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Amsterdam 1928

Opening Ceremony 17 May 1928
Closing Ceremony 12 Aug 1928
Host City Amsterdam
Country Netherlands
NOC Participating 46
Athletes 2883
Events 109
Sports/Disciplines 3

Description

For the first time, a symbolic fire was lit during the Games. The fire was lit in a cauldron that was placed at the top of a tower in the stadium, which had been designed by Jan Wils, a celebrated Dutch architect. At the Opening Ceremony, the team from Greece led the Parade of Nations, with the host Dutch team marching in last. Greece-first, hosts-last has been Olympic protocol ever since.

The number of female competitors more than doubled as women were finally allowed to compete in gymnastics and athletics, and Asian athletes won gold medals for the first time.

The team from India swept to victory in field hockey. Between 1928 and 1956, India’s men would win six straight gold medals in this event. Another winning streak also began in 1928, when Hungary earned the first of seven consecutive gold medals in team sabre fencing.

ASIAN MEDAL STANDINGS

Country Total Rank By Total
Japan 2 2 1 5 1
India 1 0 0 1 2
Philippines 0 0 0 0 3