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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres

Athletics at the 1928 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 30, 1928
Date Finished: July 31, 1928

Gold: USA Betty Robinson
Silver: CAN Bobby Rosenfeld
Bronze: CAN Ethel Smith


The world record had been set in July 1928 by Canada’s [Myrtle Cook] in winning the Canadian Championship in 12.0. A few weeks before America’s [Betty Robinson], only a 16-year-old, had run 12.0 at a meet in Chicago but the mark was never ratified as a world record. In the final, Cook and Germany’s [Leni Schmidt] were disqualified for false started. This left the race open for Robinson to win in 12.2, equaling the listed world record.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Betty Robinson 16 United States USA Gold
2 Bobby Rosenfeld 23 Canada CAN Silver
3 Ethel Smith 20 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Erna Steinberg 16 Germany GER
AC Myrtle Cook 26 Canada CAN
AC Leni Schmidt 21 Germany GER
3 h1 r2/3 Georgette Gagneux 20 France FRA
3 h2 r2/3 Edie Robinson 21 Australia AUS
3 h3 r2/3 Jane Bell 17 Canada CAN
4 h1 r2/3 Anni Holdmann 28 Germany GER
4 h2 r2/3 Kinue Hitomi 21 Japan JPN
4 h3 r2/3 Elta Cartwright 20 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Mary Washburn 20 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Leni Junker 22 Germany GER
5 h3 r2/3 Norma Wilson 18 New Zealand NZL
6 h1 r2/3 Marjorie Clark 18 South Africa RSA
6 h2 r2/3 Maud Sundberg 16 Sweden SWE
6 h3 r2/3 Marguerite Radideau 21 France FRA
3 h1 r1/3 Derna Polazzo 16 Italy ITA
3 h2 r1/3 Nettie Grooss 22 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Anne Vrana-O'Brien 16 United States USA
3 h4 r1/3 Yolande Plancke France FRA
3 h5 r1/3 Luisa Bonfanti Italy ITA
3 h6 r1/3 Lucienne Velu 26 France FRA
3 h7 r1/3 Lies Aengenendt 20 Netherlands NED
3 h8 r1/3 Bets ter Horst 20 Netherlands NED
3 h9 r1/3 Zinaida Liepiņa 20 Latvia LAT
4 h2 r1/3 Ruth Svedberg 25 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/3 Matilde Moraschi 18 Italy ITA
4 h6 r1/3 Rie Briejèr 18 Netherlands NED
4 h9 r1/3 Sidonie Verschueren Belgium BEL