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An event of firsts
At the opening ceremony the Olympic protocol of Greece, the birthplace of the modern Games, leading the parade of nations with the host country marching in last was established. Another first took place in Amsterdam, with the emergence of the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.
Banned from the 1920 and 1924 Games because of World War I, Germany made a triumphant return in 1928. The Germans won 31 medals, including 10 gold medals, to place them second in the standings behind United States.
The end of an era
The great Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi took part in his final Olympics and won one gold in the 10,000m - taking his tally to nine.