Athletics at the 1950 British Empire Games

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Eden Park hosted the athletics competition and the games opening ceremony Eden Park.jpg
Eden Park hosted the athletics competition and the games opening ceremony

At the 1950 British Empire Games , the athletics events were held at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand in February 1950. A total of 28 athletics events were contested at the Games, 20 by men and 8 by women. A total of seventeen Games records were set or improved over the competition.

1950 British Empire Games 4th edition of the British Empire Games

The 1950 British Empire Games was the fourth edition of what is now called the Commonwealth Games. It was held in Auckland, New Zealand between 4 and 11 February 1950, after a 12-year gap from the third edition of the games. The main venue was Eden Park, although the closing ceremonies were held at Western Springs Stadium, see New Zealand at the 1950 British Empire Games. The fourth games were originally awarded to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and were to be held in 1942 but were cancelled due to World War II.

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A number of events can be viewed in series of 13 1950 Empire Games archive reels which have been placed by Archives New Zealand on YouTube. [1]

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Medal summary

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yardsFlag of Australia.svg  John Treloar  (AUS)9.7 GR =Flag of Australia.svg  Bill de Gruchy  (AUS)9.8Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Don Pettie  (CAN)9.9
220 yardsFlag of Australia.svg  John Treloar  (AUS)21.5Flag of Australia.svg  David Johnson  (AUS)21.8Flag of New Zealand.svg  Don Jowett  (NZL)21.8
440 yardsFlag of Australia.svg  Edwin Carr  (AUS)47.9 GR =Flag of England.svg  Leslie Lewis  (ENG)48.0Flag of New Zealand.svg  David Batten  (NZL)48.8
880 yardsFlag of England.svg  John Parlett  (ENG)1:53.1Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Jack Hutchins  (CAN)1:53.4Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Bill Parnell  (CAN)1:53.4
1 mileCanadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Bill Parnell  (CAN)4:11.0 GR Flag of England.svg  Len Eyre  (ENG)4:11.8Flag of New Zealand.svg  Maurice Marshall  (NZL)4:13.2
3 milesFlag of England.svg  Len Eyre  (ENG)14:23.6Flag of New Zealand.svg  Harold Nelson  (NZL)14:27.8Flag of England.svg  Anthony Chivers  (ENG)14:28.1
6 milesFlag of New Zealand.svg  Harold Nelson  (NZL)30:29.6Flag of Scotland.svg  Andrew Forbes  (SCO)30:31.9Flag of New Zealand.svg  Noel Taylor  (NZL)30:31.9
MarathonFlag of England.svg  Jack Holden  (ENG)2'32:57 GR Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  Syd Luyt  (SAF)2'37:03Flag of New Zealand.svg  John Clarke  (NZL)2'39:27
120 yards hurdlesFlag of Australia.svg  Peter Gardner  (AUS)14.3 GR Flag of Australia.svg  Ray Weinberg  (AUS)14.4Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  Tom Lavery  (SAF)14.6
440 yards hurdles Flag of Ceylon.svg Duncan White (CEY)52.5 GR Flag of New Zealand.svg  John Holland  (NZL)52.7Flag of Australia.svg  Geoff Goodacre  (AUS)53.1
High jumpFlag of Australia.svg  John Winter  (AUS)1.98 m GR Flag of British Colonial Nigeria.svg  Josiah Majekodunmi  (NGR)
Flag of Scotland.svg  Alan Paterson  (SCO)
1.95 mNone awarded
Pole vaultFlag of England.svg  Tim Anderson  (ENG)3.97 mCanadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Stan Egerton  (CAN)3.97 mFlag of Australia.svg  Peter Denton  (AUS)3.88 m
Long jumpFlag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  Neville Price  (SAF)7.31 mFlag of New Zealand.svg  Bevin Hough  (NZL)7.20 mFlag of New Zealand.svg  David Dephoff  (NZL)7.08 m
Triple jumpFlag of Australia.svg  Brian Oliver  (AUS)15.61 mFlag of Australia.svg  Les McKeand  (AUS)15.28 mFlag of Australia.svg  Ian Polmear  (AUS)14.67 m
Shot putFlag of Fiji 1924-1970.svg  Mataika Tuicakau  (FIJ)14.64 mFlag of England.svg  Harold Moody  (ENG)13.92 mCanadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Leo Roininen  (CAN)13.68 m
Discus throwFlag of Australia.svg  Ian Reed  (AUS)47.72 m GR Flag of Fiji 1924-1970.svg  Mataika Tuicakau  (FIJ)44.00 mCanadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Svein Sigfusson  (CAN)43.48 m
Hammer throwFlag of Scotland.svg  Duncan Clark  (SCO)49.94 m GR Flag of Australia.svg  Keith Pardon  (AUS)47.83 mFlag of Australia.svg  Herb Barker  (AUS)45.62 m
Javelin throwCanadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Leo Roininen  (CAN)57.11 mFlag of Fiji 1924-1970.svg  Luke Tunabuna  (FIJ)56.02 mCanadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Doug Robinson  (CAN)55.60 m
4×110 yards relayFlag of Australia.svg  Australia
Scotchy Gordon
David Johnson
John Treloar
Bill de Gruchy
42.2Flag of England.svg  England
Brian Shenton
Jack Archer
Leslie Lewis
Nick Stacey
42.5Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Arthur Eustace
Clem Parker
Kevin Beardsley
Peter Henderson
42.6
4×440 yards relayFlag of Australia.svg  Australia
Edwin Carr
George Gedge
James Humphreys
Ross Price
3:17.8Flag of England.svg  England
Derek Pugh
Harold Parlett
Leslie Lewis
Terry Higgins
3:19.3Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
David Batten
Derek Steward
John Holland
Jack Sutherland
3:20.0

