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1928 Amsterdam Summer Games

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands (May 17, 1928 to August 12, 1928)
Opening Ceremony: July 28, 1928 (opened by His Royal Highness Prince Hendrik)
Taker of the Olympic Oath: Harry Dénis (athlete)
Closing Ceremony: August 12, 1928
Events: 122 in 17 sports

Participants: 3,248 (2,937 men and 311 women) from 46 countries
Youngest Participant: ITA Luigina Giavotti (11 years, 301 days)
Oldest Participant: AUT Arthur von Pongracz (64 years, 46 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): SUI Hermann Hänggi and SUI Georges Miez (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (56 medals)

Overview

The 1928 Olympics were an unusual event in that no single athlete dominated. Paavo Nurmi was back and he won three more medals, but only one of them was gold. Johnny Weissmuller was back and again won two gold medals. The 1928 Olympic Games began with a minor controversy, when the Netherlands' Queen Wilhelmina refused to attend the opening ceremonies, reportedly because of her oppposition to Sunday competitions. The Games were instead opened by His Royal Highness Prince Hendrik. During the Games, there was no Olympic Village, and none was necessary, because many of the teams boarded their athletes on ships moored in Amsterdam Harbour.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 22 18 16 56
2 Germany 11 9 19 39
3 Finland 8 8 9 25
4 France 7 12 6 25
5 Sweden 7 6 12 25
6 Netherlands 8 10 5 23
7 Great Britain 4 11 7 22
8 Italy 7 6 7 20
9 Switzerland 7 6 4 17
10 Canada 4 4 7 15
11 Hungary 5 5 0 10
12 Denmark 3 2 4 9
13 Czechoslovakia 2 5 2 9
14 Argentina 3 3 1 7
15 Poland 2 1 4 7
16 Japan 2 2 1 5
17 Estonia 2 1 2 5
18 Yugoslavia 1 1 3 5
19 Austria 3 0 1 4
20 Egypt 2 1 1 4
21 Australia 1 2 1 4
22 Norway 1 2 1 4
23 South Africa 1 0 2 3
24 Belgium 0 1 2 3
25 New Zealand 1 0 0 1
26 Uruguay 1 0 0 1
27 India 1 0 0 1
28 Ireland 1 0 0 1
29 Spain 1 0 0 1
30 Luxembourg 1 0 0 1
31 Chile 0 1 0 1
32 Haiti 0 1 0 1
33 Philippines 0 0 1 1
34 Portugal 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Georges Miez (SUI) 3 1 0 4
2 Hermann Hänggi (SUI) 2 1 1 4
3 Lucien Gaudin (FRA) 2 1 0 3
4 Eugen Mack (SUI) 2 0 1 3
5 Ladislav Vácha (TCH) 1 2 0 3
6 Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 1 2 0 3
7 Leon Štukelj (YUG) 1 0 2 3
8 Emanuel Löffler (TCH) 0 2 1 3
9 Joyce Cooper (GBR) 0 1 2 3
10 Charles Pahud de Mortanges (NED) 2 0 0 2
11 Carl von Langen-Parow (GER) 2 0 0 2
12 Henry Hansen (DEN) 2 0 0 2
13 Ödön von Tersztyánszky (HUN) 2 0 0 2
14 Martha Norelius (USA) 2 0 0 2
15 Albina Osipowich (USA) 2 0 0 2
16 Pete Desjardins (USA) 2 0 0 2
17 George Kojac (USA) 2 0 0 2
18 Johnny Weissmuller (USA) 2 0 0 2
19 Percy Williams (CAN) 2 0 0 2
20 Ray Barbuti (USA) 2 0 0 2
21 Gerard de Kruijff (NED) 1 1 0 2
22 Attila Petschauer (HUN) 1 1 0 2
23 Oreste Puliti (ITA) 1 1 0 2
24 Zus Philipsen-Braun (NED) 1 1 0 2
25 Eleanor Garatti-Saville (USA) 1 1 0 2
26 Walter Laufer (USA) 1 1 0 2
27 Erich Rademacher (GER) 1 1 0 2
28 Bobby Rosenfeld (CAN) 1 1 0 2
29 Ville Ritola (FIN) 1 1 0 2
30 Betty Robinson (USA) 1 1 0 2
31 Willy Falck Hansen (DEN) 1 0 1 2
32 Giulio Gaudini (ITA) 1 0 1 2
33 Arne Borg (SWE) 1 0 1 2
34 Josephine McKim (USA) 1 0 1 2
35 Ethel Smith (CAN) 1 0 1 2
36 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein (NED) 0 2 0 2
37 Frank Southall (GBR) 0 2 0 2
38 Géo Buchard (FRA) 0 2 0 2
39 Boy Charlton (AUS) 0 2 0 2
40 Ellen King (GBR) 0 2 0 2
41 Michał Antoniewicz (POL) 0 1 1 2
42 Ragnar Olson (SWE) 0 1 1 2
43 Bino Bini (ITA) 0 1 1 2
44 Jože Primožič (YUG) 0 1 1 2
45 Farid Simaika (EGY) 0 1 1 2
46 Katsuo Takaishi (JPN) 0 1 1 2
47 Georgia Coleman (USA) 0 1 1 2
48 Mickey Galitzen (USA) 0 1 1 2
49 Jimmy Ball (CAN) 0 1 1 2
50 Jack London (GBR) 0 1 1 2
51 Walter Rangeley (GBR) 0 1 1 2
52 Hermann Engelhard (GER) 0 1 1 2
53 Helmut Körnig (GER) 0 1 1 2
54 Georg Lammers (GER) 0 1 1 2
55 Jacques Lambert (FRA) 0 1 1 2
56 Gösta Carlsson (SWE) 0 0 2 2
57 Stane Derganc (YUG) 0 0 2 2
58 Edvin Wide (SWE) 0 0 2 2

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