Athletics at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games

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The track and the athletics main stadium

At the 1970 British Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. A total of 36 events were contested, of which 23 by male and 13 by female athletes. This was the first athletics competition at the British Commonwealth Games to feature events in metric units, rather than imperial units. Two Games records were broken at the competition.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(wind: 3.6 m/s)
 Don Quarrie (JAM) 10.24w  Lennox Miller (JAM) 10.32w  Hasely Crawford (TRI) 10.33w
200 metres  Don Quarrie (JAM) 20.56  Edwin Roberts (TRI) 20.69  Charles Asati (KEN) 20.74
400 metres  Charles Asati (KEN) 45.01  Ross Wilson (AUS) 45.61  Saimoni Tamani (FIJ) 45.82
800 metres  Robert Ouko (KEN) 1:46.89  Ben Cayenne (TRI) 1:47.42  William Smart (CAN) 1:47.43
1500 metres  Kip Keino (KEN) 3:36.68  Dick Quax (NZL) 3:38.19  Brendan Foster (ENG) 3:40.63
5000 metres  Ian Stewart (SCO) 13:22.85  Ian McCafferty (SCO) 13:23.34  Kip Keino (KEN) 13:27.6
10,000 metres  Lachie Stewart (SCO) 28:11.72  Ron Clarke (AUS) 28:13.45  Dick Taylor (ENG) 28:15.35
Marathon  Ron Hill (ENG) 2:09:28  Jim Alder (SCO) 2:12:04  Don Faircloth (ENG) 2:12:19
3000 metres steeplechase  Tony Manning (AUS) 8:26.2  Ben Jipcho (KEN) 8:29.6  Amos Biwott (KEN) 8:30.8
110 metres hurdles
(wind: 2.9 m/s)
 David Hemery (ENG) 13.66w  Mal Baird (AUS) 13.86w  Godfrey Murray (JAM) 14.02w
400 metres hurdles  John Sherwood (ENG) 50.03  William Koskei (KEN) 50.15  Charles Kipkemboi Yego (KEN) 50.19
High jump  Lawrie Peckham (AUS) 2.14 m  John Hawkins (CAN) 2.12 m  Sheikh Faye (GAM) 2.10 m
Pole vault  Mike Bull (NIR) 5.10 m  Alan Kane (CAN) 4.90 m  Robert Raftis (CAN) 4.90 m
Long jump  Lynn Davies (WAL) 8.06 m (w)  Phil May (AUS) 7.94 m (w)  Alan Lerwill (ENG) 7.94 m (w)
Triple jump  Phil May (AUS) 16.72 m  Mick McGrath (AUS) 16.41 m  Mohinder Singh Gill (IND) 15.90 m
Shot put  David Steen (CAN) 19.21 m  Jeff Teale (ENG) 18.43 m  Les Mills (NZL) 18.40 m
Discus throw  George Puce (CAN) 59.02 m  Les Mills (NZL) 57.84 m  Bill Tancred (ENG) 56.68 m
Hammer throw  Howard Payne (ENG) 67.80 m  Bruce Fraser (ENG) 62.90 m  Barry Williams (ENG) 61.58 m
Javelin throw  Dave Travis (ENG) 79.50 m  John McSorley (ENG) 76.74 m  John FitzSimons (ENG) 73.20 m
Decathlon  Geoff Smith (AUS) 7492 pts  Peter Gabbett (ENG) 7469 pts  Barry King (ENG) 7201 pts
20 miles road walk  Noel Freeman (AUS) 2:33:33 GR  Bob Gardiner (AUS) 2:35:55  Bill Sutherland (SCO) 2:37:24
4 x 100 metres relay  Jamaica
Carl Lawson
Don Quarrie
Errol Stewart
Lennox Miller
39.46  Ghana
Edward Owusu
George Daniels
James Addy
Michael Ahey
39.82  England
Brian Green
Dave Dear
Ian Green
Martin Reynolds
40.05
4 x 400 metres relay  Kenya
Charles Asati
Munyoro Nyamau
Julius Sang
Robert Ouko
3:03.63  Trinidad and Tobago
Ben Cayenne
Edwin Roberts
Kent Bernard
Mel Wong Shing
3:05.49  England
John Sherwood
Leonard Barry Walters
Martin Bilham
Mark Hauck
3:05.53

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(wind: 5.3 m/s)
 Raelene Boyle (AUS) 11.26w  Alice Annum (GHA) 11.32w  Marion Hoffman (AUS) 11.36w
200 metres
(wind: 4.0 m/s)
 Raelene Boyle (AUS) 22.75w  Alice Annum (GHA) 22.86w  Margaret Critchley (ENG) 23.16w
400 metres  Marilyn Neufville (JAM) 51.02 WR  Sandra Brown (AUS) 53.66  Judith Ayaa (UGA) 53.77
800 metres  Rosemary Stirling (SCO) 2:06.24  Pat Lowe (ENG) 2:06.27  Cheryl Peasley (AUS) 2:06.33
1500 metres  Rita Ridley (ENG) 4:18.8  Joan Page (ENG) 4:19.0  Thelma Fynn (CAN) 4:19.1
100 metres hurdles  Pam Kilborn (AUS) 13.27  Maureen Caird (AUS) 13.73  Christine Bell (ENG) 13.82
High jump  Debbie Brill (CAN) 1.78 m  Ann Wilson (ENG) 1.70 m  Moira Walls (SCO) 1.70 m
Long jump  Sheila Sherwood (ENG) 6.73 m  Ann Wilson (ENG) 6.50 m  Joan Hendry (CAN) 6.28 m
Shot put  Mary Peters (NIR) 15.93 m  Barbara Poulsen (NZL) 15.87 m  Jean Roberts (AUS) 15.32 m
Discus throw  Rosemary Payne (SCO) 54.46 m  Jean Roberts (AUS) 51.02 m  Carol Martin (CAN) 48.42 m
Javelin throw  Petra Rivers (AUS) 52.00 m  Anne Farquhar (ENG) 50.82 m  Jay Dahlgren (CAN) 49.54 m
Pentathlon  Mary Peters (NIR) 5148 pts GR  Ann Wilson (ENG) 5037 pts  Jenny Wingerson (CAN) 4736 pts
4 x 100 metres relay  Australia
Jennifer Lamy
Marion Hoffman
Pamela Ryan
Raelene Boyle
44.14  England
Anita Neil
Madeleine Cobb
Margaret Critchley
Val Peat
44.28  Canada
Joan Hendry
Joyce Ladowick
Patti Loverock
Stephanie Berto
44.68

Medal table[edit]

Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia 10 9 3 22
2  England 7 11 12 30
3  Scotland 4 2 2 8
4  Kenya 4 1 4 9
5  Jamaica 4 1 1 6
6  Canada 3 2 8 13
7  Northern Ireland 3 0 0 3
8  Wales 1 0 0 1
9=  New Zealand 0 3 1 4
9=  Trinidad and Tobago 0 3 1 4
11  Ghana 0 3 0 3
12  Uganda 0 1 1 2
13=  Gambia 0 0 1 1
13=  India 0 0 1 1
13=  Fiji 0 0 1 1
Total 36 36 36 108

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