The Games of the IX Olympiad
were held in 1928
. Amsterdam had made a bid for the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, but had to give way to war-victim Belgium and De Coubertin
before finally being awarded with the organisation.
- 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.
See the medal winners, ordered by sport:
1896 | 1900 | 1904 | 1906 | 1908 | 1912 | 1920 | 1924 | 1928 | 1932 | 1936 | 1948 | 1952 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1968 | 1972 | 1976 | 1980 | 1984 | 1988 | 1992 | 1996 | 2000 | 2004 | 2008 | 2012
1924 | 1928 | 1932 | 1936 | 1948 | 1952 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1968 | 1972 | 1976 | 1980 | 1984 | 1988 | 1992 | 1994 | 1998 | 2002 | 2006 | 2010
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