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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 29, 1928
Date Finished: July 31, 1928

Gold: GBR Douglas Lowe
Silver: SWE Erik Byléhn
Bronze: GER Hermann Engelhard


The defending champion, [Douglas Lowe], was back, and won the AAA title a few weeks before the 1928 Olympics. He would be challenged by German [Otto Peltzer], who set the 880 yard record in 1926, and Frenchman [Séra Martin], who had broken the 800 standard a few weeks before the Olympics. Also expected to challenge was the top American, [Lloyd Hahn]. Lowe jumped off to an early lead in the final, but was caught by Hahn and Canada’s [Phil Edwards]. At the 400 mark, Hahn led in 55.2 with Lowe and Edwards on his shoulder. Off the last turn, Lowe kicked and there was no answer, as he won by almost 10 metres.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Douglas Lowe 25 Great Britain GBR Gold OR
2 Erik Byléhn 30 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Hermann Engelhard 24 Germany GER Bronze
4 Phil Edwards 20 Canada CAN
5 Lloyd Hahn 29 United States USA
6 Séra Martin 21 France FRA
7 Earl Fuller 24 United States USA
8 Jean Keller 22 France FRA
9 Ray Watson 29 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 László Barsi 23 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/3 Brant Little 21 Canada CAN
4 h3 r2/3 Paul Martin 26 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r2/3 Otto Peltzer 28 Germany GER
5 h2 r2/3 Ralph Starr 25 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r2/3 John Sittig 23 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Alex Wilson 20 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Guido Cominotto 26 Italy ITA
6 h3 r2/3 Fredy Müller 22 Germany GER
7 h1 r2/3 Vilém Šindler 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h2 r2/3 Serafín Dengra 25 Argentina ARG
7 h3 r2/3 Wilfrid Tatham 29 Great Britain GBR
8 h3 r2/3 Olaf Strand 29 Norway NOR
AC h1 r2/3 Norman MacEachern Ireland IRL
1 h4 r1/3 Georges Baraton 24 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Guus Zeegers 22 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/3 Adje Paulen 25 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/3 Max Tarnogrocki 23 Germany GER
4 h4 r1/3 Ettore Tavernari 23 Italy ITA
4 h5 r1/3 René Féger 24 France FRA
4 h6 r1/3 Ömer Besim Koşalay 30 Turkey TUR
4 h7 r1/3 Adolf Kittel 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h8 r1/3 Leopoldo Ledesma 24 Argentina ARG
5 h1 r1/3 Gérald Bertheloot Belgium BEL
5 h2 r1/3 William Whyte 24 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/3 Alfonso García Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/3 Philippe Coenjaerts 25 Belgium BEL
5 h5 r1/3 Jack Walter 19 Canada CAN
5 h7 r1/3 Feliks Malanowski 22 Poland POL
5 h8 r1/3 José Lucílo Iturbe Mexico MEX
6 h1 r1/3 Vasilios Stavrinos 21 Greece GRE
6 h2 r1/3 Albert Larsen 27 Denmark DEN
6 h3 r1/3 Andries Hoogerwerf 21 Netherlands NED
6 h4 r1/3 Harry Houghton 27 Great Britain GBR
6 h5 r1/3 Charles Stuart 21 Australia AUS
6 h7 r1/3 Gerry Coughlan 25 Ireland IRL
6 h8 r1/3 Joaquín Miquel Spain ESP
7 h1 r1/3 Louis Schmit 20 Luxembourg LUX
7 h3 r1/3 Antonios Mangos Greece GRE
7 h7 r1/3 J. Murphy India IND