1928 Summer Olympics
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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 Olympics, but had to give way to war-victim Belgium and De Coubertin's Paris before finally being awarded with the organisation.
- 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 appareance like sponsor of Coca-Cola of the Olympic Games.
See the medal winners, ordered by sport:
(Host nation in bold.)
|1928 Summer Olympics medal count||Image:Olympische Ringe.svg|
|1||Image:Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States||22||18||16||56|
|2||Image:Flag of Germany (2-3).svg Germany||10||7||14||31|
|3||Image:Flag of Finland.svg Finland||8||8||9||25|
|4||Image:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden||7||6||12||25|
|5||Image:Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy||7||5||7||19|
|6||Image:Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland||7||4||4||15|
|7||Image:Flag of France.svg France||6||10||5||21|
|8||Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands||6||9||4||19|
|9||Image:Hungary 1940 flag.JPG Hungary||4||5||0||9|
|10||Image:Canadian Red Ensign.svg Canada||4||4||7||15|
Articles about Amsterdam Summer Olympics by nation:
- IOC Site on 1928 Summer Olympics
- Louis S. Nixdorff, 1928 Olympic Games Collection, 1926-1978 Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
|Olympic Games||Summer Olympic Games
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|Winter Olympic Games|
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