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100 metres, Women

Date30 – 31 July 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants31 from 13 countries

The world record had been set in July 1928 by Canada’s Myrtle Cook in winning the Canadian Championship in 12.0. A few weeks before America’s Betty Robinson, only a 16-year-old, had run 12.0 at a meet in Chicago but the mark was never ratified as a world record. In the final, Cook and Germany’s Leni Schmidt were disqualified for false started. This left the race open for Robinson to win in 12.2, equaling the listed world record.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1879Betty RobinsonUSA– (2 h7)12.4 (1 h2)12.2 (1)Gold
2677Bobby RosenfeldCAN12.6 (1 h7)12.4 (1 h1)12.3 (2)Silver
3678Ethel SmithCAN12.6 (1 h9)– (2 h1)12.3 (3)Bronze
4765Erna SteinbergGER12.8 (1 h2)12.9 (2 h3)12.4 (4)
AC675Myrtle CookCAN12.8 (1 h8)– (2 h2)– (AC)
AC764Leni SchmidtGER12.8 (1 h6)12.8 (1 h3)– (AC)
3 h1 r2/3118Georgette GagneuxFRA13.0 (1 h5)– (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/3604Edie RobinsonAUS– (2 h1)– (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/3674Jane BellCAN13.0 (2 h3)– (3 h3)
4 h1 r2/3755Anni HoldmannGER13.0 (1 h1)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3265Kinue HitomiJPN12.8 (1 h3)– (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3880Elta CartwrightUSA– (2 h4)– (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3588Mary WashburnUSA12.8est (2 h2)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3756Leni JunkerGER12.8 (1 h4)– (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3406Norma WilsonNZL13.0 (2 h8)– (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/3291Marjorie ClarkRSA13.0 (2 h6)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3872Maud SundbergSWE– (2 h5)– (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/3125Marguerite RadideauFRA– (2 h9)– (6 h3)
3 h1 r1/3247Derna PolazzoITA– (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3346Nettie GroossNED12.9est (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3585Anne VranaUSA13.1 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3124Yolande PlanckeFRA– (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3243Luisa BonfantiITA– (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3126Lucienne VeluFRA13.1 (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/3339Lies AengenendtNED13.0 (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/3348Bets ter HorstNED13.0 (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/3154Zinaida LiepiņaLAT– (3 h9)
4 h2 r1/3873Ruth SvedbergSWE– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3245Matilde MoraschiITA13.6 (4 h3)
4 h6 r1/3340Rie BriejèrNED13.5 (4 h6)
4 h9 r1/3642Sidonie VerschuerenBEL– (4 h9)
DNS43Eva LukácsHUN– (DNS h1)
DNS427Anna BreuerPOL– (DNS h2)
DNS281Suzanne DevenogesSUI– (DNS h3)
DNS614Antoinette GallemaersBEL– (DNS h4)
DNS634R. MayerBEL– (DNS h5)
DNS822Sara TeitelbaumEST– (DNS h5)
DNS413Dolly Wagner KuceraAUT– (DNS h7)
DNS160Paula RadziulytėLTU– (DNS h7)
DNS640Elise Van TruyenBEL– (DNS h8)

Round One (30 July 1928 — 14:15)

Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12Anni HoldmannGER13.0QOR
21Edie RobinsonAUSQ
34Derna PolazzoITA
DNS3Eva LukácsHUN

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12Erna SteinbergGER12.8QOR
25Mary WashburnUSA12.8estQ
31Nettie GroossNED12.9est
43Ruth SvedbergSWE
DNS4Anna BreuerPOL

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
11Kinue HitomiJPN12.8Q=OR
22Jane BellCAN13.0Q
35Anne VranaUSA13.1
44Matilde MoraschiITA13.6
DNS3Suzanne DevenogesSUI

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
11Leni JunkerGER12.8Q=OR
24Elta CartwrightUSAQ
33Yolande PlanckeFRA
DNS2Antoinette GallemaersBEL

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12Georgette GagneuxFRA13.0Q
23Maud SundbergSWEQ
35Luisa BonfantiITA
DNS1R. MayerBEL
DNS4Sara TeitelbaumEST

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Leni SchmidtGER12.8Q=OR
22Marjorie ClarkRSA13.0Q
34Lucienne VeluFRA13.11
41Rie BriejèrNED13.5

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12Bobby RosenfeldCAN12.6QOR
24Betty RobinsonUSAQ
31Lies AengenendtNED13.0
DNS3Dolly Wagner KuceraAUT
DNS5Paula RadziulytėLTU

Heat Eight

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
14Myrtle CookCAN12.8Q
22Norma WilsonNZL13.0Q
31Bets ter HorstNED13.0
DNS3Elise Van TruyenBEL

Heat Nine

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
14Ethel SmithCAN12.6Q=OR
23Marguerite RadideauFRAQ
32Zinaida LiepiņaLAT
41Sidonie VerschuerenBEL

Semi-Finals (30 July 1928 — 15:45)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1677Bobby RosenfeldCAN12.4QOR
2678Ethel SmithCANQ
3118Georgette GagneuxFRA
4755Anni HoldmannGER
5588Mary WashburnUSA
6291Marjorie ClarkRSA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1879Betty RobinsonUSA12.4Q=OR
2675Myrtle CookCANQ
3604Edie RobinsonAUS
4265Kinue HitomiJPN
5756Leni JunkerGER
6872Maud SundbergSWE

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1764Leni SchmidtGER12.8Q
2765Erna SteinbergGER12.9Q
3674Jane BellCAN
4880Elta CartwrightUSA
5406Norma WilsonNZL
6125Marguerite RadideauFRA

Final (31 July 1928 — 16:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Betty RobinsonUSA12.2=WR
21Bobby RosenfeldCAN12.3
32Ethel SmithCAN12.3
46Erna SteinbergGER12.4
AC4Myrtle CookCANDQ
AC5Leni SchmidtGERDQ