Athletics at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

At the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales in July 1958. A total of 29 athletics events were contested at the Games, 20 by men and 9 by women. Four Games records were improved during the competition and three world records were set (at 440 yards hurdles, women's javelin, women's 4 x 110 yards relay).

Athletics at the 6th British Empire and Commonwealth Games
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The now-modernised Cardiff Arms Park.
Dates18–26 July 1958
Host cityCardiff, WalesWales
VenueCardiff Arms Park
LevelSenior
Events29
Participation424 athletes from
32 nations
Records set3 WR


Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards
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  Keith Gardner (JAM) 9.66   Tom Robinson (BAH) 9.69   Mike Agostini (CAN) 9.79
220 yards
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  Tom Robinson (BAH) 21.08   Keith Gardner (JAM) 21.11   Gordon Day (SAF) 21.15
440 yards
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  Milkha Singh (IND) 46.71   Malcolm Spence (SAF) 46.9   Terry Tobacco (CAN) 47.05
880 yards
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  Herb Elliott (AUS) 1:49.32   Brian Hewson (ENG) 1:49.47   Mike Rawson (ENG) 1:50.94
1 mile
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  Herb Elliott (AUS) 3:59.03   Merv Lincoln (AUS) 4:01.80   Albie Thomas (AUS) 4:02.77
3 miles
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  Murray Halberg (NZL) 13:14.96   Albie Thomas (AUS) 13:24.37   Neville Scott (NZL) 13:26.06
6 miles
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  Dave Power (AUS) 28:48.16   John Merriman (WAL) 28:48.84   Arere Anentia (KEN) 28:51.48
Marathon
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  Dave Power (AUS) 2:22:46   Johannes Barnard (SAF) 2:22:58   Peter Wilkinson (ENG) 2:24:42
120 yards hurdles
(wind: +3.5 m/s)
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  Keith Gardner (JAM) 14.20w   Jacobus Swart (SAF) 14.30w   Ghulam Raziq (PAK) 14.32w
440 yards hurdles
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  Gert Potgieter (SAF) 49.73 (WR) GR   David Lean (AUS) 50.59   Bartonjo Rotich (KEN) 51.75
4 × 110 yards relay
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  England
Peter Radford
Roy Sandstrom
David Segal
Adrian Breacker
40.72   Nigeria
Thomas Obi
Jimmy Omagbemi
Victor Odofin
Smart Akrara
41.05   Australia
Jim McCann
Hector Hogan
Terry Gale
Kevan Gosper
41.64
4 × 440 yards relay
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  South Africa
Gordon Day
Gerald Evans
Gert Potgieter
Malcolm Spence
3:08.21   England
Ted Sampson
John Wrighton
John Salisbury
Derek Johnson
3:09.61   Jamaica
Gerald James
Malcolm Spence
George Kerr
Keith Gardner
3:10.08
High jump
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  Ernle Haisley (JAM) 2.06 m   Chilla Porter (AUS) 2.03 m   Robert Kotei (GHA) 2.00 m
Pole vault
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  Geoff Elliott (ENG) 4.16 m   Robert Reid (CAN) 4.16 m   Merv Richards (NZL) 4.16 m
Long jump
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  Paul Foreman (JAM) 7.47 m   Deryck Taylor (JAM) 7.47 m   Muhammad Ramzan Ali (PAK) 7.33 m
Triple jump
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  Ian Tomlinson (AUS) 15.74 m (w)   Jack Smyth (CAN) 15.69 m   Dave Norris (NZL) 15.45 m
Shot put
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  Arthur Rowe (ENG) 17.57 m   Martyn Lucking (ENG) 16.50 m   Barry Donath (AUS) 15.79 m
Discus throw
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  Fanie du Plessis (SAF) 55.94 m   Les Mills (NZL) 51.73 m   Gerry Carr (ENG) 51.63 m
Hammer throw
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  Mike Ellis (ENG) 62.9 m   Muhammad Iqbal (PAK) 61.7 m   Peter Allday (ENG) 57.58 m
Javelin throw
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  Colin Smith (ENG) 71.29 m   Jalal Khan (PAK) 70.83 m   Hans Moks (CAN) 70.41 m

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yards
(wind: +0.3 m/s)
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  Marlene Willard (AUS) 10.7   Heather Young (ENG) 10.73   Madeleine Weston (ENG) 10.81
220 yards
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  Marlene Willard (AUS) 23.65 GR   Betty Cuthbert (AUS) 23.77   Heather Young (ENG) 23.9
80 metres hurdles
(wind: +4.9 m/s)
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  Norma Thrower (AUS) 10.72w   Carole Quinton (ENG) 10.77w   Gloria Wigney (AUS) 10.94w
4 × 110 yards relay
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  England
Heather Young
June Paul
Dorothy Hyman
Madeleine Weston
45.37 (WR)   Australia
Betty Cuthbert
Kay Johnson
Wendy Hayes
Marlene Mathews-Willard
46.12   Canada
Diane Matheson
Eleanor Haslam
Maureen Rever
Freyda Berman
47.21
High jump
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  Michele Mason (AUS) 1.70 m   Mary Donaghy (NZL) 1.70 m   Helen Frith (AUS) 1.65 m
Long jump
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  Sheila Hoskin (ENG) 6.02 m (w)   Mary Bignal (ENG) 5.97 m (w)   Bev Watson (AUS) 5.97 m (w)
Shot put
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  Val Sloper (NZL) 15.54 m   Suzanne Allday (ENG) 14.44 m   Jackie Gelling (CAN) 14.03 m
Discus throw
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  Suzanne Allday (ENG) 45.91 m   Jennifer Thompson (NZL) 45.29 m   Val Sloper (NZL) 44.93 m
Javelin throw
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  Anna Pazera (AUS) 57.40 m (WR)   Magdalena Swanepoel (SAF) 48.73 m   Averil Williams (ENG) 46.78 m

Medal tableEdit

 
Australia's Herb Elliott scored double gold with wins in the 880 yards and mile run.

  *   Host nation (Wales)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Australia (AUS)106622
2  England (ENG)87722
3  Jamaica (JAM)4217
4  South Africa (SAF)3418
5  New Zealand (NZL)2349
6  Bahamas (BAH)1102
7  India (IND)1001
8  Canada (CAN)0257
9  Pakistan (PAK)0224
10  Nigeria (NGR)0101
  Wales (WAL)*0101
12  Kenya (KEN)0022
13  Ghana (GHA)0011
Totals (13 nations)29292987

Participating nationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Results