Athletics at the 1928 Summer Olympics

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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
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 29 July–5 August
Competitors 706 (611 men, 95 women) from 40 nations
1924 1932
Athletics at the
1928 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

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.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

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
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
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
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
Javelin throw
details
Erik Lundqvist
 Sweden
Béla Szepes
 Hungary
Olav Sunde
 Norway
Hammer throw
details
Pat O'Callaghan
 Ireland
Ossian Skiöld
 Sweden
Edmund Black
 United States
Decathlon
details
Paavo Yrjölä
 Finland
Akilles Järvinen
 Finland
Ken Doherty
 United States

Women[edit]

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 table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 9 8 8 25
2  Finland (FIN) 5 5 4 14
3  Canada (CAN) 4 2 2 8
4  Great Britain (GBR) 2 2 1 5
5  Germany (GER) 1 2 6 9
6 Sweden 1 2 4 7
7  France (FRA) 1 1 1 3
8  Japan (JPN) 1 1 0 2
9  Ireland (IRL) 1 0 0 1
 Poland (POL) 1 0 0 1
 South Africa (RSA) 1 0 0 1
12  Chile (CHI) 0 1 0 1
 Haiti (HAI) 0 1 0 1
 Hungary (HUN) 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
16  Norway (NOR) 0 0 1 1

Records broken[edit]

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 records[edit]

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 records[edit]

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 nations[edit]

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.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 52°20′36″N 4°51′15″E / 52.3434°N 4.8542°E / 52.3434; 4.8542