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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


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.

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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