Athletics at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

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The host stadium for the athletics events

At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at Perry Lakes Stadium in Perth, Australia. The stadium, set in the suburb of Floreat, was purpose-built for the competition. A total of 31 events were contested, of which 21 by male and 10 by female athletes. The competition was affected by hot weather and soldiers from the Australian Army were called upon to supply athletes with water throughout the competition.[1] Heavy wind also affected the programme, with the sprints and jumps most affected by the conditions.

The 1962 Games saw the reintroduction of the men's 3000 metres steeplechase and the women's 880 yards – events which had both been absent for four editions, having previously been held at the 1934 British Empire Games. Kenyan Seraphino Antao's double gold in the sprints, an achievement which marked a breakthrough in the sport for his country. Dorothy Hyman completed the same feat on the women's side. Peter Snell won gold medals in both the 880 yds and the mile run. In the men's 3 miles race, Ron Clarke found himself outdone by reigning Olympics 5000 metres champion Murray Halberg. Women's thrower Valerie Young built upon her 1958 shot put gold with victories in both the shot put and discus throw.

One Games record was improved at the competition: Dixie Willis set a new mark in the women's 880 yards run.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards
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Seraphino Antao
 Kenya
9.50 Tom Robinson
 Bahamas
9.63 Michael Cleary
 Australia
9.78
220 yards
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Seraphino Antao
 Kenya
21.28 Dave Jones
 England
21.59 Johan du Preez
 Rhodesia and Nyasaland
21.70
440 yards
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George Kerr
 Jamaica
46.74 Robbie Brightwell
 England
46.86 Amos Omolo
 Uganda
46.88
880 yards
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Peter Snell
 New Zealand
1:47.64
GR
George Kerr
 Jamaica
1:47.90 Tony Blue
 Australia
1:48.99
1 mile
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Peter Snell
 New Zealand
4:04.58 John Davies
 New Zealand
4:05.12 Terry Sullivan
 Rhodesia and Nyasaland
4:06.61
3 miles
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Murray Halberg
 New Zealand
13:34.15 Ron Clarke
 Australia
13:35.92 Bruce Kidd
 Canada
13:36.37
6 miles
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Bruce Kidd
 Canada
28:26.13
GR
Dave Power
 Australia
28:33.53 John Merriman
 Wales
28:40.26
120 yards hurdles
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Ghulam Raziq
 Pakistan
14.34 Dave Prince
 Australia
14.48 Laurie Taitt
 England
14.81
440 yards hurdles
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Ken Roche
 Australia
51.5 Kimaru Songok
 Kenya
51.9 Benson Ishiepai
 Uganda
52.3
3000 metres steeplechase
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Trevor Vincent
 Australia
8:43.4
GR
Maurice Herriott
 England
8:45.0 Ron Blackney
 Australia
9:00.6
4 × 110 yards relay
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 England (ENG)
Alf Meakin
David Jones
Len Carter
Peter Radford
40.62  Ghana (GHA)
Bonner Mends
Bukari Bashiru
Michael Okantey
Michael Ahey
40.74  Wales (WAL)
David England
Nick Whitehead
Ron Jones
Berwyn Jones
40.80
4 × 440 yards relay
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 Jamaica (JAM)
George Kerr
Laurie Khan
Malcolm Spence
Mel Spence
3:12.3  England (ENG)
Adrian Metcalfe
Barry Jackson
Robert Setti
Robbie Brightwell
3:10.2  Ghana (GHA)
Ebenezer Quartey
Frederick Owusu
James Addy
John Asare-Antwi
3:11.2
Marathon
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Brian Kilby
 England
2:21:17 Dave Power
 Australia
2:22:16 Rod Bonella
 Australia
2:24:07
High jump
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Percy Hobson
 Australia
6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
GR
Chilla Porter
 Australia
6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Anton Norris
 Barbados
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Pole vault
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Trevor Bickle
 Australia
14 ft 9 in (4.50 m) Danie Burger
 Rhodesia and Nyasaland
14 ft 6 in (4.42 m) Ross Filshie
 Australia
14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
Long jump
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Michael Ahey
 Ghana
26 ft 5 in (8.05 m) Dave Norris
 New Zealand
25 ft 4 34 in (7.74 m) Wellesley Clayton
 Jamaica
25 ft 4 14 in (7.73 m)
Triple jump
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Ian Tomlinson
 Australia
53 ft 2 in (16.21 m) John Baguley
 Australia
52 ft 9 14 in (16.08 m) Fred Alsop
 England
52 ft 7 in (16.03 m)
Shot put
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Martyn Lucking
 England
59 ft 4 in (18.08 m) Mike Lindsay
 Scotland
59 ft 2 12 in (18.05 m) Dave Steen
 Canada
58 ft 8 34 in (17.90 m)
Discus throw
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Warwick Selvey
 Australia
185 ft 3 12 in (56.48 m) Mike Lindsay
 Scotland
172 ft 6 in (52.58 m) John Sheldrick
 England
166 ft 3 in (50.67 m)
Hammer throw
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Howard Payne
 England
202 ft 3 in (61.65 m) Dick Leffler
 Australia
196 ft 3 12 in (59.83 m) Robert Brown
 Australia
189 ft 1 12 in (57.65 m)
Javelin throw
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Alf Mitchell
 Australia
256 ft 3 in (78.11 m)
GR
Colin Smith
 England
255 ft 8 12 in (77.94 m) Nick Birks
 Australia
246 ft 3 12 in (75.07 m)

