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1928 Summer Olympics

The Games of the IX Olympiad were held in 1928 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amsterdam had made a bid for the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, but had to give way to war-victim Belgium and De Coubertin's Paris before finally being awarded with the organisation.

Games of the IX Olympiad
Nations participating46
Athletes participating3,014 (2,724 men, 290 women)
Events109 in 14 sports
Opening ceremoniesMay 17, 1928
Closing ceremoniesAugust 12, 1928
Officially opened byPrince Hendrik[?]
Athlete's OathHarry Dénis[?]
Judge's Oath:-
Olympic Torch-

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Highlights

  • For the first time, the Olympic Flame was lit during the Olympics. The torch relay was however not started 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 still continued until this day.
  • 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 ended in 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, later also actor 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.

Medals Awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

Medal Count

PosCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal

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