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Women High Jump at 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea

It was decided in 1981 itself that the South Korean capital of Seoul would host the Olympics in 1988. The closest competitor of Seoul was the Japanese city of Nagoya. The Seoul Olympics was officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad. The games began on September 17, 1988 and continued till October 2, 1988. The then President of South Korea Roh Taewoo inaugurated the games at the Olympic Stadium. The final of the Women’s High Jump at 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea on September 30, 1988.

Special features of Women's High Jump

The Women’s High Jump at 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea with two first-round heats. The top six athletes from each heat qualified for the final.

Participants of Women's High Jump

The final of the event included the top 12 athletes. To name a few, the participants were Tamara Bykova and Olga Turchak of Soviet Union, Christine Tanton of Australia, Galina Astafei of Romania and Kim Hee-Sun of Korea. The event also included Stefka Kostadinova and Lyudmila Andonova of Bulgaria, Diana Davies of Great Britain and Maryse Ewanje-Epee of France.

The Winners

The winner of the Women’s High Jump at 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea was the athlete from the United States, Louise Ritter. The American athletes have always set a benchmark in the track and field events in the Olympic games. Ritter held the American flag high by winning the gold medal in the event. Ritter won the title by covering a distance of 2.03 meters. Ritter’s performance earned her great reviews and appreciation from the audience and from the experts. The athlete from Bulgaria, Stefka Kostadinova won the silver medal. Though Kostadinova made a great jump, she narrowly missed the mark set by the winner, Louise Ritter. Kostadinova covered a distance of 2.01 meters. The bronze medallist in the event was Tamara Bykova of Soviet Union by covering a distance of 1.99 meters