1986 Commonwealth Games
|Host city||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Events||161 events in 10 sports|
|Opening ceremony||24 July 1986|
|Closing ceremony||2 August 1986|
|Officially opened by||Elizabeth II|
|Queen's Baton Final Runner||Allan Wells|
|Main venue||Meadowbank 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.
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.
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.
Due to the boycott only 27 teams from across the Commonwealth were represented at the 1986 Games.
|Participating Commonwealth countries and territories|
|Debuting Commonwealth countries and territories|
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. 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.
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.
Medals by country
|4||New Zealand (NZL)||8||16||14||38|
|7||Northern Ireland (NIR)||2||4||9||15|
|8||Isle of Man (IOM)||1||0||0||1|
|11||Hong Kong (HKG)||0||0||3||3|
|Totals (15 entries)||163||163||176||502|
Medals by event
|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
|00:04:27|| New Zealand
|10 Miles (16 Kilometres) Scratch||Wayne McCarney (AUS)||00:19:41||Dean Woods (AUS)||00:19:41||Gary Anderson (NZL)||00:19:41|
|Road Race||Paul Curran (ENG)||04:08:50||Brian Fowler (NZL)||04:08:50||Jeff Leslie (AUS)||04:08:50|
|Team Time Trial|| England
|02:13:16|| New Zealand
|02:14:50|| Northern Ireland
Judo (demonstration sport)
|50m Free Pistol||Greg Yelavich (NZL)||551|| Phil Adams (AUS)
Ho Kar Fai (HKG)
|50m Free Pistol – Pairs|| Canada
|25m Centre-Fire Pistol||Bob Northover (ENG)||583||Phil Adams (AUS)||582||Rod Hack (AUS)||580|
|25m Centre-Fire Pistol – Pairs|| Australia
|1157|| New Zealand
|25m Rapid-Fire Pistol||Pat Murray (AUS)||591||Adrian Breton (GGY)||588||Mark Howkins (CAN)||585|
|25m Rapid-Fire Pistol – Pairs|| England
|10m Air Pistol||Greg Yelavich (NZL)||575||Tom Guinn (CAN)||574||Gilbert U (HKG)||574|
|10m Air Pistol – Pairs|| England
|1143|| New Zealand
|50m Rifle Prone||Alan Smith (AUS)||599||Alister Allan (SCO)||598|| Gale Stewart (CAN)
John Knowles (SCO)
|50m Rifle Prone – Pairs|| Canada
|50m Rifle Three Positions||Malcolm Cooper (ENG)||1170||Alister Allan (SCO)||1167||Jean-François Sénécal (CAN)||1150|
|50m Rifle Three Positions – Pairs|| England
|Full Bore Rifle||Stan Golinski (AUS)||396||Alain Marion (CAN)||396||John Bloomfield (ENG)||395|
|Full Bore Rifle – Pairs|| Canada
|583|| Northern Ireland
|10m Air Rifle||Guy Lorion (CAN)||588||Sharon Bowes (CAN)||583||Malcolm Cooper (ENG)||582|
|10m Air Rifle – Pairs|| Canada
|Trap||Ian Peel (ENG)||195||Peter Boden (ENG)||192||Roland Phillips (WAL)||192|
|Trap – Pairs|| England
|185|| Northern Ireland
|Skeet||Nigel Kelly (IOM)||196|| Joe Neville (ENG)
Brian Gabriel (CAN)
|Skeet – Pairs|| England
|193|| New Zealand
|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|
|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)|
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