Games of the XXV Olympiad
Men’s basketball was open to all professionals, and the US sent a “Dream Team” that included Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Gymnast Vitaly Scherbo won six gold medals, including a record four in one day. Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia won the 10,000m run to become the first female black African Olympic champion. Her victory lap with silver medalist Elana Meyer, a white South African, symbolised hope for the future of the Olympic Movement.
Participating Nations: 169
Participants: 9,356 athletes (2,704 women, 6,652 men)
The top three winners were: Unified Team (ex-USSR), United States of America and Germany