1978 Commonwealth Games

The 1978 Commonwealth Games were held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from 3 to 12 August 1978, two years after the 1976 Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec. They were boycotted by Nigeria, in protest of New Zealand's sporting contacts with apartheid-era South Africa, as well as by Uganda, in protest of alleged Canadian hostility towards the government of Idi Amin.[1] The Bid Election was held at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

XI Commonwealth Games
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Host cityEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nations participating47
Athletes participating1,475
Events128 events in 11 sports
Opening ceremony3 August
Closing ceremony12 August
Officially opened byElizabeth II
Athlete's OathBeverly Boys
Queen's Baton Final RunnerDiane Jones Konihowski
Main venueCommonwealth Stadium
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This was the first Commonwealth Games where a computerised system was used to handle ticket sales.

These were the first Commonwealth Games to be named Commonwealth Games, having dropped British.

Host selectionEdit

1978 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Round 1
  Edmonton 36
  Leeds 10

Participating teamsEdit

Participating countries

46 teams were represented at the 1978 Games.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).

Participating Commonwealth countries and territories

Medals by countryEdit

The Queen, Prince Philip, and their two younger sons, Andrew and Edward, at the opening of the 1978 Commonwealth Games, in Edmonton, Alberta

  *   Host nation (Canada)

1  Canada (CAN)*453133109
2  England (ENG)27273387
3  Australia (AUS)24332784
4  Kenya (KEN)76518
5  New Zealand (NZL)56920
6  India (IND)54615
7  Scotland (SCO)36514
8  Jamaica (JAM)2237
9  Wales (WAL)2158
10  Northern Ireland (NIR)2125
11  Hong Kong (HKG)2002
12  Malaysia (MAS)1214
13  Ghana (GHA)1113
  Guyana (GUY)1113
15  Tanzania (TAN)1102
16  Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)0224
  Zambia (ZAM)0224
18  Bahamas (BAH)0101
  Papua New Guinea (PNG)0101
20  Western Samoa (WSM)0033
21  Isle of Man (IOM)0011
Totals (21 nations)128128139395

