1986 Commonwealth Games

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XIII Commonwealth Games
1986 Commonwealth Games logo.svg
Host cityEdinburgh, Scotland
Nations participating27
Athletes participating1,660
Events161 events in 10 sports
Opening ceremony24 July 1986
Closing ceremony2 August 1986
Officially opened byElizabeth II
Queen's Baton Final RunnerAllan Wells
Main venueMeadowbank Stadium

The 1986 Commonwealth Games (Scottish Gaelic: Geamannan a 'Cho-fhlaitheis 1986) were held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between 24 July and 2 August 1986. They were the second Games to be held in Edinburgh. Thirty two of the eligible fifty nine countries (largely African, Asian and Caribbean states) boycotted the event because of the Thatcher government's policy of keeping Britain's sporting links with apartheid South Africa.


Unlike the 1970 Games in Edinburgh, which were popular and successful, the 1986 Games are ill-famed for the wide political boycott connected with them and the resulting financial mismanagement.[1]


In addition to the boycott, further controversy arose when it was revealed that through this much-reduced participation and the resultant decline in anticipated broadcasting and sponsorship revenues, the Organising Committee was facing a big financial black hole. The boycott ended any prospect of securing emergency government assistance. Businessman Robert Maxwell stepped in to offer funding, taking over as chairman; but although he promised to invest £2m, his contribution was just £250,000. On a budget of £14m, the Games opened with a deficit of £3m, which later grew to £4.3m, and instead of putting enough money into the event to save it, the new chairman of the Games asked creditors to forgo half the payment due to them to keep the event out of liquidation. The debt was finally paid off in 1989, with the city of Edinburgh losing approximately £500,000.[2]

Several athletes were excluded because they breached the amateurism rules, most notably lawn bowlers Phil Skoglund from New Zealand and Willie Wood from Scotland, both of whom have competed in subsequent Games.

Participating teams[edit]

Due to the boycott only 27 teams from across the Commonwealth were represented at the 1986 Games.

Participating Commonwealth countries and Territories
Participating Commonwealth countries and territories

^ Note: Bermuda withdrew from the games to join the boycott after the opening day of competition.[3]

Debuting Commonwealth countries and territories


1986 Commonwealth Games boycotting countries dark red

Thirty two of the eligible fifty nine countries (largely African, Asian and Caribbean states) boycotted the event because of the Thatcher government's policy of keeping Britain's sporting links with apartheid South Africa in preference to participating in the general sporting boycott of that country. Consequently, Edinburgh 1986 witnessed the lowest turnout since Auckland 1950.[4] Bermuda was a particularly late withdrawal, as its athletes had appeared in the opening ceremony and in the opening day of competition before the Bermuda Olympic Association decided to formally withdraw.[5]

Commonwealth countries and territories that boycotted the Games

Opening ceremony[edit]

The theme of the opening ceremony celebrated the "Spirit of Youth" and included 6500 Scottish schoolchildren taking part in a series of large Mass Games-style Gymnastics routines. The theme song "Spirit of Youth" was written by Gerard Kenny. The ceremony began on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle from which hundreds of schoolchildren ran down the Royal Mile, through Holyrood Park to Meadowbank Stadium.[7]


Medals by country[edit]

  *   Host nation (Scotland)

1 England (ENG)524349144
2 Canada (CAN)513431116
3 Australia (AUS)404635121
4 New Zealand (NZL)8161438
5 Wales (WAL)651223
6 Scotland (SCO)*3121833
7 Northern Ireland (NIR)24915
8 Isle of Man (IOM)1001
9 Guernsey (GUE)0202
10 Eswatini (SWZ)0101
11 Hong Kong (HKG)0033
12 Malawi (MAW)0022
13 Botswana (BOT)0011
 Jersey (JEY)0011
 Singapore (SIN)0011
Totals (15 entries)163163176502

Medals by event[edit]






Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight  Scott Olson (CAN)  Mark Epton (ENG)  Johnston Todd (NIR)
 Wilson Docherty (SCO)
Flyweight  John Lyon (ENG)  Leonard Makhanya (SWZ)  Kerry Webber (WAL)
 Steve Beaupré (CAN)
Bantamweight  Sean Murphy (ENG)  Roy Nash (NIR)  Glen Brooks (SCO)
 John Sollitoe (JER)
Featherweight  Billy Downey (CAN)  Peter English (ENG)  Chris Carleton (NIR)
 Johnny Wallace (NZL)
Lightweight  Asif Dar (CAN)  Neil Haddock (WAL)  Lyton Mphande (MAW)
 Joey Jacobs (ENG)
Light Welterweight  Howard Grant (CAN)  David Clencie (AUS)  Brendan Lowe (NIR)
 Solomon Kondowe (MAW)
Welterweight  Darren Dyer (ENG)  James McAllister (SCO)  John Shaw (CAN)
 Damien Denny (NIR)
Light Middleweight  Dan Sherry (CAN)  Rick Finch (AUS)  Glynn Thomas (WAL)
 Alec Mullen (SCO)
Middleweight  Rod Douglas (ENG)  Jeff Harding (AUS)  Patrick Tinney (NIR)
 George Ferrie (SCO)
Light Heavyweight  Jim Moran (ENG)  Harry Lawson (SCO)  Brent Kosolofski (CAN)
Heavyweight  Jimmy Thunder (NZL)  Doug Young (SCO)  Dominic D'Amico (CAN)
 Eric Cardouza (ENG)
Super Heavyweight  Lennox Lewis (CAN)  Aneurin Evans (WAL)  James Oyebola (ENG)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial  Martin Vinnicombe (AUS) 00:01:06  Gary Anderson (NZL) 00:01:06  Max Rainsford (AUS) 00:01:07
Sprint  Gary Neiwand (AUS)  Alex Ongaro (CAN)  Eddie Alexander (SCO)
Individual Pursuit  Dean Woods (AUS) 00:04:44  Colin Sturgess (ENG) 00:04:51  Gary Anderson (NZL) 00:04:54
Team Pursuit  Australia
Glenn Clarke
Brett Dutton
Bill Hardy
Wayne McCarney
Dean Woods
00:04:27  New Zealand
Gary Anderson
Russell Clune
Stephen Swart
Andrew Whitford
00:04:34  England
Chris Boardman
Gary Coltman
Rob Muzio
Jon Walshaw
Guy Rowland
10 Miles (16 Kilometres) Scratch  Wayne McCarney (AUS) 00:19:41  Dean Woods (AUS) 00:19:41  Gary Anderson (NZL) 00:19:41


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race  Paul Curran (ENG) 04:08:50  Brian Fowler (NZL) 04:08:50  Jeff Leslie (AUS) 04:08:50
Team Time Trial  England
Alan Gornall
Deno Davie
Keith Reynolds
Paul Curran
02:13:16  New Zealand
Blair Cox
Graeme Miller
Gregory Fraine
Paul Leitch
02:14:50  Northern Ireland
Alastair Irvine
Cormac McCann
Joseph Barr
Martin Quinn

Judo (demonstration sport)[edit]