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards
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Dorothy Hyman
 England
11.2 Doreen Porter
 New Zealand
11.3 Brenda Cox
 Australia
11.4
220 yards
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Dorothy Hyman
 England
24.00 Joyce Bennett
 Australia
24.21 Margaret Burvill
 Australia
24.42
880 yards
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Dixie Willis
 Australia
2:03.85
GR
Marise Chamberlain
 New Zealand
2:05.66 Joy Jordan
 England
2:05.96
80 metres hurdles
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Pam Kilborn
 Australia
11.07 Betty Moore
 England
11.40 Avis McIntosh
 New Zealand
11.47
4 × 110 yards relay
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 Australia (AUS)
Brenda Cox
Betty Cuthbert
Glenys Beasley
Joyce Bennett
46.71  England (ENG)
Ann Packer
Dorothy Hyman
Daphne Arden
Betty Moore
46.81  New Zealand (NZL)
Avis McIntosh
Doreen Porter
Molly Cowan
Nola Bond
46.93
High jump
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Robyn Woodhouse
 Australia
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Helen Frith
 Australia
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Michele Mason
 Australia
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Long jump
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Pam Kilborn
 Australia
20 ft 6 34 in (6.27 m) Helen Frith
 Australia
20 ft 5 34 in (6.24 m) Janet Knee
 Australia
20 ft 1 14 in (6.13 m)
Shot put
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Valerie Young
 New Zealand
49 ft 11 12 in (15.23 m) Jean Roberts
 Australia
47 ft 7 12 in (14.52 m) Suzanne Allday
 England
44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)
Discus throw
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Valerie Young
 New Zealand
164 ft 8 12 in (50.20 m) Rosslyn Williams
 Australia
153 ft 1 in (46.66 m) Mary McDonald
 Australia
151 ft 8 in (46.23 m)
Javelin throw
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Sue Platt
 England
164 ft 10 12 in (50.25 m) Rosemary Morgan
 England
162 ft 9 12 in (49.62 m) Anna Pazera
 Australia
159 ft 8 12 in (48.68 m)

Medal table[edit]

Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Australia 12 12 13 37
2 England 7 8 5 20
3 New Zealand 5 4 2 11
4 Jamaica 2 1 1 4
5 Kenya 2 1 0 3
6 Ghana 1 1 1 3
7 Canada 1 0 2 3
8 Pakistan 1 0 0 1
9 Scotland 0 2 0 2
10 Rhodesia and Nyasaland 0 1 2 3
11 Bahamas 0 1 0 1
12 Uganda 0 0 2 2
Wales 0 0 2 2
14 Barbados 0 0 1 1
Total 31 31 31 93

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
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