Timeline History

Olympics History Timeline 1981 - 1990



Year Venue and Date Medal count Records Nations participating Athletes participating No. of Events News Main Events
1981            
1982          
1983         The Best Olympics Ever?
The Best Olympics Ever?
1984 Los Angeles, California, United States

July 28 - August 12
The United States finished in first position in the final medal rankings, with 83 gold and 174 total medals.

Romania finished in second position in the final medal rankings, with 20 gold medals and 53 medals overall.
Victor Davis sets a new world record in winning the gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke in swimming.

140 6,797 221 in 23 sports Despite Soviet boycott, record number of athletes and nations, 6 million spectators, and largest TV audience in history. American Joan Benoit wins first women's Olympic marathon. Carl Lewis wins 4 golds in track and field, matching Jesse Owens' long-standing record. Carl Lewis makes his first appearance in the Olympics of 4 and equals the performance of Jesse Owens of 1936 and wins four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x400m relay and the Long Jump.
1985        
1986            
1987            
1988 Seoul, South Korea

September 17 - October 2
USSR finished in first position in the final medal rankings, with 55 gold medals and 132 medals overall.

East Germany finished in second position in the final medal rankings, with 37 gold medals and 102 medals overall.
  159 8,465 263 in 27 sports 9,600 athletes, including American Florence Griffith Joyner, who captures 3 golds. Anthony Nesty of Surinam sets Olympic 100-meter butterfly record, the first Black swimming champion and Surinam's first medalist. Ben Johnson of Canada and 10 other competitors disqualified for using performance-enhancing drugs. Matt Biondi wins 7 gold medals in swimming; Greg Louganis earns golds in platform and springboard diving. Ben Johnson wins the 100 m in a new world record, but is disqualified after tests positive for stanozolol.

Christa Rothenburger becomes the first (and last) athlete to win Olympic medals at the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics in the same year. She adds a cycling silver to the speed skating gold she won earlier in the year in Calgary.
1989           The Olympic Marathons 1896 to 1988
The Olympic Marathons 1896 to 1988
1990            
Year Venue and Date Medal count Records Nations participating Athletes participating No. of Events News Main Events


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