Athletics at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

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Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the IX Olympiad
Date August 1 (heats)
August 2 (final)
Winning time 2:16.8
Gold medal    Germany
Silver medal    Japan
Bronze medal    Sweden
Athletics at the
1928 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
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3000 m
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The women's 800 metres at the 1928 Summer Olympics took place between August 1 and August 2. Some press reports of the event claimed that many of the competitors were exhausted or failed to finish the race.[1][2] According to Lynne Emery, these reports were inaccurate and the athletes were winded as normal after a race.[1] In any case, the idea that the distance was too great for women prompted the IOC to drop it from the Olympic programme.[2] It was reintroduced in 1960.[2]



Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Marie Dollinger Germany 2:22.4 OR, Q
2 Inga Gentzel Sweden Q
3 Bobbie Rosenfeld Canada Q
4 Anny Mallon Netherlands
5 Elisabeth Oestreich Germany
6 Dee Boeckmann United States

Key: OR = Olympic record, Q = Qualified

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Lina Radke Germany 2:26.0 Q
2 Kinue Hitomi Japan 2:26.4 Q
3 Gertruda Kilosówna Poland 2:28.0 Q
4 Aat van Noort Netherlands
5 Edie Robinson Australia
6 Juliette Segers Belgium
7 Sébastienne Guyot France
8 Emy Pettersson Sweden
9 Giannina Marchini Italy
10 Rayma Wilson United States

Key: Q = Qualified

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jean Thompson Canada 2:23.2 Q
2 Florence MacDonald United States Q
3 Elfriede Wever Germany Q
4 Mien Duchateau Netherlands
5 Ida Degrande Belgium
6 Marcelle Neveu France
7 Otylia Tabacka Poland 2:33.0
8 Josefine Lauterbach Austria
9 Paula Radziulytė Lithuania

Key: Q = Qualified


Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Lina Radke Germany 2:16.8 WR
2 Kinue Hitomi Japan 2:17.6
3 Inga Gentzel Sweden 2:17.8
4 Jean Thompson Canada 2:21.4
5 Bobbie Rosenfeld Canada 2:22.4
6 Florence MacDonald United States 2:22.6
7 Marie Dollinger Germany 2:23.0
8 Gertruda Kilosówna Poland 2:28.0
9 Elfriede Wever Germany

Key: WR = World record


  1. ^ a b Emery, Lynne. "An examination of the 1928 Olympic 800 meter race for women" (PDF). Proceedings of the North American Society for Sport (1982): 30. 
  2. ^ a b c Welch, Paula; Costa, D. Margaret (1994). "A Century of Olympic Competition". In Sharon Ruth Guthrie & D. Margaret Costa. Women and Sport: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Human Kinetics. pp. 127–128. ISBN 9780873226868. Retrieved 12 August 2012.