10.57

Heat Four (13:30)

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Calvin SmithUSA10.16Q
27Olapade AdenikenNGR10.30Q
34Andreas BergerAUT10.34
46Emmanuel TuffourGHA10.37
55Talal MansourQAT10.38
68Patrick StevensBEL10.50
72Cheng Hsin-FuTPE10.54
81György FetterHUN10.55

Heat Five (13:35)

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Carl LewisUSA9.99Q
25Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA10.24Q
36Isiaq AdeyanjuNGR10.32q
44Pier-Francesco PavoniITA10.33
58Vitaly SavinURS10.36
61Koji KuriharaJPN10.49
72István TatárHUN10.68
87Issa Alassane-OusséniBEN10.83

Heat Six (13:40)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15John Myles-MillsGHA10.21Q
26Mardi LestariINA10.32Q
33Max MorinièreFRA10.37
44Ezio MadoniaITA10.38
52Peter WekesaKEN10.43
67Sim Deok-SeopKOR10.55
71Andrew SmithJAM10.63
88Cai JianmingCHN10.76

Semi-Finals (24 September 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:00)

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Carl LewisUSA9.97Q
23Calvin SmithUSA10.15Q
32Ray StewartJAM10.18Q
44Desai WilliamsCAN10.24Q
58Arnaldo da SilvaBRA10.32
61Olapade AdenikenNGR10.33
77Mardi LestariINA10.39
86John Myles-MillsGHA10.43

Heat Two (12:05)

Wind-1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Linford ChristieGBR10.11Q
25Dennis MitchellUSA10.23Q
34Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA10.24Q
42Attila KovácsHUN10.31
57Juan NúñezDOM10.35
68Isiaq AdeyanjuNGR10.60
AC6Ben JohnsonCAN10.03QDQ5
DNS1Vladimir KrylovURS

Final (24 September 1988 — 13:30)

Wind1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Carl LewisUSA9.920.136OR
24Linford ChristieGBR9.970.138
35Calvin SmithUSA9.990.176
48Dennis MitchellUSA10.040.186
51Róbson Caetano da SilvaBRA10.110.155
67Desai WilliamsCAN10.110.149
72Ray StewartJAM12.260.159
AC6Ben JohnsonCAN9.790.132DQ6