Lien Gisolf

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCarolina Anna "Lien"•Gisolf (-Verdam)
Used nameLien•Gisolf
Born13 July 1910 in Bukittinggi, Sumatera Barat (INA)
Died30 May 1993 in Amstelveen, Noord-Holland (NED)
Measurements181 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsHygiëa, Den Haag (NED)
NOC Netherlands
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Lien Gisolf was discovered as a talented high jumper by her gymnastics teacher at school. Encouraged to join an athletics club, she broke the Dutch national record in her first contest. Unwilling to go the Olympics at first, she was forced by her mother, telling her it would be a great way to watch the Games. She did go as one of the favourites, breaking the world record at a Dutch-Belgian country match before the Olympics. In Amsterdam, she finished second to Ethel Catherwood. Again the world record holder, she tried again at the 1932 Olympics, but finished fourth due to an injury sustained on the boat to the United States.

Personal Best: HJ – 1.623 (1932).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics NED Lien Gisolf
High Jump, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics NED Lien Gisolf
High Jump, Women (Olympic) 4

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