Medals by eventEdit



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Team   England (ENG)
Anne Statt
Barbara Sutton
David Eddy
Derek Talbot
Jane Webster
Karen Bridge
Kevin Jolly
Mike Tredgett
Nora Perry
Raymond Stevens
  Canada (CAN)
Claire Backhouse
Gregory Carter
Jamie McKee
Jane Youngberg
Johanne Falardeau
John Czich
Kenneth Priestman
Lucio Fabris
Sharon Crawford
Wendy Clarkson
  Malaysia (MAS)
Abu Bakar Sufian
Chee Geok Whee
Moo Foot Lian
James Selvaraj
Katherine Swee Phek Teh
Saw Swee Leong
Sylvia Ng
Ong Teong Boon
Men's Singles   Prakash Padukone (IND)   Derek Talbot (ENG)   Ray Stevens (ENG)
Men's Doubles   Ray Stevens
Mike Tredgett (ENG)
  Moo Foot Lian
Ong Beng Teong (MAS)
  Bryan Purser
Richard Purser (NZL)
Women's Singles   Sylvia Ng (MAS)   Katherine Swee Phek Teh (MAS)   Wendy Clarkson (CAN)
Women's Doubles   Nora Perry
Anne Statt (ENG)
  Claire Backhouse
Jane Youngberg (CAN)
  Ami Ghia
Kanwal Thakar Singh (IND)
Mixed Doubles   Mike Tredgett
Nora Perry (ENG)
  Billy Gilliland
Joanna Flockhart (SCO)
  Derek Talbot
Barbara Sutton (ENG)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight   Stephen Muchoki (KEN)   Francis Kabala (ZAM)   Birender Thapa (IND)
  Kid Jumalia (GHA)
Flyweight   Michael Irungu (KEN)   Ian Clyde (CAN)   Peter Wighton (AUS)
  Hugh Russell (NIR)
Bantamweight   Barry McGuigan (NIR)   Tumat Sugolik (PNG)   Douglas Maina (KEN)
  William Rannelli (CAN)
Featherweight   Azumah Nelson (GHA)   John Sichula (ZAM)   Guy Boutin (CAN)
  Moss O'Brien (ENG)
Lightweight   Gerry Hamill (NIR)   Patrick Waweru (KEN)   Teddy Makofi (ZAM)
  John McAllister (SCO)
Light Welterweight   Winfield Braithwaite (GUY)   James Douglas (SCO)   John Raftery (CAN)
  Michael Mawangi (KEN)
Welterweight   Mike McCallum (JAM)   Ken Beattie (NIR)   Derrick Hoyt (CAN)
  Anthony Feal (WAL)
Light Middleweight   Kelly Perlette (CAN)   Abdurahman Athuman (KEN)   Ropati Vipo Samu (SAM)
  Enock Chama (ZAM)
Middleweight   Philip McElwaine (AUS)   Delroy Parkes (ENG)   Roddy MacDonald (CAN)
  Richard Betham (SAM)
Light Heavyweight   Roger Fortin (CAN)   Vince Smith (ENG)   Fautala Su'a (SAM)
  Edward Thande (KEN)
Heavyweight   Julius Awome (ENG)   Adamah Mensah (GHA)   George Stankovich (NZL)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Time Trial   Jocelyn Lovell (CAN) 1:06.00   Kenrick Tucker (AUS) 00:01:07   Gordon Singleton (CAN) 00:01:08
Men's Sprint   Kenrick Tucker (AUS)   Trevor Gadd (ENG)   David Weller (JAM)
Men's Individual Pursuit   Mike Richards (NZL) 00:04:50   Gary Campbell (AUS) 00:04:56   Tony Doyle (ENG) 00:04:56
Men's Team Pursuit   Australia
Colin Fitzgerald
Kevin Nichols
Gary Sutton
Shane Sutton
00:04:29   New Zealand
Kevin Blackwell
Anthony Cuff
Neil Lyster
Jack Swart
00:04:38   England
Tony Doyle
Paul Fennell
Tony James
Glen Mitchell
Men's 10 Miles Scratch   Jocelyn Lovell (CAN) 00:20:06   Shane Sutton (AUS) 00:20:06   Gary Sutton (AUS) 00:20:06
Men's Tandem   Jocelyn Lovell
Gordon Singleton (CAN)
15.52   Trevor Gadd
David Le Grys (ENG)
  Ron Boyle
Stephen Goodall (AUS)
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Road Race   Phil Anderson (AUS) 04:22:34   Pierre Harvey (CAN) 04:22:35   Garry Bell (NZL) 04:22:35



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's All-Around   Philip Delesalle (CAN) 56.4   Lindsay Nylund (AUS) 54.95   Jean Choquette (CAN) 54.25
Men's Team   Canada (CAN)
Jean Choquette
Nigel Rothwell
Owen Walstrom
Philip Delesalle
165.55   England (ENG)
Edward Arnold
Ian Neale
Jeff Davis
Thomas Wilson
161.95   Australia (AUS)
Lambert Ariens
Lindsay Nylund
Rudolf Starosta
Warwick Forbes
Women's All-Around   Elfi Schlegel (CAN) 38.25   Monica Goermann (CAN) 37.25
  Sherry Hawco (CAN)
Women's Team   Canada (CAN)
Elfi Schlegel
Karen Kelsall
Monica Goermann
Sherry Hawco
113.25   England (ENG)
Joanna Sime
Karen Robb
Lisa Jackman
Susan Cheesebrough
107.4   New Zealand (NZL)
Deborah Hurst
Kirsty Durward
Lynette Brake
Rowena Davis


