Lien Gisolf

Carolina Anna "Lien" Gisolf (13 July 1910 – 30 May 1993) was a Dutch high jumper. She won a silver medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics and finished fourth in 1932.

Lien Gisolf
Lien Gisolf 1933.jpg
Lien Gisolf in 1933
Personal information
Full nameCarolina Anna Gisolf
Born13 July 1910
Fort de Kock, former Dutch East Indies
Died30 May 1993 (aged 82)
Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Event(s)High jump
ClubHygiea, Den Haag
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1.623 m (1932)[1]

Her talent was discovered during school competition in 1926, when it turned out that she jumped 30 centimetres higher than her classmates. On 3 July 1928 she set an unofficial Dutch record by jumping 1.465 metres, which was followed by a new world record of 1.582 metres. The same year she became the first Dutch female athlete to win an Olympic medal. She improved her world record twice: to 1.608 metres in 1929 and 1.623 metres in 1932.[2] During the 1930 Women's World Games Gisolf became second. When she had to jump a barrage with her only opponent left, German Inge Braumüller, she tore a muscle, ruining her chances for the first place.[1]

After finishing fourth at the 1932 Summer Olympics Gisolf lost interest in athletics and turned to field hockey.


  1. ^ a b Lien Gisolf.
  2. ^ Carolina Gisolf.

Further readingEdit

  • Heere, A. and Kappenburg, B. (2000) 1870 – 2000, 130 jaar atletiek in Nederland Groenevelt b.v. ISBN 90-901286-7-0
  • Hemert, W. van (1998) Fosbury-flop de 'klapschaats' van het hoogspringen Atletiek nr. 1: KNAU
  • Bijkerk, T. and Paauw, R. (1996) Gouden boek van de Nederlandse Olympiers De Vrieseborch