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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date Started: July 29, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928
Events: 27

Participants: 706 (611 men and 95 women) from 40 countries
Youngest Participant: POL Gertruda Kilosówna (15 years, 174 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Carl Johan Lind (45 years, 66 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): FIN Paavo Nurmi (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (25 medals)


The biggest story of the 1928 Olympic track & field was that women were allowed to compete for the first time. After they were denied the chance to compete in Olympic track & field, the Fédération Sportive Feminine International (FSFI) was formed in 1922 and sponsored women’s international athletics competitions in Paris in 1922 and in Göteborg in 1926. Spurred on by this competing organization, the IAAF relented and allowed women to compete in Amsterdam in five events – the 100 metres, 800 metres, 4x100 relay, high jump, and discus throw. In the 800 metres, the event was won by German [Lina Radke], but several of the women in the event collapsed in exhaustion after the race, not unlike the men. But the IOC and IAAF considered this dangerous to women, and women would not run more than 200 metres at the Olympics again until 1960. In the sprints, Canada’s [Percy Williams] became the first non-American to win the 100/200 double. Finland continued to star in the distance races, winning all the events longer than 800 metres, with [Paavo Nurmi] back winning gold in the 10K and silver in the steeplechase.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres CAN Percy Williams GBR Jack London GER Georg Lammers
Men's 200 metres CAN Percy Williams GBR Walter Rangeley GER Helmut Körnig
Men's 400 metres USA Ray Barbuti CAN Jimmy Ball GER Jochen Büchner
Men's 800 metres GBR Douglas Lowe SWE Erik Byléhn GER Hermann Engelhard
Men's 1,500 metres FIN Harri Larva FRA Jules Ladoumègue FIN Eino Purje
Men's 5,000 metres FIN Ville Ritola FIN Paavo Nurmi SWE Edvin Wide
Men's 10,000 metres FIN Paavo Nurmi FIN Ville Ritola SWE Edvin Wide
Men's Marathon FRA Boughera El Ouafi CHI Manuel Plaza FIN Martti Marttelin
Men's 110 metres Hurdles RSA Sid Atkinson USA Steve Anderson USA John Collier
Men's 400 metres Hurdles GBR David, Lord Burghley USA Frank Cuhel USA Morgan Taylor
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase FIN Toivo Loukola FIN Paavo Nurmi FIN Ove Andersen
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay USA United States GER Germany GBR Great Britain
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States GER Germany CAN Canada
Men's High Jump USA Bob King USA Ben Hedges FRA Claude Ménard
Men's Pole Vault USA Sabin Carr USA Bill Droegemueller USA Charles McGinnis
Men's Long Jump USA Ed Hamm HAI Sylvio Cator USA Al Bates
Men's Triple Jump JPN Mikio Oda USA Lee Casey FIN Ville Tuulos
Men's Shot Put USA Johnny Kuck USA Herman Brix GER Emil Hirschfeld
Men's Discus Throw USA Bud Houser FIN Antero Kivi USA Jim Corson
Men's Hammer Throw IRL Pat O'Callaghan SWE Ossian Skiöld USA Ed Black
Men's Javelin Throw SWE Erik Lundqvist HUN Béla Szepes NOR Olav Sunde
Men's Decathlon FIN Paavo Yrjölä FIN Akilles Järvinen USA Ken Doherty
Women's 100 metres USA Betty Robinson CAN Bobby Rosenfeld CAN Ethel Smith
Women's 800 metres GER Lina Radke-Batschauer JPN Kinue Hitomi SWE Inga Gentzel
Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay CAN Canada USA United States GER Germany
Women's High Jump CAN Ethel Catherwood NED Lien Gisolf USA Mildred Wiley
Women's Discus Throw POL Halina Konopacka USA Lillian Copeland SWE Ruth Svedberg