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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 31, 1928
Date Finished: July 31, 1928

Gold: POL Halina Konopacka
Silver: USA Lillian Copeland
Bronze: SWE Ruth Svedberg

Summary

This was the first women's athletics event contested at the Modern Olympic Games. The favorite was Poland's Halina Konopacka who had bettered the world record five times between May 1925 and September 1927, not all of them ratified. She had also won the FSFI Women's World Games in 1926. In the qualifying she threw 39.17 (128-6¼), only one centimeter off her world record, but she improved to 39.62 (130-0) in the final for a world record and gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Halina Konopacka 28 Poland POL Gold WR
2 Lillian Copeland 23 United States USA Silver
3 Ruth Svedberg 25 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Milly Reuter 23 Germany GER
5 Grete Heublein 20 Germany GER
6 Liesl Perkaus 22 Austria AUT
7 Maybelle Reichardt 20 United States USA
8 Genowefa Kobielska 22 Poland POL
9 Charlotte Mäder 22 Germany GER
10 Lucienne Velu 26 France FRA
11 Lena Michaëlis 22 Netherlands NED
12 Paula Mollenhauer 19 Germany GER
13 Piera Borsani 18 Italy ITA
14 Elfrīda Karlsone 24 Latvia LAT
15 Rena MacDonald 23 United States USA
16 Erzsébet Ruda 23 Hungary HUN
17 Bets Dekens 21 Netherlands NED
18 Berta Jikeli 17 Romania ROU
19 Margaret Jenkins 24 United States USA
20 Lucie Petit-Diagre 26 Belgium BEL
21 Jenny Toitgans 23 Belgium BEL