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's/Open 50m Free Pistol   Yvon Trempe (CAN) 543   Edward Jans (CAN) 540   Bertram Manhin (TRI) 536
Men's/Open 25m Rapid-Fire Pistol   Jules Sobrian (CAN) 587   John Cooke (ENG) 581   Jeff Farrell (AUS) 581
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's/Open 50m Rifle Prone   Alister Allan (SCO) 1194   Bill Watkins (WAL) 1191   Stewart Watterson (IOM) 1187
Men's/Open Fullbore Rifle   Desmond Vamplew (CAN) 391   James Spaight (ENG) 388   Patrick Vamplew (CAN) 387
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's/Open Trap   John Primrose (CAN) 186   George Leary (CAN) 185   Terry Rumbel (AUS) 183
Men's/Open Skeet   John Woolley (NZL) 193   Paul Bentley (ENG) 191   Joe Neville (ENG) 190


Men's events
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle Mark Morgan
52.70 Bill Sawchuk
52.81 Gary MacDonald
200 m freestyle Ron McKeon
1:52.06 Graeme Brewer
1:52.86 Mark Morgan
400 m freestyle Ron McKeon
3:54.43 Simon Gray
3:56.87 Max Metzker
1500 m freestyle Max Metzker
15:31.92 Simon Gray
15:39.39 Andrew Astbury
100 m backstroke Glenn Patching
57.90 Gary Abraham
58.48 Jay Tapp
200 m backstroke Gary Hurring
  New Zealand
2:04.37 Glenn Patching
2:05.76 Paul Moorfoot
100 m breaststroke Graham Smith
1:03.81 Duncan Goodhew
1:04.24 Paul Naisby
200 m breaststroke Graham Smith
2:20.86 Duncan Goodhew
2:21.92 Lindsay Spencer
100 m butterfly Dan Thompson
55.04 John Mills
56.22 Bill Sawchuk
200 m butterfly George Nagy
2:01.99 Claus Bredschneider
2:02.49 Phil Hubble
200 m individual medley Graham Smith
2:05.25 Bill Sawchuk
2:05.61 Peter Dawson
400 m individual medley Graham Smith
4:27.34 Simon Gray
4:27.70 Bill Sawchuk
4 × 100 m freestyle relay   Canada
Bill Sawchuk
Gary MacDonald
Graham Smith
Peter Szmidt
3:27.94   Australia
Glenn Patching
Graeme Brewer
Mark Morgan
Ron McKeon
3:28.62   England
David Dunne
Kevin Burns
Martin Smith
Richard Burrell
4 × 200 m freestyle relay   Australia
Graeme Brewer
Mark Morgan
Max Metzker
Ron McKeon
7:34.83   Canada
Bill Sawchuk
Dennis Corcoran
Peter Szmidt
Robert Baylis
7:36.58   England
David Dunne
Martin Smith
Philip Hubble
Simon Gray
4 × 100 m medley relay   Canada
Bill Sawchuk
Dan Thompson
Graham Smith
Jay Tapp
3:49.76   England
Gary Abraham
Duncan Goodhew
John Mills
Martin Smith
3:50.22   Australia
Glenn Patching
Graeme Brewer
Lindsay Spencer
Mark Morgan
Women's events
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle Carol Klimpel
57.78 Rosemary Brown
58.30 Wendy Quirk
200 m freestyle Rebecca Perrott
  New Zealand
2:00.63 Tracey Wickham
2:01.50 Michelle Ford
400 m freestyle Tracey Wickham
4:08.45 Michelle Ford
4:10.25 Rebecca Perrott
  New Zealand
800 m freestyle Tracey Wickham
8:24.62 Michelle Ford
8:25.78 Rebecca Perrott
  New Zealand
100 m backstroke Debra Forster
1:03.97 Hélène Boivin
1:04.54 Cheryl Gibson
200 m backstroke Cheryl Gibson
2:16.57 Lisa Forrest
2:17.66 Glenda Robertson
100 m breaststroke Robin Corsiglia
1:13.56 Maggie Kelly
1:13.69 Marion Stuart
200 m breaststroke Lisa Borsholt
2:37.70 Debbie Rudd
2:38.07 Maggie Kelly
100 m butterfly Wendy Quirk
1:01.92 Penny McCarthy
  New Zealand
1:02.27 Linda Hanel
200 m butterfly Michelle Ford
2:11.29 Wendy Quirk
2:13.65 Linda Hanel
200 m individual medley Sharron Davies
2:18.37 Rebecca Perrott
  New Zealand
2:18.70 Becky Smith
400 m individual medley Sharron Davies
4:52.44 Becky Smith
4:57.83 Cheryl Gibson
4 × 100 m freestyle relay   Canada
Carol Klimpel
Gail Amundrud
Sue Sloan
Wendy Quirk
3:50.28   England
Cheryl Brazendale
Heidi Turk
Kaye Lovatt
Sharron Davies
3:53.27   Australia
Lisa Burnes
Michelle Ford
Rosemary Brown
Tracey Wickham
4 × 100 m medley relay   Canada
Carol Klimpel
Helene Boivin
Marian Stuart
Wendy Quirk
4:15.26   Australia
Debra Forster
Lisa Curry-Kenny
Rosemary Brown
Tracey Wickham
4:16.75   England
Helen Gilyard
Margaret Kelly
Sharron Davies
Sue Jenner


