Australia at the 1976 Summer Olympics

Australia competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 180 competitors, 146 men and 34 women, took part in 115 events in 20 sports.[1] Australia performed poorly, winning one silver and four bronze medals, finishing thirty-second on the medals table.[2] This result caused significant negative backlash within the country, and spurred Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser to set up the Australian Institute of Sport.[3]

Australia at the
1976 Summer Olympics
NOCAustralian Olympic Committee
in Montreal
Competitors180 (146 men, 34 women) in 20 sports
Flag bearers Raelene Boyle (opening)
Robert Haigh (closing)
Ranked 32nd
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games


 Australasia (1908–1912)

Medalists edit

Medal Name Sport Event
  Silver Australia national field hockey team
Field hockey Men's tournament
  Bronze Stephen Holland Swimming Men's 1500m Freestyle
  Bronze John Bertrand Sailing Men's finn class
  Bronze Ian Brown,
Ian Ruff
Sailing Men's 470 class
  Bronze Mervyn Bennet,
Denis Pigott,
Bill Roycroft,
Wayne Roycroft
Equestrian Team eventing

Archery edit

In the second Olympic archery competition that Australia contested, the nation sent two women and two men. Only one archer, Terry Reilly, had Olympic experience. He dropped 11 places from his 1972 finish.
Women's Individual Competition:

Men's Individual Competition:

Athletics edit

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Men's 5.000 metres

Men's 10.000 metres

Men's 400m Hurdles

Men's Long Jump

Men's Marathon

Men's 20 km Race Walk

Men's Hammer Throw

  • Peter Farmer
    • Qualifying round — 69.92m
    • Final — 68.00m (→ 12th place)

Basketball edit

Men's competition

Boxing edit

Canoeing edit

Cycling edit

Twelve cyclists represented Australia in 1976.

Individual road race
Team time trial
1000m time trial
Individual pursuit
Team pursuit

Diving edit

Equestrian edit

Fencing edit

Three fencers, two men and one woman, represented Australia in 1976.

Men's foil
Men's épée
Women's foil

Gymnastics edit

Hockey edit

Men's competition

Judo edit

Modern pentathlon edit

Two male pentathletes represented Australia in 1976.


Rowing edit

Sailing edit

Shooting edit

Athlete Event Final
Score Rank
Donald Brook 50 m rifle, prone 586 41
50 m rifle three positions 1109 50
Jonathan Gillman 50 m pistol 525 42
Don Gowland 50 m rifle, prone 584 51
Norman Harrison 50 m pistol 540 32
Alexander Taransky 25 m pistol 580 34
Peter Wray Trap 173 25

Swimming edit

Water polo edit

Men's competition

Weightlifting edit

Wrestling edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Australia at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ Titus O'Reily (20 August 2018). A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport. Penguin Books. p. 34. ISBN 9780143793519.
  3. ^ Titus O'Reily (20 August 2018). A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport. Penguin Books. pp. 34–36. ISBN 9780143793519.