| Event type

1,500 metres, Women

Date29 September – 1 October 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants28 from 19 countries

The favorites were Soviet Tatyana Samolenko, 1987 World Champion and America’s Mary Decker-Slaney, 1983 World Champion. They qualified easily for the final, as did Romania’s Paula Ivan. In the final, Ivan took the lead at the gun, and was never headed. She had an 8-metre lead at 800, dropping Decker-Slaney on the second lap, and she continued to increase her lead, winning by over 40 metres. Her time 3:53.96 was the second fastest ever run, but her winning margin of over six seconds has not been surpassed in any Olympic track race for women.

1466Paula IvanROU4:03.33 (1 h2)3:53.96 (1)GoldOR
2512Laimutė BaikauskaitėURS4:05.74 (7 h2)4:00.24 (2)Silver
3548Tetiana SamolenkoURS4:07.11 (3 h1)4:00.30 (3)Bronze
4213Christina CahillGBR4:05.33 (6 h2)4:00.64 (4)
583Lynn WilliamsCAN4:04.20 (4 h2)4:00.86 (5)
6267Andrea HahmannGDR4:03.65 (3 h2)4:00.96 (6)
7209Shireen BaileyGBR4:04.65 (5 h2)4:02.32 (7)
8596Mary Decker-SlaneyUSA4:03.61 (2 h2)4:02.49 (8)
9467Doina MelinteROU4:06.87 (1 h1)4:02.89 (9)
10413Fatima AouamMAR4:06.87 (8 h2)4:08.00 (10)
11567Kim GallagherUSA4:07.22 (4 h1)4:16.25 (11)
1262Debbie BowkerCAN4:07.06 (2 h1)4:17.95 (12)
5 h1 r1/2323Elly van HulstNED4:07.40 (5 h1)
6 h1 r1/2252Kirsty WadeGBR4:08.37 (6 h1)
7 h1 r1/2617Lyubov GurinaURS4:08.59 (7 h1)
8 h1 r1/265Angela ChalmersCAN4:08.64 (8 h1)
9 h1 r1/2191Vera MichallekFRG4:10.05 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/22Hassiba BoulmerkaALG4:08.33 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/2477Cornelia BürkiSUI4:10.89 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2383Susan SirmaKEN4:10.13 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/235Khin Khin HtweMYA4:20.92 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2576Regina JacobsUSA4:18.09 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/2399No Hye-SunKOR4:26.05 (12 h1)
12 h2 r1/2486Letitia VriesdeSUR4:19.58 (12 h2)
13 h1 r1/2471Daphrose NyiramutuzoRWA4:32.31 (13 h1)
13 h2 r1/24Laverne BryanANT4:39.73 (13 h2)
14 h1 r1/2432Poloni AvekPNG4:46.49 (14 h1)
14 h2 r1/2473Rachel ThompsonSLE5:31.42 (14 h2)

Round One (29 September 1988)

Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (16:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
114Doina MelinteROU4:06.87Q
27Debbie BowkerCAN4:07.06Q
35Tetiana SamolenkoURS4:07.11Q
42Kim GallagherUSA4:07.22Q
511Elly van HulstNED4:07.40
63Kirsty WadeGBR4:08.37
710Lyubov GurinaURS4:08.59
88Angela ChalmersCAN4:08.64
96Vera MichallekFRG4:10.05
109Cornelia BürkiSUI4:10.89
114Khin Khin HtweMYA4:20.92
121No Hye-SunKOR4:26.05
1312Daphrose NyiramutuzoRWA4:32.31
1413Poloni AvekPNG4:46.49


400 m1:08.08Vera Michallek
800 m2:14.29Elly van Hulst
1200 m3:21.27Elly van Hulst

Heat Two (16:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Paula IvanROU4:03.33Q
24Mary Decker-SlaneyUSA4:03.61Q
310Andrea HahmannGDR4:03.65Q
48Lynn WilliamsCAN4:04.20Q
513Shireen BaileyGBR4:04.65q
65Christina CahillGBR4:05.33q
72Laimutė BaikauskaitėURS4:05.74q
814Fatima AouamMAR4:06.87q
97Hassiba BoulmerkaALG4:08.33
103Susan SirmaKEN4:10.13
1112Regina JacobsUSA4:18.09
1211Letitia VriesdeSUR4:19.58
136Laverne BryanANT4:39.73
149Rachel ThompsonSLE5:31.42


400 m1:05.24Mary Decker-Slaney
800 m2:11.72Mary Decker-Slaney
1200 m3:16.82Paula Ivan

Final (1 October 1988 — 12:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
110Paula IvanROU3:53.96OR
21Laimutė BaikauskaitėURS4:00.24
33Tetiana SamolenkoURS4:00.30
49Christina CahillGBR4:00.64
55Lynn WilliamsCAN4:00.86
68Andrea HahmannGDR4:00.96
711Shireen BaileyGBR4:02.32
87Mary Decker-SlaneyUSA4:02.49
92Doina MelinteROU4:02.89
104Fatima AouamMAR4:08.00
116Kim GallagherUSA4:16.25
1212Debbie BowkerCAN4:17.95


400 m1:02.52Paula Ivan
800 m2:05.76Paula Ivan
1200 m3:08.25Paula Ivan