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1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands - Women's High Jump

 

 

Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands Format: Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 1.40 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 5, 1928  
Date Finished: August 5, 1928  
(Competitors: 20; Countries: 9)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Overview by IAAF    Olympic_Stadium_Amsterdam_1928.jpg
Catherwood, a tall and slim (1.78/58Kg) woman who had topped the 1926 world list as a 16 year-old (1.58), was the favourite to win, having set an unratified world record of 1.60 at the beginning of July in the Canadian Championships. She was by no means a certainty, as Gisolf set an accepted record of 1.585 that same weekend, and Clark had jumped 1.60 in an exhibition six weeks before the Amsterdam event. The final took place on the last day of competition, a cold and gloomy day, and Catherwood, the sole Canadian was taken under the wing of the Belgian competitiors who let her use a large blanket to keep warm in between jumps. A Toronto journalist eulogised as follows: “The fans fell for her. A flower-like face of rare beauty. Simply clad in pure white, she looked like a tall, strange lily – and was immediately christened by the crowd ’the Saskatoon Lily’.” With Clark eliminated at 1.51, the field had dwindled to three by the time 1.60 was reached, though the height was remeasured at 1.595. Only Catherwood could scissor over, leaving Gisolf to outjump Wiley for silver in a jump-off.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The high jump had been contested internationally for women at the 1922 and 1926 Women's World Games but of the medalists from those years, only Hélène Bons, the 1926 gold medalist, was present in Amsterdam, making the event difficult to handicap. The official world record was 1.58 (5-2 7/16), set by Canadian Ethel Catherwood in 1926. At the Canadian Championships earlier in 1928, Catherwood had also cleared 1.60 (5-3), but this would not be ratified as a record. The day after that clearance, Lien Gisolf (NED) jumped 1.58 (5-2¼) in Bruxelles to equal the listed world record. The event would come down to these two and American Mildred Wiley. The three were clear thru 1.51 (4-11½) metres, but at 1.54 (5-0½) metres, Catherwood went over on her first attempt while Gisolf and Wiley required two jumps. The same was true at 1.56 (5-1¼) metres, with all three still jumping at 1.58 (5-2¼), but Catherwood won the gold medal when only she could clear that height. She then succeeded on her third attempt at 1.59 (5-2½) to break the world record.
 
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1.58 Canada Ethel Catherwood Regina (CAN) September 6, 1926
1.58 Netherlands Lien Gisolf Brussels (BEL) July 3, 1928
1.60(*) South Africa Marjorie Clark London (GBR) June 23, 1928
1.60(*) Canada Ethel Catherwood Halifax (CAN) July 2, 1928
Olympic Record   -    

(*) unofficial

In the final Ethel Catherwood set a new official world record with 1.595 metres.

 
        Results          
 
High Jump Women     Final 5 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.59     Ethel Catherwood Canada CAN 20 WR  
2 1.56     Lien Gisolf Netherlands NED 17 OR  
3 1.56     Mildred Wiley United States USA 26 OR  
4 1.51     Jean Shiley United States USA 16    
5 1.48     Marjorie Clark South Africa RSA 18    
6 1.48     Helma Notte Germany GER 16    
7 1.48     Inge Braumüller Germany GER 18    
8 1.48     Kay Maguire United States USA 22    
9 1.48     Marion Holley United States USA 18    
10 1.48     Léontine Stevens Belgium BEL 20    
11 1.45     Hélène Bons France FRA      
12 1.45     Lucienne Laudré France FRA 20    
13 1.45     Bride Adams-Ray Sweden SWE 21    
14 1.40     Évelyne Cloupet France FRA      
15 1.40     Ann-Margret Ahlstrand Sweden SWE 23    
16 1.40     Sidonie Verschueren Belgium BEL      
17 1.40     Elise Van Truyen Belgium BEL 22    
18 1.40     Elisabeth Bonetsmüller Germany GER 21    
AC NM     IJke Buisma Netherlands NED 21    
High Jump Women     Qualifying Round 5 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1T 1.40   Q Bride Adams-Ray Sweden SWE 21    
1T 1.40   Q Kay Maguire United States USA 22    
1T 1.40   Q Elisabeth Bonetsmüller Germany GER 21    
1T 1.40   Q Elise Van Truyen Belgium BEL 22    
1T 1.40   Q Inge Braumüller Germany GER 18    
1T 1.40   Q Lucienne Laudré France FRA 20    
1T 1.40   Q Marjorie Clark South Africa RSA 18    
1T 1.40   Q Mildred Wiley United States USA 26    
1T 1.40   Q Sidonie Verschueren Belgium BEL      
1T 1.40   Q IJke Buisma Netherlands NED 21    
1T 1.40   Q Ann-Margret Ahlstrand Sweden SWE 23    
1T 1.40   Q Lien Gisolf Netherlands NED 17    
1T 1.40   Q Ethel Catherwood Canada CAN 20    
1T 1.40   Q Évelyne Cloupet France FRA      
1T 1.40   Q Hélène Bons France FRA      
1T 1.40   Q Helma Notte Germany GER 16    
1T 1.40   Q Jean Shiley United States USA 16    
1T 1.40   Q Léontine Stevens Belgium BEL 20    
1T 1.40   Q Marion Holley United States USA 18    
20 1.35     Irina Orendi Romania ROU      

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Final

The final started at 2.30 p.m. on the same day. The jumping order is not available and the jumping series are only known for the medalists.

Place Athlete Qual. Height 1.45 1.48 1.51 1.54 1.56 1.58 1.60 Final Height
1  Ethel Catherwood (CAN) 1.40 O O O O O O XXO 1.595[*] WR
2  Lien Gisolf (NED) 1.40 O O O XO XO XXX   1.56
3  Mildred Wiley (USA) 1.40 O O O XO XO XXX   1.56
4  Jean Shiley (USA) 1.40               1.51
5  Marjorie Clark (RSA) 1.40               1.48
6  Helma Notte (GER) 1.40               1.48
7  Inge Braumüller (GER) 1.40               1.48
8  Kay Maguire (USA) 1.40               1.48
9  Marion Holley (USA) 1.40               1.48
10  Léontine Stevens (BEL) 1.40               1.48
11  Hélène Bons (FRA) 1.40               1.45
12  Lucienne Laudré (FRA) 1.40               1.45
13  Bride Adams-Ray (SWE) 1.40               1.45
14  Évelyne Cloupet (FRA) 1.40               1.40
15  Ann-Margret Ahlstrand (SWE) 1.40               1.40
16  Sidonie Verschueren (BEL) 1.40               1.40
17  Elise Van Truyen (BEL) 1.40               1.40
18  Elisabeth Bonetsmüller (GER) 1.40               1.40
 IJke Buisma (NED) 1.40               NM
 Irina Orendi (ROU) 1.35 not qualified for the final
*After Catherwood world record jump the height was remeasured to the new world record height of 1.595 metres.
 
 

 

 

 

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