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Boxer Eduard Paululum was justifiably proud, being the first athlete from Vanuatu to appear at the Olympic Games. But on 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.
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.
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 semi-finals 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.
Pingpong joy for home team
South Korea's Yoo Nam-kyu beat his compatriot Kim Ki-taik to win the first table tennis gold medal.
In her Grand Slam-winning year, Steffi Graf added an Olympic gold to her wins at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. The win marked the return of tennis to the Games after a 64-year absence.
The Olympic spirit
Lawrence Lemieux was involved in one of the great moments in sport when he passed up the chance of a certain medal to aid a fellow sailor. Canadian Lemieux was in second place in his race when the wind picked up and Singapore sailors Joseph Chan and Shaw Her-siew were thrown from their boat. They could not correct their vessel and seeing they were in trouble, Lemieux broke away from the race to help. He pulled them out of the water before waiting to transfer them to a patrol boat. He rejoined his race and came home 22nd, but was later awarded a silver medal along with the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for Sportsmanship.