1928 Summer Olympics

1928 Summer Olympics

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1928 Summer Olympics
Olympiad IX
Host City Amsterdam, Holland
# Nations 46
Events 109
Sports 14
Males 2,724
Females 290
Total Athletes 3,014
Stadium Olympisch Stadion

The 1928 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the IX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was held in 1928 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Amsterdam had bid for the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, but had to give way to war-victim Antwerp, Belgium and Pierre de Coubertin's Paris, respectively. The only other candidate city for the 1928 Games was Los Angeles, which would host the Olympics four years later.

The United States Olympic Committee measured the costs and revenue of the 1928 Games in preparation for the 1932 Summer Olympics. The committee reported a total cost of US$1.183 million with receipts of US$1.165 million for a loss of US$18,000 - much less than that of the previous Games.[1]



  • For the first time, the Olympic Flame was lit during the Olympics. The torch relay, however, would not occur until the 1936 Summer Olympics.
  • For the first time, the parade of nations started with Greece, which holds the origins of the Olympics, and ended with the host country, a tradition which continues today.
  • Athletics events were held on a 400 metre track and would become the standard for athletics tracks.
  • These games were the first to feature a standard schedule of 16 days, which is still followed. Previously, competition was stretched out over several months.
  • Paavo Nurmi of Finland won his ninth and final gold medal, in the 10,000 m race.
  • Canada's Percy Williams surprised everyone by winning both the 100 m and 200 m sprint events.
  • These games were the first to bear the name "Summer Olympic Games".
  • Germany returned to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1912, after being banned from the 1920 and 1924 Games. The German team finished second in the 1928 medal count.

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Medal summary

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Canada Percy Williams (CAN) Great Britain Jack London (GBR) Germany Georg Lammers (GER)
200 metres Canada Percy Williams (CAN) Great Britain Walter Rangeley (GBR) Germany Helmut Körnig (GER)
400 metres United States Ray Barbuti (USA) Canada James Ball (CAN) Germany Joachim Büchner (GER)
800 metres Great Britain Douglas Lowe (GBR) Sweden Erik Byléhn (SWE) Germany Hermann Engelhard (GER)
1500 metres Finland Harri Larva (FIN) France Jules Ladoumegue (FRA) Finland Eino Purje (FIN)
5000 metres Finland Ville Ritola (FIN) Finland Paavo Nurmi (FIN) Sweden Edvin Wide (SWE)
10000 metres Finland Paavo Nurmi (FIN) Finland Ville Ritola (FIN) Sweden Edvin Wide (SWE)
110 metre hurdles South Africa Sydney Atkinson (RSA) United States Steve Anderson (USA) United States John Collier (USA)
400 metre hurdles Great Britain David Burghley (GBR) United States Frank Cuhel (USA) United States Morgan Taylor (USA)
3000 metre steeplechase Finland Toivo Loukola (FIN) Finland Paavo Nurmi (FIN) Finland Ove Andersen (FIN)
4×100 metre relay United States United States
Frank Wykoff
James Quinn
Charles Borah
Henry Russell
Germany Germany
Georg Lammers
Richard Corts
Hubert Houben
Helmut Körnig
Great Britain Great Britain
Cyril Gill
Teddy Smouha
Walter Rangeley
Jack London
4×400 metre relay United States United States
George Baird
Frederick Alderman
Emerson Spencer
Ray Barbuti
Germany Germany
Otto Neumann
Harry Storz
Richard Krebs
Hermann Engelhard
Canada Canada
James Ball
Stanley Glover
Phil Edwards
Alexander Wilson
Decathlon Finland Paavo Yrjölä (FIN) Finland Akilles Järvinen (FIN) United States John Doherty (USA)
Marathon France Boughera El Ouafi (FRA) Chile Manuel Plaza (CHI) Finland Martti Marttelin (FIN)
Long jump United States Edward Hamm (USA) Haiti Silvio Cator (HAI) United States Alfred Bates (USA)
Triple jump Japan Mikio Oda (JPN) United States Levi Casey (USA) Finland Vilho Tuulos (FIN)
High jump United States Robert Wade King (USA) United States Benjamin Hedges (USA) France Claude Ménard (FRA)
Pole vault United States Sabin Carr (USA) United States William Droegemuller (USA) United States Charles McGinnis (USA)
Shot put United States John Kuck (USA) United States Herman Brix (USA) Germany Emil Hirschfeld (GER)
Discus throw United States Clarence Houser (USA) Finland Antero Kivi (FIN) United States James Corson (USA)
Javelin throw Sweden Erik Lundqvist (SWE) Hungary Bela Szepes (HUN) Norway Olav Sunde (NOR)
Hammer throw Ireland Pat O'Callaghan (IRL) Sweden Ossian Skiöld (SWE) United States Edmund Black (USA)

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres United States Betty Robinson (USA) Canada Bobbie Rosenfeld (CAN) Canada Ethel Smith (CAN)
800 metres Germany Lina Radke (GER) Japan Kinue Hitomi (JPN) Sweden Inga Gentzel (SWE)
4×100 metre relay Canada Canada
Myrtle Cook
Ethel Smith
Bobbie Rosenfeld
Jane Bell
United States United States
Jessica Cross
Loretta McNeil
Betty Robinson
Mary Washburn
Germany Germany
Anni Holdmann
Helene Junker
Rosa Kellner
Helene Schmidt
High jump Canada Ethel Catherwood (CAN) Netherlands Lien Gisolf (NED) United States Mildred Wiley (USA)
Discus throw Poland Halina Konopacka (POL) United States Lillian Copeland (USA) Sweden Ruth Svedberg (SWE)


  1. Zarnowski, C. Frank (Summer 1992). "A Look at Olympic Costs". Citius, Altius, Fortius 1 (1): 16–32. Retrieved on 2007-03-24.