Athletics at the 1994 Commonwealth Games

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Athletics at the 15th Commonwealth Games
Centennial Stadium Victoria.jpg
Host city Victoria, BC, CanadaCanada
Date(s) 21–28 August
Main stadium Centennial Stadium
Level Senior
Participation 732 (+disabled) athletes from
54 nations
Events 42 (+2 disability)
Records set 11 Games records


At the 1994 Commonwealth Games, the athletics event were held in Victoria, BC, Canada, at the Centennial Stadium on the grounds of the University of Victoria. A total of 44 events were contested, of which 22 by male 19 by female athletes. Furthermore, 2 men's disability events were held within the programme.

There were 126 medals decided in total with England topping the table with 36 medals in total. Australia were second with 22 and the host nation Canada came third with 15.

The competition saw both the rise and fall of Horace Dove-Edwin, a sprinter from Sierra Leone. He became his country's first Commonwealth medallist with an unexpected silver medal behind Linford Christie in the 100 metres. He had not attended the opening ceremony as his country did not have enough money for a uniform and his story attracted much public sympathy and attention from the press. His meteoric rise (improving from 10.34 seconds to 10.02 over two days) was swiftly punctured as he was banned for two years after his doping test came back positive for the steroid stanozolol.[1]

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Linford Christie
 England
9.91 Michael Green[2]
 Jamaica
10.05 Frankie Fredericks
 Namibia
10.06
200 metres
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Frankie Fredericks
 Namibia
19.97 GR John Regis
 England
20.25 Daniel Effiong
 Nigeria
20.40
400 metres
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Charles Gitonga
 Kenya
45.00 Du'aine Ladejo
 England
45.11 Sunday Bada
 Nigeria
45.45
800 metres
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Patrick Konchellah
 Kenya
1:45.18 Hezekiél Sepeng
 South Africa
1:45.76 Savieri Ngidhi
 Zimbabwe
1:46.06
1500 metres
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Reuben Chesang
 Kenya
3:36.70 Kevin Sullivan
 Canada
3:36.78 John Mayock
 England
3:37.22
5000 metres
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Rob Denmark
 England
13:23.00 Philemon Hanneck
 Zimbabwe
13:23.20 John Nuttall
 England
13:23.54
10,000 metres
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Lameck Aguta
 Kenya
28:38.22 Tendai Chimusasa
 Zimbabwe
28:47.72 Fackson Nkandu
 Zambia
28:51.72
Marathon
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Steve Moneghetti
 Australia
2:11:49 Sean Quilty
 Australia
2:14:57 Mark Hudspith
 England
2:15:11
110 metres hurdles
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Colin Jackson
 Wales
13.08 GR Tony Jarrett
 England
13.22 Paul Gray
 Wales
13.54
400 metres hurdles
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Samuel Matete
 Zambia
48.67 Gideon Biwott
 Kenya
49.43 Barnabas Kinyor
 Kenya
49.50
3000 metres steeplechase
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Johnstone Kipkoech
 Kenya
8:14.72 GR Gideon Chirchir
 Kenya
8:15.25 Graeme Fell
 Canada
8:23.28
4 × 100 metres relay
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 Canada (CAN)
Donovan Bailey
Glenroy Gilbert
Carlton Chambers
Bruny Surin
38.39 GR  Australia (AUS)
Shane Naylor
Paul Henderson
Tim Jackson
Damien Marsh
Kyle Vander Kuyp
38.88  England (ENG)
Jason John
Philip Goedluck
Toby Box
Terry Williams
Mark Smith
39.39
4 × 400 metres relay
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 England (ENG)
David McKenzie
Peter Crampton
Adrian Patrick
Du'aine Ladejo
Alex Fugallo
Mark Smith
3:02.14 GR  Jamaica (JAM)
Orville Taylor
Dennis Blake
Linval Laird
Garth Robinson
Roxbert Martin
3:02.32  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
Patrick Delice
Neil de Silva
Hayden Stephen
Ian Morris
3:02.78
30 kilometres walk
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Nick A'Hern
 Australia
2:07:53 Tim Berrett
 Canada
2:08:22 Scott Nelson
 New Zealand
2:09:10
High jump
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Tim Forsyth
 Australia
2.32 m Steve Smith
 England
2.32 m Geoff Parsons
 Scotland
2.31 m
Pole vault
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Neil Winter
 Wales
5.40 m GR Curtis Heywood
 Canada
5.30 m James Miller
 Australia
5.30 m
Long jump
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Obinna Eregbu
 Nigeria
8.05 m David Culbert
 Australia
8.00 m Ian James
 Canada
7.93 m
Triple jump
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Julian Golley
 England
17.03 m Jonathan Edwards
 England
17.00 m Brian Wellman
 Bermuda
17.00 m
Shot put
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Matt Simson
 England
19.49 m Courtney Ireland
 New Zealand
19.38 m Chima Ugwu
 Nigeria
19.26 m
Discus throw
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Werner Reiterer
 Australia
62.76 m Adewale Olukoju
 Nigeria
62.46 m Robert Weir
 England
60.86 m
Hammer throw
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Sean Carlin
 Australia
73.48 m Paul Head
 England
70.18 m Peter Vivian
 England
69.80 m
Javelin throw
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Steve Backley
 England
82.74 m Mick Hill
 England
81.84 m Gavin Lovegrove
 New Zealand
80.42 m
Decathlon
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Mike Smith
 Canada
8326 pts Peter Winter
 Australia
8074 pts Simon Shirley
 Australia
7980 pts

