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Seoul 1988 - Quick hits


Boxer Eduard Paululum was justifiably proud, being the first athlete from Vanuatu to appear at the Olympic Games. But the morning of his bout, instead of eating after the weigh-in, the bantamweight contender decided to have a hearty breakfast beforehand. Unfortunately, he was too heavy at the weigh-in to be considered for the contest and the officials had no choice but to disqualify him.


Sore loser Byun Jong-il of South Korea staged a 67-minute sit-in protest after his boxing loss to Bulgaria's Alexander Hristov. Byun felt he had been cheated by New Zealand referee Keith Walker, who docked him points for using his head. Walker was later attacked in the ring by Korean boxing officials and security guards.

Civil asylum

Born Naim Suleymanov in Bulgaria, then renamed Shalamanov in 1985, ethnic Turk Naim Suleymanoglu won the first of his three weightlifting golds in Turkey's colors. The changing of his name, nationality and civil status was a decision which was taken by Suleymanoglu himself after he sought political asylum in Turkey. He was subsequently banned from competition for a year and the Turkish government had to hand over a sum of $1 million to Bulgaria before he could compete again.

Close contests

In the clay-pigeon shooting event, the Soviet Union's Dmytro Monakov and Czechoslovakia's Miroslav Bednarik were involved in one of the most exciting finals ever. In the semifinals they gave notice of their almost inseparable ability when they both finished with 197 points. In the final, again, both men finished tied (222). Extra time with sudden death was finally needed to separate the two men and Monakov won the final with his eighth shot.


South Korea's Yoo Nam Kyu beat his compatriot Kim Ki Taik to win the first table tennis gold medal.

Grand Slam

In her Grand Slam-winning year, Steffi Graf added an Olympic gold to her wins at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The win marked the return of tennis to the Games after a 64-year absence.

Copyright 2008 Agence France-Presse.

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