The talking point of the 1988 Seoul Olympics was the mesmerizing contest in the golden event – the men’s 100m sprint – between fierce rivals American Carl Lewis, the defending champion from 1984 and Canada’s Ben Johnson. Johnson triumphed in the world record time of 9.79 seconds, but was disqualified the next day for steroid use. His medal and world record stripped.
8,391 (6,197 men, 2,194 women) competitors from 159 nations (a new record) participated in 25 sports and 237 events over a fortnight. With the return of Eastern Block nations, the USSR recommenced its winning ways with a gold medal tally of 55 with the German Democratic Republic 2nd on 37 and USA 3rd on 36.
Apart from the sensation with the disqualification of Carl Lewis, nine other athletes were also disqualified from the Games for failing drug tests.
Table tennis was introduced and tennis re-introduced after a 64 year absence.
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