Athletics at the 1978 Commonwealth Games

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The host stadium for the 1978 edition was later used by the Edmonton Eskimos.

At the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada. A total of 38 events were contested, of which athletes 23 were male and 15 female.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(wind: 7.6 m/s)
 Don Quarrie (JAM) 10.03 w  Allan Wells (SCO) 10.07 w  Hasely Crawford (TRI) 10.09 w
200 metres
(wind: 4.4 m/s)
 Allan Wells (SCO) 20.12 w  James Gilkes (GUY) 20.18 w  Colin Bradford (JAM) 20.43 w
400 metres  Rick Mitchell (AUS) 46.34  Joseph Coombs (TRI) 46.54  Glenn Bogue (CAN) 46.63
800 metres  Mike Boit (KEN) 1:46.39  Seymour Newman (JAM) 1:47.30  Peter Lemashon (KEN) 1:47.57
1500 metres  David Moorcroft (ENG) 3:35.48  Filbert Bayi (TAN) 3:35.59  John Robson (SCO) 3:35.60
5000 metres  Henry Rono (KEN) 13:23.04  Mike Musyoki (KEN) 13:29.92  Brendan Foster (ENG) 13:31.35
10,000 metres  Brendan Foster (ENG) 28:13.65  Mike Musyoki (KEN) 28:19.14  Mike McLeod (ENG) 28:34.30
Marathon  Gidamis Shahanga (TAN) 2:15:40  Jerome Drayton (CAN) 2:16:14  Paul Bannon (CAN) 2:16:52
3000 metres steeplechase  Henry Rono (KEN) 8:26.54  James Munyala (KEN) 8:32.21  Kip Rono (KEN) 8:34.07
110 metres hurdles
(wind: 6.2 m/s)
 Berwyn Price (WAL) 13.70 w  Max Binnington (AUS) 13.73 w  Warren Parr (AUS) 13.73 w
400 metres hurdles  Daniel Kimaiyo (KEN) 49.48  Garry Brown (AUS) 50.04  Alan Pascoe (ENG) 50.09
High jump  Claude Ferragne (CAN) 2.20 m  Greg Joy (CAN) 2.18 m  Dean Bauck (CAN)
 Brian Burgess (SCO)
2.15 m
Pole vault  Bruce Simpson (CAN) 5.10 m  Don Baird (AUS) 5.10 m  Brian Hooper (ENG) 5.00 m
Long jump  Roy Mitchell (ENG) 8.06 m (w)  Chris Commons (AUS) 8.04 m (w)  Suresh Babu (IND) 7.94 m (w)
Triple jump  Keith Connor (ENG) 17.21 m (w)  Ian Campbell (AUS) 16.93 m (w)  Aston Moore (ENG) 16.69 m
Shot put  Geoff Capes (ENG) 19.77 m  Bruno Pauletto (CAN) 19.33 m  Bishop Dolegiewicz (CAN) 18.45 m
Discus throw  Borys Chambul (CAN) 59.70 m  Brad Cooper (BAH) 57.30 m  Rob Gray (CAN) 55.48 m
Hammer throw  Peter Farmer (AUS) 71.10 m  Scott Neilson (CAN) 69.92 m  Chris Black (SCO) 68.14 m
Javelin throw  Phil Olsen (CAN) 84.00 m  Mike O'Rourke (NZL) 83.18 m  Peter Yates (ENG) 78.58 m
Decathlon  Daley Thompson (ENG) 8467 pts  Peter Hadfield (AUS) 7623 pts  Alan Drayton (ENG) 7484 pts
30 km road walk  Olly Flynn (ENG) 2:22:04  Willi Sawall (AUS) 2:22:59  Tim Erickson (AUS) 2:26:34
4×100 metres relay  Scotland
Allan Wells
Drew McMaster
David Jenkins
Cameron Sharp
39.24  Trinidad and Tobago
Chris Brathwaite
Edwin Noel
Ephraim Serrette
Hasely Crawford
39.29  Jamaica
Colin Bradford
Errol Quarrie
Floyd Brown
Oliver Heywood
39.33
4×400 metres relay  Kenya
Daniel Kimaiyo
Joel Ngetich
Washington Njiri
Bill Koskei
3:03.54  Jamaica
Bertland Cameron
Clive Barriffe
Colin Bradford
Floyd Brown
Seymour Newman
3:04.00  Australia
Chum Darvall
Garry Brown
John Higham
Rick Mitchell
3:04.23

