Summer Games Amsterdam 1928 Netherlands 28 July - 12 August 1928

  • Host Nation Netherlands
  • Sports 14
  • Duration 28 July - 12 August 1928
  • Competition Venues 14
  • Competing Athletes 2883
  • Competing Nations 46

Amsterdam 1928

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About Games

The Amsterdam Olympic Games of 1928 were officially known as the Games of the IX Olympiad. Athletes from twenty-eight nations won gold medals, a record which would stand for forty years, and for the first time women were allowed to compete in athletics and gymnastics events. The 1928 Games also witnessed the first lighting of the Olympic flame at an opening ceremony, as well as establishing the protocol of Greek athletes entering the stadium first, with host nation athletes last.

The Amsterdam Games are perhaps best exemplified by the exploits of Australian rower Henry Pearce, he stopped midway through his quarter final to let a family of ducks pass, but still went on to win the race and eventually the gold medal.