Athletics at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

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 summaryEdit

MenEdit

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)

WomenEdit

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 tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Australia)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Australia*12121337
2  England78520
3  New Zealand54211
4  Jamaica2114
5  Kenya2103
6  Ghana1113
7  Canada1023
8  Pakistan1001
9  Scotland0202
10  Rhodesia and Nyasaland0123
11  Bahamas0101
12  Uganda0022
  Wales0022
14  Barbados0011
Totals (14 nations)31313193


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Archived 2017-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
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