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(wind: 2.9 m/s)
 Sonia Lannaman (ENG) 11.27 w  Raelene Boyle (AUS) 11.35 w  Denise Boyd (AUS) 11.37 w
200 metres
(wind: 5.1 m/s)
 Denise Boyd (AUS) 22.82 w  Sonia Lannaman (ENG) 22.89 w  Colleen Beazley (AUS) 22.93 w
400 metres  Donna Hartley (ENG) 51.69  Verona Elder (ENG) 52.94  Bethanie Nail (AUS) 53.06
800 metres  Judy Peckham (AUS) 2:02.82  Tekla Chemabwai (KEN) 2:02.87  Jane Colebrook (ENG) 2:03.10
1500 metres  Mary Stewart (ENG) 4:06.34 GR  Chris Benning (ENG) 4:07.53  Penny Werthner (CAN) 4:08.14
3000 metres  Paula Fudge (ENG) 9:12.95  Heather Thomson (NZL) 9:20.69  Ann Ford (ENG) 9:24.05
100 metres hurdles
(wind: 3.6 m/s)
 Lorna Boothe (ENG) 12.98w  Shirley Strong (ENG) 13.08w  Sharon Colyear (ENG) 13.17w
High jump  Katrina Gibbs (AUS) 1.93 m GR  Debbie Brill (CAN) 1.90 m  Julie White (CAN) 1.83 m
Long jump  Sue Reeve (ENG) 6.59 m  Erica Hooker (AUS) 6.58 m  June Griffith (GUY) 6.52 m
Shot put  Gael Mulhall (AUS) 17.31 m  Carmen Ionesco (CAN) 16.45 m  Judy Oakes (ENG) 16.14 m
Discus throw  Carmen Ionesco (CAN) 62.16 m  Gael Mulhall (AUS) 57.60 m  Lucette Moreau (CAN) 56.64 m
Javelin throw  Tessa Sanderson (ENG) 61.34 m  Alison Hayward (CAN) 54.52 m  Laurie Kern (CAN) 53.60 m
Pentathlon  Diane Konihowski (CAN) 4768 pts GR  Sue Mapstone (ENG) 4222 pts  Yvette Wray (ENG) 4211 pts
4×100 metres relay  England
Beverley Goddard
Kathy Smallwood
Sharon Colyear
Sonia Lannaman
43.70  Canada
Angela Bailey
Margaret Howe
Marjorie Bailey
Patty Loverock
44.26  Australia
Colleen Beazley
Denise Boyd
Lyn Jacenko
Roxanne Gelle
44.78
4×400 metres relay  England
Donna Hartley
Joslyn Hoyte-Smith
Ruth Kennedy
Verona Elder
3:27.19 GR  Australia
Bethanie Nail
Denise Boyd
Judy Peckham
Maxine Corcoran
3:28.65  Canada
Anne Mackie-Morelli
Debbie Campbell
Margaret MacGowan
Rachelle Campbell
3:35.83

Medal table[edit]

England's Dave Moorcroft won the men's 1500 metres.
Tessa Sanderson won her first major javelin title.
Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  England 16 5 12 33
2  Australia 6 11 7 24
3  Canada 6 8 10 24
4  Kenya 5 4 2 11
5  Scotland 2 1 3 6
6  Jamaica 1 2 2 5
7  Tanzania 1 1 0 2
8  Wales 1 0 0 1
9  Trinidad and Tobago 0 2 1 3
10  New Zealand 0 2 0 2
11  Guyana 0 1 1 2
12  Bahamas 0 1 0 1
13  India 0 0 1 1
Total 38 38 39 115

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