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**The 1988 Games was held at Seoul, South Korea, which had a population
of about 9 million. It was the most populous city to host the Games.
** Tennis was introduced in the 1988 Games for the first time since 1924.
** There were an estimated 16, 000 media personnel during the 1988 Games.
** A new Olympic flag was hoisted in the 1988 Games since the old one,
which was used since 1920 had been fading away.
** Some of the pigeons, which had been released during the opening
ceremony in the 1988 Games were caught in the rush of the Olympic flame in the stadium.
** East German swimmer Kristin Otto during the 1988 Games won a record
eight gold medals - a record by any woman, in any sport in the history of the Games.
** East German swimmer Kristin Otto in 1988 at Seoul became the first
swimmer to win titles at three different strokes in the same Games.
** Vladimir Salnikov of the Soviet Union became the only swimmer to regain
a title eight years after winning the 1500 freestyle event in 1980 and 1988.
** American Greg Louganis in the 1988 Games became the first male diver to
do the double 'double" when he successfully defended the springboard and platform titles he won in 1984. He achieved this feat at Seoul despite hitting his head on the board during a dive in the springboard preliminaries.
** Surinam's Anthony Nestor became the first South American and the first
black swimmer to win a swimming gold, when he won the 100m butterfly in
the 1988 Games.
** American Kenny Monday in the 1988 Games became the first black
competitor to win a wrestling gold.
** By winning the silver medal in the women's sprint cycling in the 1988
Games, East German Christa Luding became the first competitor in Olympic
history to win medals in the Summer and Winter Games in the same year. She
had won a speed skating gold and silver at Calgary just seven month
** One South Korean boxer Byun Jong-Il during the 1988 Games refused to
leave the ring after the decision went against him in his bantamweight bout, and remained there for over an hour!