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Art Competitions at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Mixed Literature, Lyric Works

Art Competitions at the 1928 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Municipal Museum, Amsterdam
Date Started: May 17, 1928
Date Finished: August 12, 1928

Gold: POL Kazimierz Wierzyński
Silver: GER Rudolf Binding
Bronze: DEN Johannes Weltzer

Summary

Since the submitted works could only include 20,000 words, several chapters could be submitted from recently published books. Overall, the jury had to evaluate 40 literary works by 34 authors from 10 countries.

The gold medal in the category “Lyric Works” was given to Polish writer Kazimierz Wierzyński for his impressionistic poem about famous long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi, called Laur Olimpijski (Olympic Bay Leaf).

The silver medal went to German Rudolf Binding for his Reitvorschrift für eine Geliebte (Riding Provision for a Mistress). The script consisted of “a series of 45 designated short, highly stylized prose lyricism” as the author stated. The sections were called, for example, ‘horse chit-chat’, ‘Riding is saying yes’, ‘Choice of the horse’, ‘Ride from the farm’, ‘Action of the horse’ or ‘The horse of Mohammed’. The script was reprinted several times after his death. The cover was designed by Renée Sintenis, who later also designed the Berlin Bear, nowadays the symbol of the German capital Berlin. Danish poet Johannes Weltzer wrote a poem about Charles Lindbergh and received the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Kazimierz Wierzyński 33 Poland POL Gold Laur Olimpijski
2 Rudolf Binding 60 Germany GER Silver Reitvorschrift für eine Geliebte
3 Johannes Weltzer 28 Denmark DEN Bronze Symphonia Héroïca, Charles Lindberg tilegnet
AC H. J. Ken Austria AUT Siegeskränze
AC Willy Meisl 32 Austria AUT Sport-Essay
AC Ludwig Valentich Austria AUT Der Moderne Sport
AC Tony Schaller Belgium BEL L'Exploit Olympien
AC M. Verdonck Belgium BEL Education Esthétique Populaire et Education Physique
AC Het Lichtet Overal Belgium BEL Lofzang aan de Sport
AC Aage Hermann 40 Denmark DEN Bryderen Ursus
AC Émile Moussat 42 France FRA L'Athlète Brisé
AC Et quasi cursores vitaï lampada tradunt France FRA Les Glanes Sacrées
AC Gerhart Drabsch 25 Germany GER Das Deutsche Olympia
AC Karl Schenk Germany GER Speerkampf
AC Tella tuta bonis metuenda supremis Italy ITA Dédalo e Icaro
AC Edward Koster 66 Netherlands NED Sportlied in het Stadion
AC Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer 63 Poland POL Le Discobole
AC Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer 63 Poland POL Le Tournoi de Janossik
AC Willy Favez Switzerland SUI Le Combat
AC Voittout Switzerland SUI La Défaite