Summer Olympics 1988 in Seoul
In 1988, the Summer Olympic Games were first organized in the Korean peninsula - in Seoul. In terms of organization, they meet the high standards of these sporting events in Asia, Japan has given to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In Olympics 160 countries took part in Seoul. To connect to the Olympic Movement began to dwarf even the State Oceanic. In particular, for the first time at the Olympics team arrived in Vanuatu, Aruba, American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Guam, Samoa and South Yemen. Not without political scandals games. The problem was the very organization of the competition in Seoul. North Korea claimed to be carrying out some kinds of sports games on its territory, but was refused. As a result, North Korea announced a boycott of the games, and decided not to send them to their athletes. However, North Korea did not support most of the Soviet bloc. The USSR found it impossible to miss a second consecutive year after the Olympics boycott the games in Los Angeles. As a result of the protest North Korea supported only 3 countries - Cuba, Ethiopia and Nicaragua. Albania, Madagascar and Seychelles also sent their teams to the games, but has not announced an official boycott. First place in the Soviet Union won the unofficial team standings. Performance in Seoul was the last sporting triumph for the Soviet Union at the games. On this great Olympics were Soviet athletes, shifting from a podium Americans, traditionally strong in the running and jumping. Gold medals have brought Soviet Union national basketball team, football and handball, as well as the women's volleyball team. Traditionally, high level of training showed Soviet gymnasts. Men's and women's teams received gold in the team competition. Several gold medals won the Soviet weightlifters and wrestlers. The second place was won by the GDR team. Most medals German Republic brought the rowers, cyclists and especially swimmers won 11 gold medals. The United States took only third place, receiving only a fraction of the expected medals. The success accompanied the American swimmers, athletes and boxers.