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls  England
Steve Redgrave
7:28  Australia
Richard Powell
7:33  New Zealand
Eric Verdonk
Double sculls  Canada
Bruce Ford
Pat Walter
6:19  Australia
Paul Reedy
Brenton Terrell
6:21  England
Carl Smith
Allan Whitwell
Coxless pair  England
Andy Holmes
Steve Redgrave
6:40  New Zealand
Barrie Mabbott
Ian Wright
6:43  Scotland
Ewan Pearson
David Riches
Coxless four  Canada
Grant Main
Kevin Neufeld
Paul Steele
Pat Turner
6:01  New Zealand
Andrew Stevenson
Shane O'Brien
Neil Gibson
Don Symon
6:01  England
Graham Faultless
Richard Ireland
Mostyn Field
Humphry Hatton
Coxed four  England
Martin Cross
Adam Clift
Andy Holmes
Steve Redgrave
Adrian Ellison
6:08  New Zealand
Nigel Atherfold
Chris White
Greg Johnston
Bruce Holden
Andrew Bird
6:10  Australia
Mark Doyle
James Galloway
Mike McKay
James Tomkins
Dale Caterson
Eights  Australia
James Galloway
Malcolm Batten
Andrew Cooper
Mike McKay
Mark Doyle
James Tomkins
Ion Popa
Steve Evans
Dale Caterson
5:44  England
John Garrett
John Maxey
Jonathan Spencer-Jones
Mark Buckingham
Patrick Broughton
Richard Stanhope
Stephen Peel
Terence Dillon
Vaughan Thomas
5:46  New Zealand
Mike Burrell[8]
Neil Gibson[9]
Barrie Mabbott[10]
Shane O'Brien[11]
Andrew Stevenson[12]
Don Symon[13]
Carl Vincent[14]
Ian Wright[15]
Andy Hay (cox)[16]
Lightweight single sculls  Australia
Peter Antonie
7:16  Canada
Peter Tattersall
7:27  England
Carl Smith
Lightweight coxless four  England
Christopher Bates
Peter Haining
Neil Staite
Stuart Forbes
6:26  Australia
Simon Cook
Brian Digby
Merrick Howes
Joseph Joyce
6:28  Canada
Dave Henry
Brian Peaker
Bob Thomas
Ryan Tierney
Single sculls  New Zealand
Stephanie Foster
7:43  Canada
Lisa Wright
7:49  England
Gillian Bond
Double sculls  New Zealand
Stephanie Foster
Robin Clarke
7:22  Canada
Heather Clarke
Lisa Robertson
7:49  England
Diane Prince
Claire Parker
Coxless pair  Canada
Kathryn Barr
Andrea Schreiner
7:35  England
Pauline Bird
Flo Johnston
7:42  Australia
Catherine Hall
Alison Smith
Coxed four  Canada
Tina Clarke
Tricia Smith
Lesley Thompson
Jane Tregunno
Jenny Wallinga
6:50  Australia
Deborah Bassett
Susan Chapman-Popa
Robyn Grey-Gardner
Marilyn Kidd
Kaylynn Fry
6:54  England
Joanne Gough
Ann Callaway
Kate Holroyd
Trish Reid
Alison Norrish
Eights  Australia
Annelies Voorthuis
Deborah Bassett
Vicki Spooner
Margot Foster
Marilyn Kidd
Robyn Grey-Gardner
Susan Chapman
Urszula Anne Kay
Kaylynn Fry
6:44  England
Pauline Bird
Alison Bonner
Ann Callaway
Kate Grose
Joanne Gough
Kate Holroyd
Flo Johnston
Alison Norrish
Trish Reid
6:46  Canada
Angela Schneider
Brenda Taylor
Carla Pace
Cathy Harry
Cathy Lund
Gill Saxby
Sandy Coppinger
Sarah Ogilvy
Susan Beck
Lightweight single sculls  Australia
Adair Ferguson
7:45  New Zealand
Philippa Baker
7:46  Canada
Heather Hattin
Lightweight coxless four  England
Alexa Forbes
Gillian Hodges
Lin Clark
Judith Burne
6:55  Australia
Deborah Clingeleffer
Amanda Cross
Virginia Lee
Karin Riedel
7:00  Canada
Anne Drost
Marni Hamilton
Marlene van der Horst
Wendy Wiebe



Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Free Pistol  Greg Yelavich (NZL) 551  Phil Adams (AUS)
 Ho Kar Fai (HKG)
50m Free Pistol – Pairs  Canada
Tom Guinn
Claude Beaulieu
1099  England
Paul Leatherdale
Richard Wang
1090  Australia
Phil Adams
Bengt Sandström
25m Centre-Fire Pistol  Bob Northover (ENG) 583  Phil Adams (AUS) 582  Rod Hack (AUS) 580
25m Centre-Fire Pistol – Pairs  Australia
Phil Adams
Rod Hack
1165  England
Bob Northover
Michael Cutler
1157  New Zealand
Rex Hamilton
Barry O'Neale
25m Rapid-Fire Pistol  Pat Murray (AUS) 591  Adrian Breton (GGY) 588  Mark Howkins (CAN) 585
25m Rapid-Fire Pistol – Pairs  England
Brian Girling
Terry Turner
1169  Australia
Pat Murray
Jack Mast
1152  Canada
Mark Howkins
André Chevrefils
10m Air Pistol  Greg Yelavich (NZL) 575  Tom Guinn (CAN) 574  Gilbert U (HKG) 574
10m Air Pistol – Pairs  England
Paul Leatherdale
Ian Reid
1143  Australia
Phil Adams
Bruce Favell
1143  New Zealand
Greg Yelavich
Barrie Wickins