Men's disability events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
800m wheelchair Jeff Adams
 Canada
1:44.94 GR David Holding
 England
1:45.13 Paul Wiggins
 Australia
1:45.40
Marathon wheelchair Paul Wiggins
 Australia
1:37:33 GR Ivan Newman
 England
1:41:55 Ben Lucas
 New Zealand
1:42:19

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Mary Onyali
 Nigeria
11.06 Christy Opara-Thompson
 Nigeria
11.22 Paula Thomas
 England
11.23
200 metres
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Cathy Freeman
 Australia
22.25 GR Mary Onyali
 Nigeria
22.35 Melinda Gainsford
 Australia
22.68
400 metres
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Cathy Freeman
 Australia
50.38 GR Fatima Yusuf
 Nigeria
50.53 Sandie Richards
 Jamaica
50.69
800 metres
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Inez Turner
 Jamaica
2:01.74 Charmaine Crooks
 Canada
2:02.35 Gladys Wamuyu
 Kenya
2:03.12
1500 metres
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Kelly Holmes
 England
4:08.86 Paula Schnurr
 Canada
4:09.65 Gwen Griffiths
 South Africa
4:10.16
3000 metres
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Angela Chalmers
 Canada
8:32.17 GR Robyn Meagher
 Canada
8:45.59 Alison Wyeth
 England
8:47.98
10,000 metres
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Yvonne Murray
 Scotland
31:56.97 Elana Meyer
 South Africa
32:06.02 Jane Omoro
 Kenya
32:13.01
Marathon
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Carole Rouillard
 Canada
2:30:41 Lizanne Bussières
 Canada
2:31:07 Yvonne Danson
 England
2:32:24
100 metres hurdles
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Michelle Freeman
 Jamaica
13.12 Jacqui Agyepong
 England
13.14 Sam Farquharson
 England
13.38
400 metres hurdles
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Sally Gunnell
 England
54.51 Deon Hemmings
 Jamaica
55.11 Debbie-Ann Parris
 Jamaica
55.25
4 × 100 metres relay
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 Nigeria (NGR)
Faith Idehen
Mary Tombiri
Christy Opara-Thompson
Mary Onyali
42.99  Australia (AUS)
Monique Miers
Cathy Freeman
Melinda Gainsford
Kathy Sambell
43.43  England (ENG)
Stephi Douglas
Geraldine McLeod
Simmone Jacobs
Paula Thomas
43.46
4 × 400 metres relay
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 England (ENG)
Phylis Smith
Tracy Goddard
Linda Keough
Sally Gunnell
3:27.06 GR  Jamaica (JAM)
Revoli Campbell
Deon Hemmings
Inez Turner
Sandie Richards
3:28.63  Canada (CAN)
Alanna Yakiwchuck
Stacey Bowen
Donalda Duprey
Charmaine Crooks
3:33.52
10 kilometres walk
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Kerry Saxby-Junna
 Australia
44:25 Anne Manning
 Australia
44:37 Janice McCaffrey
 Canada
44:54
High jump
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Alison Inverarity
 Australia
1.94 m Charmaine Weavers
 South Africa
1.94 m Debbie Marti
 England
1.91 m
Long jump
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Nicole Boegman
 Australia
6.82 m Yinka Idowu
 England
6.73 m Christy Opara-Thompson
 Nigeria
6.72 m
Shot put
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Judy Oakes
 England
18.16 m Myrtle Augee
 England
17.64 m Lisa-Marie Vizaniari
 Australia
16.61 m
Discus throw
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Daniela Costian
 Australia
63.72 m GR Beatrice Faumuina
 New Zealand
57.12 m Lizette Etsebeth
 South Africa
55.74 m
Javelin throw
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Louise McPaul
 Australia
63.76 m Kirsten Hellier
 New Zealand
60.40 m Sharon Gibson
 England
58.20 m
Heptathlon
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Denise Lewis
 England
6325 pts Jane Flemming
 Australia
6317 pts Catherine Bond-Mills
 Canada
6193 pts

Medal table[edit]

Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
2  Australia (AUS) 12 6 5 23
1  England (ENG) 11 14 13 38
3  Canada (CAN) 6 6 4 15
4  Kenya (KEN) 5 2 3 10
5  Nigeria (NGR) 3 4 3 10
6  Jamaica (JAM) 2 4 2 8
7  Wales (WAL) 2 0 1 3
8=  Namibia (NAM) 1 0 1 2
8=  Scotland (SCO) 1 0 1 2
8=  Zambia (ZAM) 1 0 1 2
11  New Zealand (NZL) 0 3 3 5
12  South Africa (RSA) 0 3 2 5
13  Zimbabwe (ZIM) 0 2 1 3
14=  Bermuda (BER) 0 0 1 1
14=  Nigeria (NGR) 0 0 1 1
14=  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 0 0 1 1
Total 44 44 44 132

Participation[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Mackay, Duncan (1994-08-29). Commonwealth Games: Africa's hero tests positive for drugs: Runner-up to Christie in men's 100m final faces four-year ban from the sport after showing traces of steroids. The Independent. Retrieved on 2010-08-29.
  2. ^ Horace Dove-Edwin of Sierra Leone originally won the silver medal in 10.02 seconds, but was disqualified for doping.