Athletics at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

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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, Western 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.

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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 summary

Men

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 yards
details
Seraphino Antao
Flag of British East Africa.svg  Kenya
9.50 Tom Robinson
Flag of the Bahamas (1953-1964).svg  Bahamas
9.63 Michael Cleary
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
9.78
220 yards
details
Seraphino Antao
Flag of British East Africa.svg  Kenya
21.28 Dave Jones
Flag of England.svg  England
21.59 Johan Du Preez
Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.svg  Rhodesia and Nyasaland
21.70
440 yards
details
George Kerr
Flag of Jamaica (1957-1962).svg  Jamaica
46.74 Robbie Brightwell
Flag of England.svg  England
46.86 Amos Omolo
Flag of the Uganda Protectorate.svg  Uganda
46.88
880 yards
details
Peter Snell
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
1:47.64
GR
George Kerr
Flag of Jamaica (1957-1962).svg  Jamaica
1:47.90 Tony Blue
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1:48.99
1 mile
details
Peter Snell
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
4:04.58 John Davies
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
4:05.12 Terry Sullivan
Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.svg  Rhodesia and Nyasaland
4:06.61
3 miles
details
Murray Halberg
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
13:34.15 Ron Clarke
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
13:35.92 Bruce Kidd
Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg  Canada
13:36.37
6 miles
details
Bruce Kidd
Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg  Canada
28:26.13
GR
Dave Power
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
28:33.53 John Merriman
Flag of Wales 2.svg  Wales
28:40.26
120 yards hurdles
details
Ghulam Raziq
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
14.34 Dave Prince
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
14.48 Laurie Taitt
Flag of England.svg  England
14.81
440 yards hurdles
details
Ken Roche
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
51.5 Kimaru Songok
Flag of British East Africa.svg  Kenya
51.9 Benson Ishiepai
Flag of the Uganda Protectorate.svg  Uganda
52.3
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Trevor Vincent
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
8:43.4
GR
Maurice Herriott
Flag of England.svg  England
8:45.0 Ron Blackney
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
9:00.6
4 × 110 yards relay
details
Flag of England.svg  England  (ENG)
Alf Meakin
David Jones
Len Carter
Peter Radford
40.62Flag of the Union of African States (1961-1962).svg  Ghana  (GHA)
Bonner Mends
Bukari Bashiru
Michael Okantey
Michael Ahey
40.74Flag of Wales 2.svg  Wales  (WAL)
David England
Nick Whitehead
Ron Jones
Berwyn Jones
40.80
4 × 440 yards relay
details
Flag of Jamaica (1957-1962).svg  Jamaica  (JAM)
George Kerr
Laurie Khan
Malcolm Spence
Mel Spence
3:12.3Flag of England.svg  England  (ENG)
Adrian Metcalfe
Barry Jackson
Robert Setti
Robbie Brightwell
3:10.2Flag of the Union of African States (1961-1962).svg  Ghana  (GHA)
Ebenezer Quartey
Frederick Owusu
James Addy
John Asare-Antwi
3:11.2
Marathon
details
Brian Kilby
Flag of England.svg  England
2:21:17 Dave Power
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
2:22:16 Rod Bonella
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
2:24:07
High jump
details
Percy Hobson
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
GR
Chilla Porter
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Anton Norris
Flag of Barbados (1870-1966).svg  Barbados
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Pole vault
details
Trevor Bickle
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
14 ft 9 in (4.50 m) Danie Burger
Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.svg  Rhodesia and Nyasaland
14 ft 6 in (4.42 m) Ross Filshie
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
Long jump
details
Michael Ahey
Flag of the Union of African States (1961-1962).svg  Ghana
26 ft 5 in (8.05 m) Dave Norris
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
25 ft 4 34 in (7.74 m) Wellesley Clayton
Flag of Jamaica (1957-1962).svg  Jamaica
25 ft 4 14 in (7.73 m)
Triple jump
details
Ian Tomlinson
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
53 ft 2 in (16.21 m) John Baguley
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
52 ft 9 14 in (16.08 m) Fred Alsop
Flag of England.svg  England
52 ft 7 in (16.03 m)
Shot put
details
Martyn Lucking
Flag of England.svg  England
59 ft 4 in (18.08 m) Mike Lindsay
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
59 ft 2 12 in (18.05 m) Dave Steen
Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg  Canada
58 ft 8 34 in (17.90 m)
Discus throw
details
Warwick Selvey
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
185 ft 3 12 in (56.48 m) Mike Lindsay
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
172 ft 6 in (52.58 m) John Sheldrick
Flag of England.svg  England
166 ft 3 in (50.67 m)
Hammer throw
details
Howard Payne
Flag of England.svg  England
202 ft 3 in (61.65 m) Dick Leffler
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
196 ft 3 12 in (59.83 m) Robert Brown
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
189 ft 1 12 in (57.65 m)
Javelin throw
details
Alf Mitchell
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
256 ft 3 in (78.11 m)
GR
Colin Smith
Flag of England.svg  England
255 ft 8 12 in (77.94 m) Nick Birks
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
246 ft 3 12 in (75.07 m)

