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Athletics at the 1928 Summer Olympics

At the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, 27 athletics events were contested. The competition was held on a 400-meter track and would become the standard for athletics tracks in the future. For the first time, women's events in athletics were included in the Olympic Games program. There was a total of 706 participants from 40 countries competing.

Athletics
at the Games of the IX Olympiad
1928 Summer Olympics stamp of the Netherlands athletics2.jpg
Athletics at the 1928 Summer Olympics on a stamp of the Netherlands
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates29 July–5 August
Competitors706 (611 men, 95 women) from 40 nations
← 1924
1932 →

Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Percy Williams
  Canada
Jack London
  Great Britain
Georg Lammers
  Germany
200 metres
details
Percy Williams
  Canada
Walter Rangeley
  Great Britain
Helmut Körnig
  Germany
400 metres
details
Ray Barbuti
  United States
James Ball
  Canada
Joachim Büchner
  Germany
800 metres
details
Douglas Lowe
  Great Britain
Erik Byléhn
  Sweden
Hermann Engelhard
  Germany
1500 metres
details
Harri Larva
  Finland
Jules Ladoumegue
  France
Eino Purje
  Finland
5000 metres
details
Ville Ritola
  Finland
Paavo Nurmi
  Finland
Edvin Wide
  Sweden
10,000 metres
details
Paavo Nurmi
  Finland
Ville Ritola
  Finland
Edvin Wide
  Sweden
110 metres hurdles
details
Sydney Atkinson
  South Africa
Steve Anderson
  United States
John Collier
  United States
400 metres hurdles
details
David Burghley
  Great Britain
Frank Cuhel
  United States
Morgan Taylor
  United States
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Toivo Loukola
  Finland
Paavo Nurmi
  Finland
Ove Andersen
  Finland
4 × 100 metres relay
details
  United States (USA)
Frank Wykoff
James Quinn
Charles Borah
Henry Russell
  Germany (GER)
Georg Lammers
Richard Corts
Hubert Houben
Helmut Körnig
  Great Britain (GBR)
Cyril Gill
Edward Smouha
Walter Rangeley
Jack London
4 × 400 metres relay
details
  United States (USA)
George Baird
Fred Alderman
Emerson Spencer
Ray Barbuti
  Germany (GER)
Otto Neumann
Harry Werner Storz
Richard Krebs
Hermann Engelhard
  Canada (CAN)
James Ball
Stanley Glover
Phil Edwards
Alex Wilson
Marathon
details
Boughera El Ouafi
  France
Manuel Plaza
  Chile
Martti Marttelin
  Finland
High jump
details
Bob King
  United States
Benjamin Hedges
  United States
Claude Ménard
  France
Pole vault
details
Sabin Carr
  United States
William Droegemuller
  United States
Charles McGinnis
  United States
Long jump
details
Edward Hamm
  United States
Silvio Cator
  Haiti
Alfred Bates
  United States
Triple jump
details
Mikio Oda
  Japan
Levi Casey
  United States
Vilho Tuulos
  Finland
Shot put
details
John Kuck
  United States
Herman Brix
  United States
Emil Hirschfeld
  Germany
Discus throw
details
Bud Houser
  United States
Antero Kivi
  Finland
James Corson
  United States
Hammer throw
details
Pat O'Callaghan
  Ireland
Ossian Skiöld
  Sweden
Edmund Black
  United States
Javelin throw
details
Erik Lundqvist
  Sweden
Béla Szepes
  Hungary
Olav Sunde
  Norway
Decathlon
details
Paavo Yrjölä
  Finland
Akilles Järvinen
  Finland
Ken Doherty
  United States

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Betty Robinson
  United States
Bobbie Rosenfeld
  Canada
Ethel Smith
  Canada
800 metres
details
Lina Radke
  Germany
Kinue Hitomi
  Japan
Inga Gentzel
  Sweden
4 × 100 metres relay
details
  Canada (CAN)
Myrtle Cook
Ethel Smith
Bobbie Rosenfeld
Jane Bell
  United States (USA)
Jessie Cross
Loretta McNeil
Betty Robinson
Mary Washburn
  Germany (GER)
Anni Holdmann
Leni Junker
Rosa Kellner
Leni Schmidt
High jump
details
Ethel Catherwood
  Canada
Lien Gisolf
  Netherlands
Mildred Wiley
  United States
Discus throw
details
Halina Konopacka
  Poland
Lillian Copeland
  United States
Ruth Svedberg
  Sweden

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)98825
2  Finland (FIN)55414
3  Canada (CAN)4228
4  Great Britain (GBR)2215
5  Germany (GER)1269
6  Sweden (SWE)1247
7  France (FRA)1113
8  Japan (JPN)1102
9  Ireland (IRL)1001
  Poland (POL)1001
  South Africa (RSA)1001
12  Chile (CHI)0101
  Haiti (HAI)0101
  Hungary (HUN)0101
  Netherlands (NED)0101
16  Norway (NOR)0011
Totals (16 nations)27272781


Records brokenEdit

During the 1928 Summer Olympic Games 9 new world records were set in the athletics events. New Olympic records were set in 16 of the 27 events.

Men's world recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
110 metres hurdles July 31 Semifinal George Weightman-Smith   South Africa 14.6
3000 metres steeplechase August 4 Final Toivo Loukola   Finland 9:21.8
4 × 400 metres relay August 5 Final George Baird
Fred Alderman
Emerson Spencer
Ray Barbuti
  United States 3:14.2
Shot put July 29 Final John Kuck   United States 15.87 m
Decathlon August 5 Final Paavo Yrjölä   Finland 8,053.290

Women's world recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
800 metres August 2 Final Lina Radke   Germany 2:16.8
4 × 100 metres relay August 5 Final Myrtle Cook
Ethel Smith
Bobbie Rosenfeld
Jane Bell
  Canada 48.4
High jump August 5 Final Ethel Catherwood   Canada 1.595 m
Discus throw July 31 Final Halina Konopacka   Poland 39.62 m

Participating nationsEdit

706 athletes from 40 nations competed. Lithuania and Romania competed in athletics for the first time. Bulgaria, Egypt, Malta, Panama, Rhodesia, and Uruguay were the only six nations not to compete in athletics.

ReferencesEdit