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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

Athletics at the 1928 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 1, 1928
Date Finished: August 2, 1928

Gold: GER Lina Radke-Batschauer
Silver: JPN Kinue Hitomi
Bronze: SWE Inga Gentzel

Summary

At the 1922 and 1926 FSFI Women's World Games, women ran the 1,000 metres, won by Lucie Bréard (FRA) in 1922 in 3:12.0 and by Edith Trickey (GBR) in 1926 in 3:08.8. The 1928 Olympic program added the 800 metres for women, the only race they had longer than 100 metres. Germany's Lina Radke-Batschauer set the world record of 2:23.8 in 1927, only to see it broken by Sweden's Inga Gentzel in June 1928. But shortly before the Olympics Radke-Batschauer ran 2:16.8 to take back the world record. In the final at Amsterdam, Gentzel took the lead at 200 metres and led after the first lap in 64.2 seconds. But Radke-Batschauer took over at the beginning of the final backstretch and led to the finish, with Kinue Hitomi of Japan getting the silver medal and Gentzel holding on for the bronze. Several of the women competitors were quite tired at the end of the race, not unlike many of the men at the end of 800 metres. But the sight of women so exhausted, some lying on the track, offended many of the sports officials of the time. Descriptions of the event by the women competitors, in later years, state that this did not actually occur. However, eventually the officials decided that women should not run such long distances and no women's event longer than 200 metres would be contested in an Olympics again until 1960. Hitomi would return to the FSFI Women's World Games in 1930 and win four gold medals, but she died in 1931 from tuberculosis.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lina Radke-Batschauer 24 Germany GER Gold WR
2 Kinue Hitomi 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 Inga Gentzel 20 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Jenny Thompson 17 Canada CAN
5 Bobby Rosenfeld 23 Canada CAN
6 Florence MacDonald 18 United States USA
7 Marie Dollinger 17 Germany GER
8 Gertruda Kilosówna 15 Poland POL
9 Elfriede Wever 27 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/2 Jo Mallon 22 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/2 Aat van Noort 20 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/2 Mien Duchateau 23 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/2 Elisabeth Oestreich 18 Germany GER
5 h2 r1/2 Edie Robinson 21 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/2 Ida Degrande 18 Belgium BEL
6 h1 r1/2 Dee Boeckmann 21 United States USA
6 h2 r1/2 Juliette Segers Belgium BEL
6 h3 r1/2 Marcelle Neveu 21 France FRA
7 h2 r1/2 Sébastienne Guyot 32 France FRA
7 h3 r1/2 Otylia Tabacka 20 Poland POL
8 h2 r1/2 Emy Pettersson 19 Sweden SWE
8 h3 r1/2 Josefine Lauterbach Austria AUT
9 h2 r1/2 Giannina Marchini 22 Italy ITA
9 h3 r1/2 Paula Radziulytė 22 Lithuania LTU
10 h2 r1/2 Rayma Wilson 17 United States USA