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1988 Summer Paralympics

VIII Paralympic Games
Host city Seoul, South Korea
Motto United for the Challenge (Korean: 도전에 대한 미국)
Nations participating 61
Athletes participating 3,057
Events 732 in 16 sports
Opening ceremony October 15
Closing ceremony October 24
Officially opened by President Roh Tae-Woo
Paralympic Stadium Jamsil Olympic Stadium
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The 1988 Summer Paralympics (Hangul서울 하계 패럴림픽; hanja서울 夏季 패럴림픽; RRSeoul Hagye Paeleollimpik), were the first Paralympics in 24 years to take place in the same city as the Olympic Games. They took place in Seoul, South Korea. This was the first time the term "Paralympic" came into official use.


  • Sports 1
  • Medal table 2
  • Participating delegations 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The games consisted of events in seventeen sports, including one demonstration sport, but the medals count for the official medal list. Powerlifting and weightlifting were considered to be a single sport.[1]

Medal table

The top ten listed NOCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation, South Korea, is highlighted.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 92 90 91 273
2 West Germany 76 66 51 193
3 Great Britain 64 66 53 183
4 Canada 54 42 55 151
5 France 47 44 49 140
6 Sweden 42 38 23 103
7 South Korea 40 35 19 94
8 Netherlands 31 25 30 86
9 Poland 24 25 33 83
10 Australia 23 35 38 96

Participating delegations

Sixty delegations took part in the Seoul Paralympics.[2] Burma, which had taken part in the previous Games, was absent. The Seoul Paralympics occurred mere weeks after the 8888 Uprising and the military coup which brought the State Peace and Development Council to power. Burma would return as Myanmar in 1992.[3]

The Soviet Union made its Summer Paralympic début, having previously taken part in the 1988 Winter Paralympics. It was not only the USSR's first participation in the Summer Games, but was also to be its last, as the Union was dissolved prior to the 1992 Summer Paralympics. It won a total of 56 medals, of which 21 gold.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "1988 Seoul".  
  2. ^ "Medal Standings - Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games".  
  3. ^ Burma at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ Soviet Union at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee

External links

  • International Paralympic Committee

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