The 1928 Olympics were the first games to have an Olympic Flame for the duration. Amsterdam also saw women first compete in Athletics.
2,883 (2,606 men, 277 women) competitors from 46 nations participated in 14 sports and 109 events over nearly 3 months. United States won more than twice as many gold medals (22) than any other nation.
The first gold medal for women’s athletics went to 16-year-old American Elizabeth Robinson, for winning the 100m – she is still one of the youngest Olympics athletics champions ever. Women’s participation in athletics for the first time at these Olympics hindered the growing support for women’s sports as it did to help the cause – because male officials were so distressed at the state of the exhausted women runners after the 800m final that no race of that distance, or further, was conducted at the Games for women until 1964.
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