| Event type

100 metres, Women

Date24 – 25 September 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants64 from 42 countries

In the quarter-finals of the US Olympic Trials there appeared to be a problem with the timing. 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 2020, her world record of 10.49 has still not been threatened.

1569Florence Griffith JoynerUSA10.88 (1 h7)10.62 (1 h3)10.70w (1 h2)10.54w (1)Gold
2554Evelyn AshfordUSA11.10 (1 h5)10.88 (1 h2)10.99 (1 h1)10.83w (2)Silver
3261Heike DrechslerGDR11.15 (2 h6)10.96 (1 h1)10.91w (2 h2)10.85w (3)Bronze
4365Grace JacksonJAM11.18 (2 h1)11.13 (3 h4)11.06w (4 h2)10.97w (4)
5600Gwen TorrenceUSA11.12 (1 h3)10.99 (2 h4)11.02 (3 h1)10.97w (5)
6545Nataliya PomoshchnikovaURS11.11 (1 h6)10.98 (2 h2)11.03w (3 h2)11.00w (6)
7364Juliet CuthbertJAM11.14 (1 h4)11.03 (2 h3)11.10 (4 h1)11.26w (7)
853Aneliya VechernikovaBUL11.09 (1 h1)10.96 (1 h4)11.00 (2 h1)11.49w (8)
5 h1 r3/4277Silke MöllerGDR11.27 (2 h4)11.10 (4 h3)11.12 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4197Ulrike SarvariFRG11.26 (2 h8)11.16 (3 h1)11.12w (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4266Marlies GöhrGDR11.22 (3 h2)10.99 (3 h2)11.13 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/423Pauline DavisBAH11.20 (1 h2)11.21 (4 h1)11.12w (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4528Lyudmila KondratyevaURS11.19 (2 h3)11.05 (3 h3)11.21 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4317Nelli CoomanNED11.22 (2 h2)11.08 (4 h2)11.13w (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4525Marina ZhirovaURS11.22 (2 h5)11.14 (4 h4)11.24 (8 h1)
2 h1 r2/4367Merlene OtteyJAM11.03 (1 h8)11.03 (2 h1)– (DNS h2)
5 h1 r2/460Angela BaileyCAN11.61 (3 h7)11.29 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/470Angella IssajenkoCAN11.42 (3 h8)11.27 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4224Simmone JacobsGBR11.56 (3 h6)11.31 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4216Paula DunnGBR11.39 (3 h1)11.37 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4321Els VaderNED11.38 (3 h4)11.51 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4455Joanna SmolarekPOL11.43 (3 h5)11.35 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4161Laurence BilyFRA11.34 (3 h3)11.35 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/415Kerry JohnsonAUS11.44 (2 h7)11.42 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4101Tian YumeiCHN11.56 (4 h1)11.55 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4501Angela WilliamsTTO11.62 (4 h6)11.45 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4201Andrea ThomasFRG11.46 (4 h5)11.37 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4196Sabine RichterFRG11.49 (4 h4)11.59 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4175Françoise LerouxFRA11.58 (5 h4)11.75 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4120Amparo CaicedoCOL11.59 (4 h3)11.65 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/4297Dinah YankeyGHA11.64 (4 h8)11.63 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/479Julie RocheleauCAN11.60 (5 h5)11.75 (8 h4)
4 h2 r1/4448Jolanta JanotaPOL11.71 (4 h2)
4 h7 r1/4172Patricia GirardFRA11.65 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/4300Voula PatoulidouGRE11.85 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4137Sandy MyersESP11.86 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/4358Marisa MasulloITA11.71 (5 h3)
5 h6 r1/498Liu ShaomeiCHN11.66 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4109Zhang CaihuaCHN11.84 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4360Rossella TaroloITA11.86 (5 h8)
6 h1 r1/4616Melvina VulahLBR12.16 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4415Méryem OumezdiMAR11.90 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4453Ewa PisiewiczPOL11.84 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4444Lydia de VegaPHI11.67 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4609Gailey DubeZIM12.07 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4396Lee Yeong-SukKOR11.74 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4206Gisèle OngolloGAB11.85 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4234Helen MilesGBR11.88 (6 h8)
7 h1 r1/434Félicite BadaBEN12.27 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4485Yvette BonapartSUR12.27 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/4315Ng Ka YeeHKG12.18 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/43Guilhermina da CruzANG12.47 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/4553Claudia AcerenzaURU12.11 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4382Joyce OdhiamboKEN11.90 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4497Chen Ya-LiTPE12.16 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/4603Olivette DaruhiVAN13.00 (7 h8)
8 h1 r1/4506Farida KyakutemaUGA12.32 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/4419Aminata DiarraMLI12.27 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/4207Jabou JawoGAM12.27 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/4119Erin TierneyCOK12.52 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/4614Judith Diankoléla-MissenguéCGO12.14 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/455Mariama OuimingaBUR12.62 (8 h6)
8 h7 r1/47Evelyn FarrellARU12.48 (8 h7)
8 h8 r1/4407Mala SakonhninhomLAO15.12 (8 h8)

Round One (24 September 1988)

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

Heat One (11:00)

Wind1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Aneliya VechernikovaBUL11.09Q
22Grace JacksonJAM11.18Q
33Paula DunnGBR11.39Q
41Tian YumeiCHN11.56q
58Voula PatoulidouGRE11.85
65Melvina VulahLBR12.16
76Félicite BadaBEN12.27
84Farida KyakutemaUGA12.32

