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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

Athletics at the 1928 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 5, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928

Gold: CAN Ethel Catherwood
Silver: NED Lien Gisolf
Bronze: USA Mildred Wiley
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The high jump had been contested internationally for women at the 1922 and 1926 Women's World Games but of the medalists from those years, only Hélène Bons, the 1926 gold medalist, was present in Amsterdam, making the event difficult to handicap. The official world record was 1.58 (5-2 7/16), set by Canadian Ethel Catherwood in 1926. At the Canadian Championships earlier in 1928, Catherwood had also cleared 1.60 (5-3), but this would not be ratified as a record. The day after that clearance, Lien Gisolf (NED) jumped 1.58 (5-2¼) in Bruxelles to equal the listed world record. The event would come down to these two and American Mildred Wiley. The three were clear thru 1.51 (4-11½) metres, but at 1.54 (5-0½) metres, Catherwood went over on her first attempt while Gisolf and Wiley required two jumps. The same was true at 1.56 (5-1¼) metres, with all three still jumping at 1.58 (5-2¼), but Catherwood won the gold medal when only she could clear that height. She then succeeded on her third attempt at 1.59 (5-2½) to break the world record.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ethel Catherwood 20 Canada CAN Gold WR
2 Lien Gisolf 17 Netherlands NED Silver OR
3 Mildred Wiley 26 United States USA Bronze OR
4 Jean Shiley 16 United States USA
5 Marjorie Clark 18 South Africa RSA
6 Helma Notte 16 Germany GER
7 Inge Braumüller 18 Germany GER
8 Kay Maguire 22 United States USA
9 Marion Holley 18 United States USA
10 Léontine Stevens 20 Belgium BEL
11 Hélène Bons France FRA
12 Lucienne Laudré 20 France FRA
13 Bride Adams-Ray 21 Sweden SWE
14 Évelyne Cloupet France FRA
15 Ann-Margret Ahlstrand 23 Sweden SWE
16 Sidonie Verschueren Belgium BEL
17 Elise Van Truyen 22 Belgium BEL
18 Elisabeth Bonetsmüller 21 Germany GER
AC r2/2 IJke Buisma 21 Netherlands NED
20 QR Irina Orendi Romania ROU