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The 1934 British Empire Games were the second of what is now known as the Commonwealth Games, held in England from 4–11 August 1934. The host city was London, with the main venue at Wembley Park, although the track cycling events were in Manchester. Seventeen national teams took part, including the Irish Free State (the only Games in which they participated, although at the 1930 Games a team representing the whole of Ireland competed).

2nd British Empire Games
London Commonwealth Games 1934.jpg
Host city London, England
Nations participating 17
Athletes participating 500
Events 68
Opening ceremony 4 August
Closing ceremony 11 August
Main venue White City Stadium
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The 1934 Games had originally been awarded to Johannesburg, South Africa, but were changed to London because of concerns (particularly from Canada) about the way South Africa would treat black and Asian athletes.

Six sports were featured in the Games: athletics in White City Stadium; boxing, wrestling, and aquatics (swimming and diving) in the Empire Pool and Arena, Wembley; cycling in Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester; and lawn bowls at Paddington and Temple.[1] Women's events in athletics were held; the previous games had women's events only in swimming.

Contents

Participating teamsEdit

 
Countries that participated

(Teams participating for the first time in bold).

Medals by countryEdit

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   England 29 20 24 73
2   Canada 17 25 9 51
3   Australia 8 4 2 14
4   South Africa 7 10 5 22
5   Scotland 5 4 17 26
6   New Zealand 1 0 2 3
7   British Guiana 1 0 0 1
8   Wales 0 3 3 6
9   Northern Ireland 0 1 2 3
10   Jamaica 0 1 1 2
11   Southern Rhodesia 0 0 2 2
12   India 0 0 1 1
Total 68 68 68 204

Medals by eventEdit

AthleticsEdit

BoxingEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight   Patrick Palmer (ENG)   Maxie Berger (CAN)   Jackie Pottinger (WAL)
Bantamweight   Freddy Ryan (ENG)   Albert Barnes (WAL)   Thomas Wells (SCO)
Featherweight   Charles Catterall (SAF)   J. D. Jones (WAL)   William Fulton (RHO)
Lightweight   Leslie Cook (AUS)   Frank Taylor (WAL)   Harry Moy (ENG)
Welterweight   Dave McCleave (ENG)   Dick Barton (SAF)   William Duncan (NIR)
Middleweight   Alf Shawyer (ENG)   Leonard Wadsworth (CAN)   Jimmy Magill (NIR)
Light heavyweight   George Brennan (ENG)   George Holton (SCO)   Robey Leibbrandt (SAF)
Heavyweight   Pat Floyd (ENG)   Jan van Rensburg (SAF)   David Douglas-Hamilton (SCO)

CyclingEdit

TrackEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial   Dunc Gray (AUS) 1:16.4   Bob McLeod (CAN) 1:18.0   Ted Clayton (SAF) 1:18.4
Sprint 1000 yd   Ernest Higgins (ENG)   Horace Pethybridge (AUS)   Ted Clayton (SAF)
10 mile Scratch   Bob McLeod (CAN) 24:26.2   Ted Clayton (SAF)   William Harvell (ENG)

DivingEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard   J. Briscoe Ray (ENG) 117.12   Doug Tomalin (ENG) 110.50   Harry Class (CAN) 106.57
10 m platform   Tommy Mather (ENG) 83.83   Doug Tomalin (ENG) 83.63   Louis Marchant (ENG) 70.64

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard   Judith Moss (CAN) 62.27   Lesley Thompson (AUS) 60.49   Doris Ogilvie (CAN) 57.00
10 m platform   Elizabeth MacReady (ENG) 30.74   Lesley Thompson (AUS) 27.64   Cecily Cousens (ENG) 27.36

Lawn BowlsEdit

All events were for men only.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles   Robert Sprot (SCO)   W. S. MacDonald (CAN)   C. A. Abbott (SAF)
Pairs   Tommy Hills
and George Wright (ENG)
  W. G. Hutchinson
and A. A. Langford (CAN)
  Thomas Davies
and Stan Weaver (WAL)
Rinks   England
Fred Biggin
Ernie Gudgeon
Percy Thomlinson
Robert Slater
  Northern Ireland
Percy Watson
Charlie Clawson
George Watson
Cecil Curran
  Scotland
William Lowe
Charles Tait
James Morrison
James Brown

SwimmingEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yd freestyle   George Burleigh (CAN) 55.0   George Larson (CAN) 55.6   Noel Crump (NZL) 56.2
440 yd freestyle   Noel Ryan (AUS) 5:03.0   Norman Wainwright (ENG) 5:07.8   Bob Pirie (CAN) 5:14.8
1500 yd freestyle   Noel Ryan (AUS) 18:25.4   Bob Pirie (CAN) 18:28.4   Norman Wainwright (ENG) 18:33.2
100 yd backstroke   Willie Francis (SCO) 01:05.2   John Besford (ENG) 1:05.6   Ben Gazell (CAN) 1:06.6
200 yd breaststroke   Norman Hamilton (SCO) 2:41.4   William McCarty (JAM) 2:42.4   Bill Puddy (CAN) 2:42.8
4×200 yd freestyle relay   Canada
George Larson
George Burleigh
Robert Hooper
Bob Pirie
8:40.6   England
Mostyn Ffrench-Williams
Norman Wainwright
Reginald Sutton
Bob Leivers
8:52.8   Scotland
George Anderson
Henry Cunningham
Merilees Chassels
William Burns
9:23.4
3×110 yd medley relay   Canada
Ben Gazell
George Burleigh
Albert Puddy
3:11.2   Scotland
Merilees Chassels
Norman Hamilton
Willie Francis
3:15.2   England
Alan Summers
John Besford
Mostyn Ffrench-Williams
3:16.0

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yd freestyle   Phyllis Dewar (CAN) 1:03.0   Irene Pirie (CAN) 1:03.6   Jean McDowell (SCO) 1:05.8
440 yd freestyle   Phyllis Dewar (CAN) 5:45.6   Jenny Maakal (SAF) 5:53.0   Irene Pirie (CAN) 5:54.4
100 yd backstroke   Phyllis Harding (ENG) 1:13.8   Margot Hamilton (SCO) 1:15.0   Valerie Davies (WAL) 1:18.2
200 yd breaststroke   Clare Dennis (AUS) 2:50.2   Phyllis Haslam (CAN) 2:55.4   Margery Hinton (ENG) 2:58.6
4×110 yd freestyle relay   Canada
Phyllis Dewar
Florence Humble
Margaret Hutton
Irene Pirie
4:21.8   South Africa
Jenny Maakal
Enid Hayward
Kathleen Russell
Molly Ryde
4:34.0   England
Edna Hughes
Beatrice Wolstenholme
Olive Bartle
Margery Hinton
4:34.4
3×110 yd medley relay   Canada
Margaret Hutton
Phyllis Haslam
Phyllis Dewar
3:42.0   England
Phyllis Harding
Vera Kingston
Edna Hughes
3:43.0   Scotland
Jean McDowell
Margot Hamilton
Margaret McCullum
3:50.0

WrestlingEdit

All events were for men only.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight   Edward Melrose (SCO)   Ted McKinley (CAN)   Joseph Reid (ENG)
Featherweight   Robert McNab (CAN)   Joe Nelson (ENG)   Murdoch White (SCO)
Lightweight   Dick Garrard (AUS)   G. E. North (ENG)   Howard Thomas (CAN)
Welterweight   Joe Schleimer (CAN)   William Fox (ENG)   Rashid Anwar (IND)
Middleweight   Terry Evans (CAN)   Stanley Bissell (ENG)   Robert Harcus (SCO)
Light heavyweight   Mick Cubbin (SAF)   Bernard Rowe (ENG)   Alex Watt (CAN)
Heavyweight   Jack Knight (AUS)   Pat Meehan (CAN)   Archie Dudgeon (SCO)

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


Preceded by
Hamilton
British Empire Games
London
II British Empire Games
Succeeded by
Sydney