| Event type

800 metres, Women

Date1 – 2 August 1928
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants25 from 13 countries

At the 1922 and 1926 FSFI Women’s World Games, women ran the 1,000 metres, won by Lucie Bréard (FRA) in 1922 in 3:12.0 and by Edith Trickey (GBR) in 1926 in 3:08.8. The 1928 Olympic program added the 800 metres for women, the only race they had longer than 100 metres. Germany’s Lina Radke-Batschauer set the world record of 2:23.8 in 1927, only to see it broken by Sweden’s Inga Gentzel in June 1928. But shortly before the Olympics Radke-Batschauer ran 2:16.8 to take back the world record. In the final at Amsterdam, Gentzel took the lead at 200 metres and led after the first lap in 64.2 seconds. But Radke-Batschauer took over at the beginning of the final backstretch and led to the finish, with Kinue Hitomi of Japan getting the silver medal and Gentzel holding on for the bronze. Several of the women competitors were quite tired at the end of the race, not unlike many of the men at the end of 800 metres. But the sight of women so exhausted, some lying on the track, offended many of the sports officials of the time. Descriptions of the event by the women competitors, in later years, state that this did not actually occur. However, eventually the officials decided that women should not run such long distances and no women’s event longer than 200 metres would be contested in an Olympics again until 1960. Hitomi would return to the FSFI Women’s World Games in 1930 and win four gold medals, but she died in 1931 from tuberculosis.

1762Lina Radke-BatschauerGER2:26.0 (1 h2)2:16.8 (1)GoldWR
2265Kinue HitomiJPN2:26.4 (2 h2)2:17.6 (2)Silver
3870Inga GentzelSWE– (2 h1)2:17.8 (3)Bronze
4679Jenny ThompsonCAN2:23.2 (1 h3)2:21.4 (4)
5677Bobby RosenfeldCAN– (3 h1)2:22.4 (5)
6580Florence MacDonaldUSA– (2 h3)2:22.6 (6)
7750Marie DollingerGER2:22.4 (1 h1)2:23.0 (7)
8428Gertruda KilosównaPOL2:28.0 (3 h2)2:28.0 (8)
9766Elfriede WeverGER– (3 h3)– (9)
4 h1 r1/2349Jo MallonNED– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2352Aat van NoortNED– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2344Mien DuchateauNED– (4 h3)
5 h1 r1/2761Elisabeth OestreichGER– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2604Edie RobinsonAUS– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2613Ida DegrandeBEL– (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/2572Dee BoeckmannUSA– (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2637Juliette SegersBEL– (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2123Marcelle NeveuFRA– (6 h3)
7 h2 r1/2119Sébastienne GuyotFRA– (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2431Otylia TabackaPOL2:33.0 (7 h3)
8 h2 r1/2871Emy PetterssonSWE– (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2411Josefine LauterbachAUT– (8 h3)
9 h2 r1/2246Giannina MarchiniITA– (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/2160Paula RadziulytėLTU– (9 h3)
10 h2 r1/2586Rayma WilsonUSA– (10 h2)
DNS644Betsy WinandyBEL– (DNS h1)
DNS633J. DevosBEL– (DNS h1)
DNS121Lucienne LaudréFRA– (DNS h1)
DNS822Sara TeitelbaumEST– (DNS h1)
DNS114Louise BellonFRA– (DNS h2)
DNS44Gizelle MiskeyHUN– (DNS h3)
DNS281Suzanne DevenogesSUI– (DNS h3)

Round One (1 August 1928 — 14:25)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

13Marie DollingerGER2:22.4QOR
27Inga GentzelSWEQ
38Bobby RosenfeldCANQ
41Jo MallonNED
52Elisabeth OestreichGER
610Dee BoeckmannUSA
DNS644Betsy WinandyBEL
DNS633J. DevosBEL
DNS121Lucienne LaudréFRA
DNS822Sara TeitelbaumEST

Heat Two

14Lina Radke-BatschauerGER2:26.0Q
23Kinue HitomiJPN2:26.4Q
39Gertruda KilosównaPOL2:28.0Q
41Aat van NoortNED
52Edie RobinsonAUS
65Juliette SegersBEL
77Sébastienne GuyotFRA
88Emy PetterssonSWE
910Giannina MarchiniITA
1011Rayma WilsonUSA
DNS114Louise BellonFRA

Heat Three

17Jenny ThompsonCAN2:23.2Q
211Florence MacDonaldUSAQ
32Elfriede WeverGERQ
41Mien DuchateauNED
53Ida DegrandeBEL
65Marcelle NeveuFRA
76Otylia TabackaPOL2:33.0
88Josefine LauterbachAUT
910Paula RadziulytėLTU
DNS44Gizelle MiskeyHUN
DNS281Suzanne DevenogesSUI

Final (2 August 1928 — 15:45)

1762Lina Radke-BatschauerGER2:16.8WR
2265Kinue HitomiJPN2:17.6
3870Inga GentzelSWE2:17.8
4679Jenny ThompsonCAN2:21.4
5677Bobby RosenfeldCAN2:22.4
6580Florence MacDonaldUSA2:22.6
7750Marie DollingerGER2:23.0
8428Gertruda KilosównaPOL2:28.0
9766Elfriede WeverGER