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight – Overall   Ekambaram Karunakaran (IND) 205   Charlie Revolta (SCO) 197.5   Roger Crabtree (AUS) 190
Bantamweight – Overall   Precious McKenzie (NZL) 220   M Tamil Selvan (IND) 220   Jeffrey Brice (WAL) 215
Featherweight – Overall   Michael Mercier (CAN) 237.5   Ivan Katz (AUS) 235   Darrell Schultz (CAN) 230
Lightweight – Overall   Bill Stellios (AUS) 272.5   Adrian Kebbe (AUS) 267.5   Phillip Sue (NZL) 262.5
Middleweight – Overall   Sam Castiglione (AUS) 300   Newton Burrowes (ENG) 290   Steve Pinsent (ENG) 290
Light Heavyweight – Overall   Robert Kabbas (AUS) 322.5   Charles Quagliata (AUS) 287.5   Gary Shadbolt (ENG) 277.5
Middle Heavyweight – Overall   Gary Langford (ENG) 335   Terry Hadlow (CAN) 330   Brian Marsden (NZL) 312.5
Sub Heavyweight – Overall   John Burns (WAL) 340   Steve Wyatt (AUS) 325   Robert Santavy (CAN) 315
Heavyweight – Overall   Russ Prior (CAN) 347.5   Wayne Smith (CAN) 337.5   Andy Drzewiecki (ENG) 335
Super Heavyweight – Overall   Jean-Marc Cardinal (CAN) 365   Bob Edmond (AUS) 322.5   John Hynd (SCO) 305


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight   Ashok Kumar (IND)   George Gunouski (CAN)   Mark Dunbar (ENG)
Flyweight   Ray Takahashi (CAN)   Sudesh Kumar (IND)   Ken Hoyt (AUS)
Bantamweight   Satbir Singh (IND)   Michael Barry (CAN)   Amrik Singh Gill (ENG)
Featherweight   Egon Beiler (CAN)   Jagminder Singh (IND)   Brian Aspen (ENG)
Lightweight   Zsigmund Kelevitz (AUS)   Joe Gilligan (ENG)   Jagdish Kumar (IND)
Welterweight   Rajinder Singh (IND)   Victor Zilberman (CAN)   Keith Haward (ENG)
Middleweight   Richard Deschatelets (CAN)   Wally Koenig (AUS)   Ivan Weir (NIR)
Light Heavyweight   Stephen Danier (CAN)   Mick Pikos (AUS)   Kartar Singh (IND)
Heavyweight   Wyatt Wishart (CAN)   Satpal Singh (IND)   Murray Avery (NZL)
Super Heavyweight   Robert Gibbons (CAN)   Albert Patrick (SCO)   Ishwar Singh (IND)



  1. ^ Donald Macintosh; Michael Hawes; Donna Ruth Greenhorn; David Ross Black (5 April 1994). Sport and Canadian Diplomacy. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-7735-1161-3.

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