Athletics at the 1930 British Empire Games

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The now-modernised Civic Stadium in Hamilton

At the 1930 British Empire Games, the athletics events were held at the Civic Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The programme featured 21 men's events, with all measurements being done in imperial units.

England came away with the most medals in the athletics competition, winning nine gold medals and twenty-five medals overall. The hosts, Canada, were the next most successful and won 19 medals altogether, six of which were gold. South Africa were the other nation to take away a large athletics medal haul, having three golds and ten medals in total. Eight nations featured on the medal tally at the first British Empire Games.

South African Harry Hart was highly successful in the throwing events and he came away from the games as the champion in the shot put and discus throw, as well as being the javelin throw bronze medallist. David Burghley took a hurdles double for England, winning both the 110-yard and 440-yard races. Reg Thomas won the mile run and was the 880 yards silver medallist. John Fitzpatrick of Canada won a medal of each colour in the sprinting events, winning his gold with the Canadian 4×100 metres relay team. Englishman Reg Revans won silver medals in the horizontal jumps, while Canadian Len Hutton won long jump gold, but only a bronze in the triple jump. Johannes Viljoen of South Africa showed his versatility by winning the high jump and reaching the podium in the long jump as well.

Medal summary[edit]

Percy Williams, men's 100 yards champion
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards
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Percy Williams
 Canada
9.9 Ernie Page
 England
10.2e John Fitzpatrick
 Canada
10.2e
220 yards
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Stanley Engelhart
 England
21.8 John Fitzpatrick
 Canada
Willie Walters
 South Africa
440 yards
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Alex Wilson
 Canada
48.8 Willie Walters
 South Africa
48.9e George Golding
 Australia
880 yards
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Tommy Hampson
 England
1:52.4 Reg Thomas
 England
1:55.5e Alex Wilson
 Canada
1:55.6e
1 mile
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Reg Thomas
 England
4:14.0 William Whyte
 Australia
4:17.0e Jerry Cornes
 England
3 miles
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Stan Tomlin
 England
14:27.4 Alex Hillhouse
 Australia
14:27.6e Jack Winfield
 England
14:29.0e
6 miles
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Billy Savidan
 New Zealand
30:49.6 Ernie Harper
 England
31:01.6e Tom Evenson
 England
Marathon
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Dunky Wright
 Scotland
2:43:43 Sam Ferris
 England
2:47.13e Johnny Miles
 Canada
2:48:23e
2 mile steeplechase
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George Bailey
 England
9:52.0 Alex Hillhouse
 Australia
Vernon Morgan
 England
120 yards hurdles
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David Burghley
 England
14.6 Howard Davies
 South Africa
14.7e Fred Gaby
 England
440 yards hurdles
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David Burghley
 England
54.4 Roger Leigh-Wood
 England
55.9e Douglas Neame
 England
High jump
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Johannes Viljoen
 South Africa
6' 3"
(1.905 m)
Colin Gordon
 British Guiana
6' 2"
(1.88 m)
William Stargratt
 Canada
6' 1"
(1.855 m)
Pole vault
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Victor Pickard
 Canada
12' 3"
(3.73 m)
Howard Ford
 England
12' 3"
(3.73 m)
Robert Stoddard
 Canada
12' 0"
(3.655 m)
Long jump
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Len Hutton
 Canada
23' 7½"
(7.20 m)
Reg Revans
 England
22' 6"
(6.86 m)
Johannes Viljoen
 South Africa
22' 6"
(6.86 m)
Triple jump
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Gordon Smallacombe
 Canada
48' 5"
(14.755 m)
Reg Revans
 England
46' 10¾"
(14.29 m)
Len Hutton
 Canada
45' 7¼"
(13.90 m)
Shot putt
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Harry Hart
 South Africa
47' 10"
(14.58 m)
Robert Howland
 England
44' 2"
(13.46 m)
Charles Hermann
 Canada
42' 7"
(12.98 m)
Discus throw
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Harry Hart
 South Africa
135' 11"
(41.425 m)
Charles Hermann
 Canada
135' 3"
(41.22 m)
Abe Zvonkin
 Canada
135' 1"
(41.17 m)
Hammer Throw
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Malcolm Nokes
 England
154' 7"
(47.12 m)
Bill Britton
 Ireland
153' 10"
(46.89 m)
John Cameron
 Canada
145' 10"
(44.45 m)
Javelin throw
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Stan Lay
 New Zealand
207' 1½"
(63.13 m)
Doral Pilling
 Canada
183' 6"
(55.93 m)
Harry Hart
 South Africa
174' 7"
(53.21 m)
4x110 yards relay
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 Canada (CAN)
Jim Brown
John Fitzpatrick
Leigh Miller
Ralph Adams
42.2  England (ENG)
James Cohen
John Heap
John Hanlon
Stanley Engelhart
42.7e  South Africa (SAF)
Howard Davies
Werner Gerhardt
Wilfred Legg
Willie Walters
4x440 yards relay
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 England (ENG)
David Burghley
Stuart Townend
Kenneth Brangwin
Roger Leigh-Wood
3:19.4  Canada (CAN)
Alex Wilson
Art Scott
Jimmy Ball
Stanley Glover
3:19.8e  South Africa (SAF)
John Chandler
Werner Gerhardt
Wilfred Legg
Willie Walters

Medal table[edit]

Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  England 9 10 6 25
2  Canada 6 4 9 19
3  South Africa 3 2 5 10
4  New Zealand 2 0 0 2
5  Scotland 1 0 0 1
6  Australia 0 3 1 4
7=  British Guiana 0 1 0 1
7= Leinster Ireland 0 1 0 1
Total 21 21 21 63

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