The 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, were a hotly contested affair. There was a fierce battle between the United States and Soviet Russia to win more medals. Both teams won 26 medals in athletics, but the Americans won the most gold medals. The American sprint champion won the most gold medals out of the Americans’ 13 gold medals. Florence Griffith Joyner is still live because the records set then are still intact today.
About two months before the 1988 Olympics, Florence Griffith set a new world record in the women’s 100 meters in 10.49 seconds. As a result, she became the leading athlete to win a women’s 100m gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. Griffith, who competed in the Olympics at the time, had another hope. It was to refresh Evelyn Ashford’s 100m Women’s Olympic record set in her own country.
New Olympic Records
Griffith participated in the 7th match of the preliminary round, which consisted of 8 matches and won with 10.88 seconds. At the time, the Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters was set by Evelyn Ashford in 10.97 seconds. Accordingly, in the first round, the Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters was set in front of Griffith’s name.
Easily qualifies for the finals
Griffith then competed in the third quarter-finals recorded 10.62 seconds in women 100m then in semi-finals with 10.70 seconds to qualify finals. She renewed her own Olympic record and won. By the beginning of the final’s, predictions have said she would easily grab the gold medal. Making them all correct, she won the gold medal without any challenge. Her time was recorded as 10.54 seconds, setting a new Olympic record she won the gold medal. Many tried to break, but not anyone was able to surpass it.
Wins the 200m event with a world record
Marita Koch, an East German athlete, held the world record of 200m. She has set the record in 1979 by finishing in 21.71 seconds. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, American Valerie Hooks has set an Olympic record of 21.81 seconds. As earlier prediction said, Griffith, who excelled in the women’s 200m by 1988, might surpass these records.
To the finals
Griffith, who competed in the 5th round of the preliminary round of the 200m event, finished just spending 22.51 seconds. It was the best time recorded in a first-round match. Griffith, who set a new Olympic record in the quarter-finals, set it with 21.76 seconds.
In the semi-finals, she broke the world record set by Marita Koch in the 200m with a time of 21.56 seconds.
When it came to the finals, no other player could challenge, won it without any challenge recording 21.34 seconds broke her own record to the gold. Also, to this day, no athlete has been able to break the world record set.
Two more medals in the relays
She competed in both 4×100 and 4×400 events the American team won the gold medal in 4×100 but had to satisfy with silver in the 4×400 event. Because of the triangular battle between America, Soviet Russia, and East Germany. Though America qualified to the finals recording the best time from the semi-finals, the Soviet Russians set the American dreams blurred.
The East German team held the world record for 4×100 event. In 1985 within 41.37 seconds. In the final of the event, the American athletes won the gold medal with a time of 41.98 seconds. The fall of the world champion East German team to the second place was a special event.
The athlete, who excelled at the Seoul Olympics, passed away in 1998. But the Florence Griffith Joyner name will live on forever because of the outstanding records she has set in Olympic history.