Event Gold Silver Bronze
50m Rifle Prone  Alan Smith (AUS) 599  Alister Allan (SCO) 598  Gale Stewart (CAN)
 John Knowles (SCO)
50m Rifle Prone – Pairs  Canada
Michael Ashcroft
Gale Stewart
1175  Australia
Donald Brook
Alan Smith
1171  Wales
Terry Wakefield
Colin Harris
50m Rifle Three Positions  Malcolm Cooper (ENG) 1170  Alister Allan (SCO) 1167  Jean-François Sénécal (CAN) 1150
50m Rifle Three Positions – Pairs  England
Malcolm Cooper
Sarah Cooper
2278  Canada
Jean-François Sénécal
Michael Dion
2276  Scotland
Alister Allan
Bill MacNeill
Full Bore Rifle  Stan Golinski (AUS) 396  Alain Marion (CAN) 396  John Bloomfield (ENG) 395
Full Bore Rifle – Pairs  Canada
Bill Baldwin
Alain Marion
583  Australia
James Corbett
Stan Golinski
583  Northern Ireland
David Calvert
Martin Millar
10m Air Rifle  Guy Lorion (CAN) 588  Sharon Bowes (CAN) 583  Malcolm Cooper (ENG) 582
10m Air Rifle – Pairs  Canada
Guy Lorion
Sharon Bowes
1167  Australia
Wolfgang Jobst
Anton Wurfel
1151  England
Malcolm Cooper
Robert Smith


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Trap  Ian Peel (ENG) 195  Peter Boden (ENG) 192  Roland Phillips (WAL) 192
Trap – Pairs  England
Peter Boden
Ian Peel
185  Northern Ireland
Tom Hewitt
Eamon Furphy
183  Australia
Terry Rumbel
Domingo Diaz
Skeet  Nigel Kelly (IOM) 196  Joe Neville (ENG)
 Brian Gabriel (CAN)
Skeet – Pairs  England
Joe Neville
Ken Harman
195  Canada
Brian Gabriel
Don Kwasyncia
193  New Zealand
John Woolley
Jeff Farrell


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight – Overall  Greg Hayman (AUS) 212.5  Charlie Revolta (SCO) 185  Alan Ogilvie (SCO) 177.5
Bantamweight – Overall  Nick Voukelatos (AUS) 245  Clayton Chelley (NZL) 217.5  Teo Yong Joo (SIN) 215
Featherweight – Overall  Ray Williams (WAL) 252.5  David Lowenstein (AUS) 250  Jeffrey Brice (WAL) 235
Lightweight – Overall  Dean Willey (ENG) 315  Ron Laycock (AUS) 307.5  Langis Côté (CAN) 290
Middleweight – Overall  Bill Stellios (AUS) 302.5  Louis Payer (CAN) 300  Neil Taylor (WAL) 270
Light Heavyweight – Overall  Dave Morgan (WAL) 350  Robert Kabbas (AUS) 325  Peter May (ENG) 317.5
Middle Heavyweight – Overall  Keith Boxell (ENG) 350  David Mercer (ENG) 342.5  Guy Greavette (CAN) 340
Sub Heavyweight – Overall  Denis Garon (CAN) 360  Duncan Dawkins (ENG) 332.5  Andrew Saxton (ENG) 327.5
Heavyweight – Overall  Kevin Roy (CAN) 375  Gino Frantangelo (AUS) 372.5  Andrew Davies (WAL) 370
Super Heavyweight – Overall  Dean Lukin (AUS) 392.5  David Bolduc (CAN) 347.5  Charles Garzarella (AUS) 342.5


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight  Ron Moncur (CAN)  Duncan Burns (ENG)  David Connelly (SCO)
Flyweight  Chris Woodcroft (CAN)  James McAlary (AUS)  Nigel Donohue (ENG)
Bantamweight  Mitch Ostberg (CAN)  Steve Reinsfield (NZL)  Brian Aspen (ENG)
Featherweight  Paul Hughes (CAN)  Dan Cumming (AUS)  Stephen Bell (NZL)
Lightweight  Dave McKay (CAN)  Zsigmund Kelevitz (AUS)  Steve Cooper (ENG)
Welterweight  Gary Holmes (CAN)  Geoffrey Marsh (AUS)  Fitz Walker (ENG)
Middleweight  Chris Rinke (CAN)  Wally Koenig (AUS)  Tony Bull (ENG)
Light Heavyweight  Noel Loban (ENG)  Doug Cox (CAN)  Graeme English (SCO)
Heavyweight  Clark Davis (CAN)  Robert Algie (NZL)  David Kilpin (ENG)
Super Heavyweight  Wayne Brightwell (CAN)  Albert Patrick (SCO)  Keith Peache (ENG)

See also[edit]


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  11. ^ "Shane O'Brien". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 3 May 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
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Preceded by
Commonwealth Games
XIII Commonwealth Games
Succeeded by