| Event type

800 metres, Women

Date24 – 26 September 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants29 from 20 countries

The East German “twins” Sigrun Wodars and Christine Wachtel were ranked #1 and #2 in the world in 1987, and their career developed almost in parallel. They had been 1-2 at the 1987 World Championships, Wodars winning. But the top runner in 1988 was Cuban Ana Fidelia Quirot, who could not compete in Seoul because Cuba was one of the few boycotting nations that year. Wodars and Wachtel won their semi-finals and were favored in the final. They took the lead together, with Wodars slightly ahead thru 600 metres. Wachtel then took over, but Wodars passed her in the stretch for the gold medal. America’s Kim Gallagher, silver medalist in 1984, came on strongly for the bronze after looking like she might catch Wachtel.

1290Sigrun WodarsGDR2:02.24 (1 h3)1:57.21 (1 h1)1:56.10 (1)Gold
2289Christine WachtelGDR2:00.62 (1 h2)1:58.44 (1 h2)1:56.64 (2)Silver
3567Kim GallagherUSA2:01.70 (1 h4)1:57.39 (2 h1)1:56.91 (3)Bronze
4605Slobodanka ČolovićYUG2:01.80 (2 h1)1:58.49 (3 h1)1:57.50 (4)
5566Delisa Walton-FloydUSA2:02.37 (2 h3)1:58.82 (2 h2)1:58.70 (5)
6520Inna YevseyevaURS2:01.59 (1 h1)1:59.10 (3 h2)1:59.37 (6)
7141Maite ZúñigaESP2:00.98 (4 h2)1:58.85 (4 h1)1:59.82 (7)
8217Diane EdwardsGBR2:01.79 (2 h4)1:59.66 (4 h2)2:00.77 (8)
5 h1 r2/3252Kirsty WadeGBR2:02.75 (5 h3)2:00.86 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3189Gaby LeschFRG2:00.95 (3 h2)1:59.85 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/342Soraya TellesBRA2:02.48 (3 h3)2:01.86 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3209Shireen BaileyGBR2:02.36 (3 h1)1:59.94 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3559Joetta ClarkUSA2:00.83 (2 h2)2:03.32 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3535Dalia MatusevičienėURS2:02.57 (4 h3)2:00.15 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3542Nadezhda OlizarenkoURS2:01.81 (3 h4)2:05.27 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3486Letitia VriesdeSUR2:01.83 (4 h4)2:02.34 (8 h2)
4 h1 r1/3368Sharon PowellJAM2:03.49 (4 h1)
5 h1 r1/3139Montserrat PujolESP2:03.73 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/363Mary BurzminskiCAN2:02.85 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/32Hassiba BoulmerkaALG2:03.33 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/3388Choi Se-BeomKOR2:06.65 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3333Shiny AbrahamIND2:03.26 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3126Maureen StewartCRC2:08.17 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/361Renée BélangerCAN2:04.74 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/3117Assumpta Achuo-BeiCMR2:07.10 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3420Maria MutolaMOZ2:04.36 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/34Laverne BryanANT2:12.18 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/3608Christine BakomboCOD2:11.00 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3422Sheila SeebaluckMRI2:08.93 (8 h2)
DNS134Rosa ColoradoESP– (DNS h4)
DNS100Sun SumeiCHN– (DNS h3)

Round One (24 September 1988)

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

Heat One (14:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Inna YevseyevaURS2:01.59Q
21Slobodanka ČolovićYUG2:01.80Q
32Shireen BaileyGBR2:02.36Q
46Sharon PowellJAM2:03.49
53Montserrat PujolESP2:03.73
67Choi Se-BeomKOR2:06.65
75Assumpta Achuo-BeiCMR2:07.10
88Christine BakomboCOD2:11.00

Heat Two (14:15)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Christine WachtelGDR2:00.62Q
24Joetta ClarkUSA2:00.83Q
31Gaby LeschFRG2:00.95Q
43Maite ZúñigaESP2:00.98q
56Mary BurzminskiCAN2:02.85
65Shiny AbrahamIND2:03.26
77Maria MutolaMOZ2:04.36
88Sheila SeebaluckMRI2:08.93

Heat Three (14:20)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Sigrun WodarsGDR2:02.24Q
27Delisa Walton-FloydUSA2:02.37Q
33Soraya TellesBRA2:02.48Q
41Dalia MatusevičienėURS2:02.57q
55Kirsty WadeGBR2:02.75q
68Maureen StewartCRC2:08.17
74Laverne BryanANT2:12.18
DNS6Sun SumeiCHN

Heat Four (14:25)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Kim GallagherUSA2:01.70Q
23Diane EdwardsGBR2:01.79Q
37Nadezhda OlizarenkoURS2:01.81Q
41Letitia VriesdeSUR2:01.83q
56Hassiba BoulmerkaALG2:03.33
65Renée BélangerCAN2:04.74
DNS4Rosa ColoradoESP

Semi-Finals (24 September 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (14:20)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Sigrun WodarsGDR1:57.21Q
25Kim GallagherUSA1:57.39Q
32Slobodanka ČolovićYUG1:58.49Q
43Maite ZúñigaESP1:58.85Q
54Kirsty WadeGBR2:00.86
66Soraya TellesBRA2:01.86
71Joetta ClarkUSA2:03.32
88Nadezhda OlizarenkoURS2:05.27

Heat Two (14:25)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Christine WachtelGDR1:58.44Q
22Delisa Walton-FloydUSA1:58.82Q
36Inna YevseyevaURS1:59.10Q
47Diane EdwardsGBR1:59.66Q
53Gaby LeschFRG1:59.85
61Shireen BaileyGBR1:59.94
78Dalia MatusevičienėURS2:00.15
85Letitia VriesdeSUR2:02.34

Final (26 September 1988 — 13:25)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Sigrun WodarsGDR1:56.10
24Christine WachtelGDR1:56.64
33Kim GallagherUSA1:56.91
45Slobodanka ČolovićYUG1:57.50
52Delisa Walton-FloydUSA1:58.701
68Inna YevseyevaURS1:59.37
77Maite ZúñigaESP1:59.82
81Diane EdwardsGBR2:00.77


400 m56.4Sigrun Wodars-Grau