Heat Two (11:05)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Pauline DavisBAH11.20Q
23Nelli CoomanNED11.22Q
36Marlies GöhrGDR11.22Q
44Jolanta JanotaPOL11.71
51Sandy MyersESP11.86
65Méryem OumezdiMAR11.90
77Yvette BonapartSUR12.27
88Aminata DiarraMLI12.27

Heat Three (11:10)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Gwen TorrenceUSA11.12Q
22Lyudmila KondratyevaURS11.19Q
37Laurence BilyFRA11.34Q
45Amparo CaicedoCOL11.59q
53Marisa MasulloITA11.71
68Ewa PisiewiczPOL11.84
74Ng Ka YeeHKG12.18
86Jabou JawoGAM12.27

Heat Four (11:15)

Wind1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Juliet CuthbertJAM11.14Q
26Silke MöllerGDR11.27Q
34Els VaderNED11.38Q
48Sabine RichterFRG11.49q
52Françoise LerouxFRA11.58q
67Lydia de VegaPHI11.67
75Guilhermina da CruzANG12.47
81Erin TierneyCOK12.52

Heat Five (11:20)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Evelyn AshfordUSA11.10Q
27Marina ZhirovaURS11.22Q
36Joanna SmolarekPOL11.43Q
44Andrea ThomasFRG11.46q
58Julie RocheleauCAN11.60q
65Gailey DubeZIM12.07
71Claudia AcerenzaURU12.11
82Judith Diankoléla-MissenguéCGO12.14

Heat Six (11:25)

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Nataliya PomoshchnikovaURS11.11Q
24Heike DrechslerGDR11.15Q
36Simmone JacobsGBR11.56Q
42Angela WilliamsTTO11.62q
58Liu ShaomeiCHN11.66
65Lee Yeong-SukKOR11.74
73Joyce OdhiamboKEN11.90
87Mariama OuimingaBUR12.62

Heat Seven (11:30)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Florence Griffith JoynerUSA10.88QOR
21Kerry JohnsonAUS11.44Q
33Angela BaileyCAN11.61Q
44Patricia GirardFRA11.65
52Zhang CaihuaCHN11.84
67Gisèle OngolloGAB11.85
76Chen Ya-LiTPE12.16
88Evelyn FarrellARU12.48

Heat Eight (11:35)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Merlene OtteyJAM11.03Q
25Ulrike SarvariFRG11.26Q
32Angella IssajenkoCAN11.42Q
46Dinah YankeyGHA11.64q
58Rossella TaroloITA11.86
63Helen MilesGBR11.88
71Olivette DaruhiVAN13.00
87Mala SakonhninhomLAO15.12

Quarter-Finals (24 September 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (13:40)

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Heike DrechslerGDR10.96Q
23Merlene OtteyJAM11.03Q
34Ulrike SarvariFRG11.16Q
46Pauline DavisBAH11.21Q
57Angela BaileyCAN11.29
61Els VaderNED11.51
72Tian YumeiCHN11.55
88Françoise LerouxFRA11.75

Heat Two (13:45)

Wind1.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Evelyn AshfordUSA10.88Q=OR
23Nataliya PomoshchnikovaURS10.98Q
36Marlies GöhrGDR10.99Q
44Nelli CoomanNED11.08Q
51Angella IssajenkoCAN11.27
62Joanna SmolarekPOL11.35
77Angela WilliamsTTO11.45
88Amparo CaicedoCOL11.65

Heat Three (13:50)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Florence Griffith JoynerUSA10.62QOR
24Juliet CuthbertJAM11.03Q
36Lyudmila KondratyevaURS11.05Q
43Silke MöllerGDR11.10Q
51Simmone JacobsGBR11.31
68Laurence BilyFRA11.35
72Andrea ThomasFRG11.37
87Dinah YankeyGHA11.63

Heat Four (13:55)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Aneliya VechernikovaBUL10.96Q
23Gwen TorrenceUSA10.99Q
36Grace JacksonJAM11.13Q
45Marina ZhirovaURS11.14Q
58Paula DunnGBR11.37
61Kerry JohnsonAUS11.42
72Sabine RichterFRG11.59
87Julie RocheleauCAN11.75

Semi-Finals (25 September 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:00)

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Evelyn AshfordUSA10.99Q
23Aneliya VechernikovaBUL11.00Q
35Gwen TorrenceUSA11.02Q
42Juliet CuthbertJAM11.10Q
58Silke MöllerGDR11.12
64Marlies GöhrGDR11.13
77Lyudmila KondratyevaURS11.21
81Marina ZhirovaURS11.24

Heat Two (12:05)

Wind2.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Florence Griffith JoynerUSA10.70wQ
26Heike DrechslerGDR10.91wQ
34Nataliya PomoshchnikovaURS11.03wQ
42Grace JacksonJAM11.06wQ
57Ulrike SarvariFRG11.12w
61Pauline DavisBAH11.12w
78Nelli CoomanNED11.13w
DNS3Merlene OtteyJAM

Final (25 September 1988 — 13:50)

Wind3.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Florence Griffith JoynerUSA10.54w0.131
26Evelyn AshfordUSA10.83w0.176
35Heike DrechslerGDR10.85w0.143
48Grace JacksonJAM10.97w0.168
51Gwen TorrenceUSA10.97w0.148
62Nataliya PomoshchnikovaURS11.00w0.141
77Juliet CuthbertJAM11.26w0.165
84Aneliya VechernikovaBUL11.49w0.140