Women

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 yards
details
Dorothy Hyman
Flag of England.svg  England
11.2 Doreen Porter
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
11.3 Brenda Cox
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
11.4
220 yards
details
Dorothy Hyman
Flag of England.svg  England
24.00 Joyce Bennett
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
24.21 Margaret Burvill
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
24.42
880 yards
details
Dixie Willis
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
2:03.85
GR
Marise Chamberlain
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
2:05.66 Joy Jordan
Flag of England.svg  England
2:05.96
80 metres hurdles
details
Pam Kilborn
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
11.07 Betty Moore
Flag of England.svg  England
11.40 Avis McIntosh
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
11.47
4 × 110 yards relay
details
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)
Brenda Cox
Betty Cuthbert
Glenys Beasley
Joyce Bennett
46.71Flag of England.svg  England  (ENG)
Ann Packer
Dorothy Hyman
Daphne Arden
Betty Moore
46.81Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)
Avis McIntosh
Doreen Porter
Molly Cowan
Nola Bond
46.93
High jump
details
Robyn Woodhouse
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Helen Frith
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Michele Mason
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Long jump
details
Pam Kilborn
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
20 ft 6 34 in (6.27 m) Helen Frith
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
20 ft 5 34 in (6.24 m) Janet Knee
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
20 ft 1 14 in (6.13 m)
Shot put
details
Valerie Young
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
49 ft 11 12 in (15.23 m) Jean Roberts
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
47 ft 7 12 in (14.52 m) Suzanne Allday
Flag of England.svg  England
44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)
Discus throw
details
Valerie Young
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
164 ft 8 12 in (50.20 m) Rosslyn Williams
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
153 ft 1 in (46.66 m) Mary McDonald
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
151 ft 8 in (46.23 m)
Javelin throw
details
Sue Platt
Flag of England.svg  England
164 ft 10 12 in (50.25 m) Rosemary Morgan
Flag of England.svg  England
162 ft 9 12 in (49.62 m) Anna Pazera
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
159 ft 8 12 in (48.68 m)

Medal table

  *   Host nation (Australia)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Australia.svg  Australia*12121337
2Flag of England.svg  England 78520
3Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 54211
4Flag of Jamaica (1957-1962).svg  Jamaica 2114
5Flag of British East Africa.svg  Kenya 2103
6Flag of the Union of African States (1961-1962).svg  Ghana 1113
7Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg  Canada 1023
8Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1001
9Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 0202
10Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.svg  Rhodesia and Nyasaland 0123
11Flag of the Bahamas (1953-1964).svg  Bahamas 0101
12Flag of the Uganda Protectorate.svg  Uganda 0022
Flag of Wales 2.svg  Wales 0022
14Flag of Barbados (1870-1966).svg  Barbados 0011
Totals (14 nations)31313193


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  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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