Athletics at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

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The host stadium for the athletics events

At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at Perry Lakes Stadium in Perth, Australia. The stadium, set in the suburb of Floreat, was purpose-built for the competition. A total of 31 events were contested, of which 21 by male and 10 by female athletes. The competition was affected by hot weather and soldiers from the Australian Army were called upon to supply athletes with water throughout the competition.[1] Heavy wind also affected the programme, with the sprints and jumps most affected by the conditions.

The 1962 Games saw the reintroduction of the men's 3000 metres steeplechase and the women's 880 yards – events which had both been absent for four editions, having previously been held at the 1934 British Empire Games. Kenyan Seraphino Antao's double gold in the sprints, an achievement which marked a breakthrough in the sport for his country. Dorothy Hyman completed the same feat on the women's side. Peter Snell won gold medals in both the 880 yds and the mile run. In the men's 6 miles race, Ron Clarke found himself outdone by reigning Olympics 5000 metres champion Murray Halberg. Women's thrower Valerie Young built upon her 1958 shot put gold with victories in both the shot put and discus throw.

One Games record was improved at the competition: Dixie Willis set a new mark in the women's 880 yards run.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards
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 Seraphino Antao
Kenya (KEN)
9.50  Tom Robinson
Bahamas (BAH)
9.63  Michael Cleary
Australia (AUS)
9.78
220 yards
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 Seraphino Antao
Kenya (KEN)
21.28  Dave Jones
England (ENG)
21.59  Johan du Preez
Rhodesia and Nyasaland (FRN)
21.70
440 yards
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 George Kerr
Jamaica (JAM)
46.74  Robbie Brightwell
England (ENG)
46.86  Amos Omolo
Uganda (UGA)
46.88
880 yards
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 Peter Snell
New Zealand (NZL)
1:47.64
GR
 George Kerr
Jamaica (JAM)
1:47.90  Tony Blue
Australia (AUS)
1:48.99
1 mile
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 Peter Snell
New Zealand (NZL)
4:04.58  John Davies
New Zealand (NZL)
4:05.12  Terry Sullivan
Rhodesia and Nyasaland (FRN)
4:06.61
3 miles
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 Murray Halberg
New Zealand (NZL)
13:34.15  Ron Clarke
Australia (AUS)
13:35.92  Bruce Kidd
Canada (CAN)
13:36.37
6 miles
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 Bruce Kidd
Canada (CAN)
28:26.13
GR
 Dave Power
Australia (AUS)
28:33.53  John Merriman
Wales (WAL)
28:40.26
120 yards hurdles
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 Ghulam Raziq
Pakistan (PAK)
14.34  Dave Prince
Australia (AUS)
14.48  Laurie Taitt
England (ENG)
14.81
440 yards hurdles
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 Ken Roche
Australia (AUS)
51.5  Kimaru Songok
Kenya (KEN)
51.9  Benson Ishiepai
Uganda (UGA)
52.3
3000 metres steeplechase
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 Trevor Vincent
Australia (AUS)
8:43.4
GR
 Maurice Herriott
England (ENG)
8:45.0  Ron Blackney
Australia (AUS)
9:00.6
4 × 110 yards relay
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 England (ENG)
Alfred Meakin
David Jones
Len Carter
Peter Radford
40.62  Ghana (GHA)
Bonner Mends
Bukari Bashiru
Michael Okantey
Michael Ahey
40.74  Wales (WAL)
David England
Nick Whitehead
Ron Jones
Berwyn Jones
40.80
4 × 440 yards relay
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 Jamaica (JAM)
George Kerr
Lawrence Khan
Malcolm Spence
Mel Spence
3:12.3  England (ENG)
Adrian Metcalfe
Barry Jackson
Robert Setti
Robbie Brightwell
3:10.2  Ghana (GHA)
Ebenezer Quartey
Frederick Owusu
James Addy
John Asare-Antwi
3:11.2
Marathon
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 Brian Kilby
England (ENG)
2:21:17  Dave Power
Australia (AUS)
2:22:16  Rod Bonella
Australia (AUS)
2:24:07
High jump
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 Percy Hobson
Australia (AUS)
6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
GR
 Chilla Porter
Australia (AUS)
6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)  Anton Norris
Barbados (BAR)
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Pole vault
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 Trevor Bickle
Australia (AUS)
14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)  Danie Burger
Rhodesia and Nyasaland (FRN)
14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)  Ross Filshie
Australia (AUS)
14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
Long jump
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 Michael Ahey
Ghana (GHA)
26 ft 5 in (8.05 m)  Dave Norris
New Zealand (NZL)
25 ft 4 34 in (7.74 m)  Wellesley Clayton
Jamaica (JAM)
25 ft 4 14 in (7.73 m)
Triple jump
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 Ian Tomlinson
Australia (AUS)
53 ft 2 in (16.21 m)  John Baguley
Australia (AUS)
52 ft 9 14 in (16.08 m)  Fred Alsop
England (ENG)
52 ft 7 in (16.03 m)
Shot put
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 Martyn Lucking
England (ENG)
59 ft 4 in (18.08 m)  Mike Lindsay
Scotland (SCO)
59 ft 2 12 in (18.05 m)  Dave Steen
Canada (CAN)
58 ft 8 34 in (17.90 m)
Discus throw
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 Warwick Selvey
Australia (AUS)
185 ft 3 12 in (56.48 m)  Mike Lindsay
Scotland (SCO)
172 ft 6 in (52.58 m)  John Sheldrick
England (ENG)
166 ft 3 in (50.67 m)
Hammer throw
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 Howard Payne
England (ENG)
202 ft 3 in (61.65 m)  Dick Leffler
Australia (AUS)
196 ft 3 12 in (59.83 m)  Bob Brown
Australia (AUS)
189 ft 1 12 in (57.65 m)
Javelin throw
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 Alf Mitchell
Australia (AUS)
256 ft 3 in (78.11 m)
GR
 Colin Smith
England (ENG)
255 ft 8 12 in (77.94 m)  Nick Birks
Australia (AUS)
246 ft 3 12 in (75.07 m)