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yardsFlag of Australia.svg  Marjorie Jackson  (AUS)10.8 GR Flag of Australia.svg  Shirley Strickland  (AUS)11.0Flag of Australia.svg  Verna Johnston  (AUS)11.1
220 yardsFlag of Australia.svg  Marjorie Jackson  (AUS)24.3 GR Flag of Australia.svg  Shirley Strickland  (AUS)24.5Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  Daphne Robb  (SAF)24.7
80 metre hurdlesFlag of Australia.svg  Shirley Strickland  (AUS)11.6 GR Flag of New Zealand.svg  June Schoch  (NZL)11.6Flag of New Zealand.svg  Janet Shackleton  (NZL)11.7
High jumpFlag of England.svg  Dorothy Odam  (ENG)1.60 GR =Flag of England.svg  Bertha Crowther  (ENG)1.60 mFlag of New Zealand.svg  Noelene Swinton  (NZL)1.55 m
Long jumpFlag of New Zealand.svg  Yvette Williams  (NZL)5.90 m GR Flag of Australia.svg  Judy Canty  (AUS)5.78 mFlag of New Zealand.svg  Ruth Dowman  (NZL)5.74 m
Javelin throwFlag of Australia.svg  Charlotte MacGibbon  (AUS)38.84 GR Flag of New Zealand.svg  Yvette Williams  (NZL)37.96Flag of New Zealand.svg  Cleone Rivett-Carnac  (NZL)34.43
110-220-110
yards relay
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Marjorie Jackson
Shirley Strickland
Verna Johnston
47.9 GR Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Lesley Rowe
Dorothea Parker
Shirley Hardman
48.7Flag of England.svg  England
Dorothy Hall
Margaret Walker
Sylvia Cheeseman
50.0
220-110-220-110
yards relay
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Ann Shanley
Marjorie Jackson
Shirley Strickland
Verna Johnston
1:13.4 GR Flag of England.svg  England
Doris Batter
Dorothy Hall
Margaret Walker
Sylvia Cheeseman
1:17.5Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada
Elaine Silburn
Eleanor McKenzie
Gerry Bemister
Patricia Jones
Unknown

Medal table

Shirley Strickland (statue above) won a hurdles gold medal, two relay golds and two sprint silvers for Australia. Shirley Strickland.jpg
Shirley Strickland (statue above) won a hurdles gold medal, two relay golds and two sprint silvers for Australia.
Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 15 8 5 28
2 Flag of England.svg  England 5 7 2 14
3 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2 6 12 20
4 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 2 2 6 10
5= Flag of Fiji 1924-1970.svg  Fiji 1 2 0 3
5= Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 2 0 3
7 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa 1 1 2 4
8 Flag of Ceylon.svg  Ceylon 1 0 0 1
9 Flag of British Colonial Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 0 1 0 1
Total 28 29 27 84

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