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1928 OLYMPICS

Updated on July 5, 2012

The 1928 Summer Olympics

1928Summer Olympics were also known as the GamesoftheIXOlympiad and held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, form the 28th July to 12th August1928.

The 1928 Olympic Games began with a minor controversy, when the Netherlands' Queen Wilhelmina refused to attend the opening ceremonies; reportedly because of her opposition to Sunday competitions hence the 1928 Olympics Games were opened by His Royal Highness Prince Hendrik making them the first Olympics Games not opened by a head of state.

The opening ceremony of the 1928 Olympics Games took place on July28, 1928 and the closing ceremony was on the August12, 1928 making the 1928 Olympics the first to feature a standard schedule of 16 days and this has been a custom since then breaking from a tradition where previous Olympics stretched out over several months.

The official stadium for the 1928 Olympics was the Olympisch Stadion which was opened on the opening day ceremony after about a year of its construction. 13 other venues were used for the events in the 1928 Olympics and below is a list of all the venues and the events they hosted.

1928 Olympics Venues

VENUE
EVENTS
Amersfoort
Riding for Modern Pentathlon
Amsterdam
Cycling -road
Buiten Y
Sailing
Hilversum
Equestrian for non-jumping events and Running in Modern Pentathlon
Krachtsportgebouw
Boxing, Weightlifting and Wrestling
Monnikenhuize
Football
Old Stadion
Field hockey
Olympic Sports Park Swim Stadium
Diving and swimming in Modern pentathlon, Swimming and Water polo
Olympic Stadium
Athletics, Cycling-track, Equestrian for jumping events, Field hockey, Football and Gymnastics
Schemzaal
Fencing and Fencing inModern Pentathlon
Sloten
Rowing
Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel
Football
Zeeburg Shooting Grounds
Modern pentathlon - shooting
Zuiderzee
Sailing

The 1928 Olympics Sports and Participating Nations

The 1928 Olympics Amsterdam saw a total of 46 nations participating at with Germany finally returned to participate in Olympics after being deliberately not invited in 1920 and 1924.There 1928 Olympics saw 2,883 participants with 277 women being part of the competitors.

The 1928 Olympics had 109 Events in 15 sports.

The Table below is a list of the 1928 Olympics sports and events and another for the participating nations.

1928 Olympics Sports and Events Number

SPORT
EVENTS
Athletics
27
Boxing
8
Cycling
6
Diving
4
Equestrian
6
Fencing
7
Football
1
Gymnastics
8
Field hockey
1
Modern pentathlon
1
Rowing
7
Sailing
3
Swimming
11
Water polo
1
Weightlifting
5
Wrestling
13

1928 Olympics Traditions


It was in the 1928 Olympics Games that a symbolic fire that is today’s Olympics Torch was made. This 1928 Symbolic fire was made in a cauldron placed on top of the Olympisch Stadion tower and it was in the 1928 Olympics that the athletes were paraded starting with athletes from Greece and the host nation athletes parading last was first done and has remained so to the present Olympics Games.

Other notable Olympics traditions that were first done in the 1928 Olympics Games was the use of 400 meters track in athletics and for the first time women participated in athletics and gymnastics and it was in this Olympics that the name Summer Olympics was first used.

Notable medalists were Paavo Nurmi of Finland won the ninth in the 10,000 m race, becoming his last gold medal.

Below is the medal table for the 1928 Olympics Games.

1928 Olympics Medal Table

Country (Team)
Position
TOTAL
Gold
Silver
Bronze
United States
1
56
22
18
16
Germany
2
31
10
7
14
Finland
3
25
8
8
9
Sweden
4
25
7
6
12
Italy
5
19
7
5
7
Switzerland
6
15
7
4
4
France
7
21
6
10
5
Netherlands (HOST)
8
19
6
9
4
Hungary
9
9
4
5
0
Canada
10
15
4
4
7
Great Britain
11
20
3
10
7
Argentina
12
7
3
3
1
Denmark
13
6
3
1
2
Czechoslovakia
14
9
2
5
2
Japan
15
5
2
2
1
Estonia
16
5
2
1
2
Egypt
17
4
2
1
1
Austria
18
3
2
0
1
Australia
19
4
1
2
1
Norway
19
4
1
2
1
Poland
21
5
1
1
3
Yugoslavia
21
5
1
1
3
South Africa
23
3
1
0
2
India
24
1
1
0
0
Ireland
24
1
1
0
0
New Zealand
24
1
1
0
0
Spain
24
1
1
0
0
Uruguay
24
1
1
0
0
Belgium
29
3
0
1
2
Chile
30
1
0
1
0
Haiti
30
1
0
1
0
Philippines
32
1
0
0
1
Portugal
32
1
0
0
1
 
TOTAL MEDALS
327
110
108
109

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