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History of Modern Olympics - 1928

The 1928 Olympic Games, officially referred to as the Games of the IX Olympiad, were organised in Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands. Germany was allowed to participate for the first time after sixteen years. The Olympic Torch lighting ceremony was reinstated in the Amsterdam Games. However, there was no torch-relay preceding the lighting of the Olympic Flame. The ceremonial parade of nations was initially introduced in 1928 Summer Games which saw Greece enter the stadium first and the host country, The Netherlands, enter last. These were also the Games when the number of days during which the event spread was standardised to 16. Also, it was since 1928 that the Games began to be known as the Summer Olympics. The Flying Finn, Paavo Nurmi, continued his golden run in the 1928 Olympic too and captured his ninth and final gold medal in the 10,000 m race. Although the track and field was dominated by the U.S. men, who claimed eight gold medals, the US team was victorious in only one individual running race. It was Ray Barbuti who won the 400 meters. Due to the performances by Martha Norelius, Albina Osipowich and Johnny Weissmuller and diver Pete Desjardins, US grabbed double gold in swimming. The Indian hockey team initiated its winning streak of consecutive gold medals from the 1928 Games which continued till 1960.



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