Officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, the organisers ensured it was the most impressive spectacle yet - a 31,000-capacity stadium and a new swimming pool were constructed, and accommodation was provided for visiting athletes. The introduction of unofficial electronic timing devices for the track events and the use of a public address system improved the Olympic experience for spectators. Several new events introduced included the modern pentathlon.
It was the last Olympics to issue solid gold medals and, with Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated. Great Britain came 3rd overall in the medal table.