1988 Summer Olympics medals
LocationSeoul,  South Korea
Most gold medals Soviet Union (55)
Most total medals Soviet Union (132)

This is the full table of the medal table of the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul.

These rankings sort by the number of gold medals earned by a country. The number of silvers is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically. This follows the system used by the IOC, IAAF and BBC.

Athletes from 52 countries won medals, leaving 108 countries without a medal. The Soviet Union utterly dominated the medal count, winning 55 gold and 132 total medals. The results that got closest to that medal haul are China's 48 gold medals in 2008 and the USA's 121 total medals in 2016.

  *   Host nation (South Korea)

1 Soviet Union553146132
2 East Germany373530102
3 United States36312794
4 South Korea*12101133
5 West Germany11141540
6 Hungary116623
7 Bulgaria10121335
8 Romania711624
9 France64616
10 Italy64414
11 China5111228
12 Great Britain510924
13 Kenya5229
14 Japan43714
15 Australia36514
16 Yugoslavia34512
17 Czechoslovakia3328
18 New Zealand32813
19 Canada32510
20 Poland25916
21 Norway2305
22 Netherlands2259
23 Denmark2114
24 Brazil1236
25 Finland1124
27 Turkey1102
28 Morocco1023
29 Austria1001
32 Sweden04711
33 Switzerland0224
34 Jamaica0202
35 Argentina0112
36 Chile0101
 Costa Rica0101
 Netherlands Antilles0101
 Virgin Islands0101
44 Belgium0022
46 Colombia0011
Totals (52 nations)241234264739

Change By Doping

Main article: List of stripped Olympic medals

Olympics Athlete Country Medal Event Ref
1988 Summer Olympics Mitko Grablev  Bulgaria 1st place, gold medalist(s) Weightlifting, Men's 56 kg [1]
Angel Guenchev 1st place, gold medalist(s) Weightlifting, Men's 67.5 kg [1]
Ben Johnson  Canada 1st place, gold medalist(s) Athletics, Men's 100 m [2]
Andor Szanyi  Hungary 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Weightlifting, Men's 100 kg [3]


  1. ^ a b Johnson, William Oscar; Moore, Kenny (October 3, 1988). "The Loser". Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ "1988: Johnson stripped of Olympic gold". BBC News. September 27, 1988.
  3. ^ "The Seoul Olympics – Weight Lifter Used Drug". The New York Times. September 29, 1988.