1928 Summer Olympics

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Games of the IX Olympiad

Host city Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nations participating 46
Athletes participating 3,014 (2,724 men, 290 women)
Events 109 in 14 sports
Opening ceremony May 17, 1928
Closing ceremony August 12, 1928
Officially opened by Prince Hendrik
Athlete's Oath Harry Dénis
Stadium Olympisch Stadion

The 1928 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the IX Olympiad, were held in 1928 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amsterdam had made a bid for the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, but had to give way to war-victim Belgium and De Coubertin's Paris before finally being awarded with the organisation. The only other candidate city was Los Angeles. Los Angeles hosted the Olympics four years later.

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[edit] Highlights

  • For the first time, the Olympic Flame was lit during the Olympics. The torch relay, however, would not occur until the 1936 Summer Olympics.
  • For the first time, the parade of nations started with Greece, which holds the origins of the Olympics, and ended with the host country, a tradition which continues today.
  • Women's athletics and gymnastics debuted at these Olympic, in spite of criticism. Halina Konopacka of Poland became the first female Olympic track and field champion. The 800 m run ended with several of the competitors being completely exhausted. Because of this, running events longer than 200 m were not included in the Olympics until the 1960s.
  • Johnny Weissmuller, who later appeared in several Tarzan movies, won three gold medals in swimming.
  • Paavo Nurmi of Finland won his 9th gold medal by finishing first in the 10000 m.
  • Canada's Percy Williams surprised everyone by winning both the 100 m and 200 m sprint events.
  • South American football made a definite breakthrough, as Uruguay retained its title by defeating Argentina.
  • India took its first ever gold in field hockey, the beginning of a winning streak which continued until 1956 with six gold medals won during the period.
  • Is the first appearance of the sponsor Coca-Cola for the Olympic Games.
  • These games were the first to bear the name "Summer Olympic Games".

[edit] Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

[edit] Demonstration sports

[edit] Participating nations

A total of 46 nations were represented at the Amsterdam Games. Malta, Panama, and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) competed at the Olympic Games for the first time.

[edit] Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Image:US flag 48 stars.svg United States 22181656
2 Image:Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1071431
3 Image:Flag of Finland (bordered).svg Finland 88925
4 Image:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 761225
5 Image:Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy 75719
6 Image:Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 74415
7 Image:Flag of France.svg France 610521
8 Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (host nation) 69419
9 Image:Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 4509
10 Image:Canadian Red Ensign 1921.svg Canada 44715

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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1928 Summer Olympics

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