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    Hussein Haleem: The Games changed my life


    Hussain Haleem’s life changed for good the day he became the Maldives’ first ever Olympic flag bearer, at Seoul 1988. In the latest video in our “Words of Olympians” series, the intrepid marathon runn...

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    Russian basketball


    By the time Russia took on Yugoslavia in the gold medal match at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, they could have been forgiven for thinking battle had already been won. Russia earned their place in the fi...

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    Ben Johnson


    The image from the 1988 Olympic Games indelibly etched into most people’s minds is the sight of Ben Johnson pointing skywards as he tore over the finishing line in the 100m final with a nonplussed Car...

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    Freestyle Relay


    It’s one of sport’s crying injustices that American swimmer Matt Biondi is remembered as much for one infamous defeat as he is for his phenomenal Olympic success. His tally of seven medals at a single...

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    Janet Evans


    When her rivals towered over her by the starting blocks at Seoul in 1988, they were all too aware of the dangers posed by the 17-year-old, waif-like American Janet Evans. Evans looked the very ant...

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    Kim Kwang-sun


    During the flyweight category tournament of the boxing competition at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, Kim Kwang-sun had stormed through the draw with a run of commanding victories including a domineerin...

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    Christa Luding-Rothenberger


    Track cycling and speed skating both require explosive speed and acceleration, phenomenal leg power and potentially lung-bursting endurance. It was this happy coincidence that sprang East Germany’s Ch...

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    Griffith Joyner


    Florence Griffith Joyner’s career was as brief as it was colourful. The Californian sprinter was known more for her outrageous outfits and long, painted fingernails as much as she was recognised for h...

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    Table tennis


    It’s difficult to believe given its global popularity and appeal to all age groups that table tennis only took its Olympic bow at the 1988 Games in Seoul. With the sport making its first appearance in...

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    Mark Todd


    Mark Todd’s horse Charisma was written off as too small and too old when they came to defend their three-day eventing title at the 1988 Olympics. That they were present to repeat the gold of Los Angel...


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