|East Germany at the|
1988 Summer Olympics
|NOC||National Olympic Committee of the GDR|
|Competitors||259 (157 men, 102 women) in 16 sports|
|Flag bearer||Ulf Timmermann|
| Medals |
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
Athletes from East Germany (German Democratic Republic) competed at the Olympic Games for the last time as an independent nation at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Following German reunification in 1990, a single German team would compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics. 259 competitors, 157 men and 102 women, took part in 157 events in 16 sports.The team was officially announced on 3 September 1988.
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Men's 5,000 metres
Men's 10,000 metres
Men's 4 × 400 m relay
Men's 3.000 m steeplechase
Men's javelin throw
Men's discus throw
Men's shot put
Men's hammer throw
Men's 20 km walk
Men's 50 km walk
Women's 4 × 100 m relay
Women's 4 × 400 m relay
Women's discus throw
Women's javelin throw
Women's shot put
Men's bantamweight (54 kg)
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Men's 100 m freestyle
Men's 200 m freestyle
Men's 400 m freestyle
Men's 1500 m freestyle
Men's 100 m backstroke
Men's 200 m backstroke
Men's 100 m breaststroke
Men's 200 m breaststroke
Men's 200 m individual medley
Men's 400 m individual medley
Men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay
Men's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay
Women's 50 m freestyle
Women's 100 m freestyle
Women's 200 m freestyle
Women's 400 m freestyle
Women's 800 m freestyle
Women's 100 m backstroke
Women's 200 m backstroke
Women's 100 m breaststroke
Women's 200 m breaststroke
Women's 100 m butterfly
Women's 200 m butterfly
Women's 200 m individual medley
Women's 400 m individual medley
Women's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay
Women's 4 × 100 m medley relay
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