On this day: 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games opened



Sat, 29 Jul 2017 - 05:30 GMT


Sat, 29 Jul 2017 - 05:30 GMT

Amesterdam hosted the 9th Olympic Tournament - The Olympic Shop

Amesterdam hosted the 9th Olympic Tournament - The Olympic Shop

The 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, in which Egypt won two gold medals, was celebrating its opening ceremony on this day, 28 July, in 1928.

The ninth tournament started on this day 89 years ago. It was a different world, but with the same passion for sports. The Olympic flame was lit during the games for the first time, while another tradition was set when original Olympic country Greece started the parade of nations, which then ended with the host country.

It was also the first time for the Germans to participate in the games since 1912, as the Germans were banned in 1920 and 1924 due to political reasons.

Egypt was written in history in this tournament, winning the first Arab gold medals. The Pharaohs won two gold medals, one silver medal and another bronze medal.

El Sayed Nosseir, weightlifter, became Egypt's first-ever Olympic gold medal winner on July 29 when he won in the men's 82.5 kg division. Then, wrestler Ibrahim Moustafa got the gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling for the light heavyweight division on August 5.

Diver Farid Simaika won the bronze in the men's 3-meter springboard and the silver for the men's 10-meter platform.

The Egyptian football team had a great achievement in the tournament despite not getting a medal. In the first round, Egypt defeated Turkey 7-1, then beat Portugal 2-1 in the quarter-finals, before losing to Argentina 6-0 in the semi-finals and losing to Italy 11-3 in the bronze medal match, achieving fourth place.

Amsterdam witnessed many achievements by the Egyptian athletes, but has never hosted the Olympic Games again since 1928.



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