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards
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 Dorothy Hyman
England (ENG)
11.2  Doreen Porter
New Zealand (NZL)
11.3  Brenda Cox
Australia (AUS)
11.4
220 yards
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 Dorothy Hyman
England (ENG)
24.00  Joyce Bennett
Australia (AUS)
24.21  Margaret Burvill
Australia (AUS)
24.42
880 yards
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 Dixie Willis
Australia (AUS)
2:03.85
GR
 Marise Chamberlain
New Zealand (NZL)
2:05.66  Joy Jordan
England (ENG)
2:05.96
80 metres hurdles
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 Pam Kilborn
Australia (AUS)
11.07  Betty Moore
England (ENG)
11.40  Avis McIntosh
New Zealand (NZL)
11.47
4 × 110 yards relay
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 Australia (AUS)
Brenda Cox
Betty Cuthbert
Glenys Beasley
Joyce Bennett
46.71  England (ENG)
Ann Packer
Dorothy Hyman
Daphne Arden
Betty Moore
46.81  New Zealand (NZL)
Avis McIntosh
Doreen Porter
Molly Cowan
Nola Bond
46.93
High jump
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 Robyn Woodhouse
Australia (AUS)
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)  Helen Frith
Australia (AUS)
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)  Michele Mason
Australia (AUS)
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Long jump
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 Pam Kilborn
Australia (AUS)
20 ft 6 34 in (6.27 m)  Helen Frith
Australia (AUS)
20 ft 5 34 in (6.24 m)  Janet Knee
Australia (AUS)
20 ft 1 14 in (6.13 m)
Shot put
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 Valerie Young
New Zealand (NZL)
49 ft 11 12 in (15.23 m)  Jean Roberts
Australia (AUS)
47 ft 7 12 in (14.52 m)  Suzanne Allday
England (ENG)
44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)
Discus throw
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 Valerie Young
New Zealand (NZL)
164 ft 8 12 in (50.20 m)  Rosslyn Williams
Australia (AUS)
153 ft 1 in (46.66 m)  Mary McDonald
Australia (AUS)
151 ft 8 in (46.23 m)
Javelin throw
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 Sue Platt
England (ENG)
164 ft 10 12 in (50.25 m)  Rosemary Morgan
England (ENG)
162 ft 9 12 in (49.62 m)  Anna Pazera
Australia (AUS)
159 ft 8 12 in (48.68 m)

Medal table[edit]

Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Australia 12 12 13 37
2 England 7 8 5 20
3 New Zealand 5 4 2 11
4 Jamaica 2 1 1 4
5 Kenya 2 1 0 3
6 Ghana 1 1 1 3
7 Canada 1 0 2 3
8 Pakistan 1 0 0 1
9 Scotland 0 2 0 2
10 Rhodesia and Nyasaland 0 1 2 3
11 Bahamas 0 1 0 1
12 Uganda 0 0 2 2
Wales 0 0 2 2
14 Barbados 0 0 1 1
Total 31 31 31 93

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
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