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.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.
|100 yards|| Seraphino Antao ||9.50|| Tom Robinson ||9.63|| Michael Cleary ||9.78|
|220 yards|| Seraphino Antao ||21.28|| Dave Jones ||21.59|| Johan Du Preez ||21.70|
|440 yards|| George Kerr ||46.74|| Robbie Brightwell ||46.86|| Amos Omolo ||46.88|
|880 yards|| Peter Snell ||1:47.64|
| George Kerr ||1:47.90|| Tony Blue ||1:48.99|
|1 mile|| Peter Snell ||4:04.58|| John Davies ||4:05.12|| Terry Sullivan ||4:06.61|
|3 miles|| Murray Halberg ||13:34.15|| Ron Clarke ||13:35.92|| Bruce Kidd ||13:36.37|
|6 miles|| Bruce Kidd ||28:26.13|
| Dave Power ||28:33.53|| John Merriman ||28:40.26|
|120 yards hurdles|| Ghulam Raziq ||14.34|| Dave Prince ||14.48|| Laurie Taitt ||14.81|
|440 yards hurdles|| Ken Roche ||51.5|| Kimaru Songok ||51.9|| Benson Ishiepai ||52.3|
|3000 metres steeplechase|| Trevor Vincent ||8:43.4|
| Maurice Herriott ||8:45.0|| Ron Blackney ||9:00.6|
|4 × 110 yards relay|
|4 × 440 yards relay|
|Marathon|| Brian Kilby ||2:21:17|| Dave Power ||2:22:16|| Rod Bonella ||2:24:07|
|High jump|| Percy Hobson ||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
| Chilla Porter ||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|| Anton Norris ||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Pole vault|| Trevor Bickle ||14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)|| Danie Burger ||14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)|| Ross Filshie ||14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)|
|Long jump|| Michael Ahey ||26 ft 5 in (8.05 m)|| Dave Norris ||25 ft 4 3⁄4 in (7.74 m)|| Wellesley Clayton ||25 ft 4 1⁄4 in (7.73 m)|
|Triple jump|| Ian Tomlinson ||53 ft 2 in (16.21 m)|| John Baguley ||52 ft 9 1⁄4 in (16.08 m)|| Fred Alsop ||52 ft 7 in (16.03 m)|
|Shot put|| Martyn Lucking ||59 ft 4 in (18.08 m)|| Mike Lindsay ||59 ft 2 1⁄2 in (18.05 m)|| Dave Steen ||58 ft 8 3⁄4 in (17.90 m)|
|Discus throw|| Warwick Selvey ||185 ft 3 1⁄2 in (56.48 m)|| Mike Lindsay ||172 ft 6 in (52.58 m)|| John Sheldrick ||166 ft 3 in (50.67 m)|
|Hammer throw|| Howard Payne ||202 ft 3 in (61.65 m)|| Dick Leffler ||196 ft 3 1⁄2 in (59.83 m)|| Robert Brown ||189 ft 1 1⁄2 in (57.65 m)|
|Javelin throw|| Alf Mitchell ||256 ft 3 in (78.11 m)|
| Colin Smith ||255 ft 8 1⁄2 in (77.94 m)|| Nick Birks ||246 ft 3 1⁄2 in (75.07 m)|
|100 yards|| Dorothy Hyman ||11.2|| Doreen Porter ||11.3|| Brenda Cox ||11.4|
|220 yards|| Dorothy Hyman ||24.00|| Joyce Bennett ||24.21|| Margaret Burvill ||24.42|
|880 yards|| Dixie Willis ||2:03.85|
| Marise Chamberlain ||2:05.66|| Joy Jordan ||2:05.96|
|80 metres hurdles|| Pam Kilborn ||11.07|| Betty Moore ||11.40|| Avis McIntosh ||11.47|
|4 × 110 yards relay|
|High jump|| Robyn Woodhouse ||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|| Helen Frith ||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|| Michele Mason ||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Long jump|| Pam Kilborn ||20 ft 6 3⁄4 in (6.27 m)|| Helen Frith ||20 ft 5 3⁄4 in (6.24 m)|| Janet Knee ||20 ft 1 1⁄4 in (6.13 m)|
|Shot put|| Valerie Young ||49 ft 11 1⁄2 in (15.23 m)|| Jean Roberts ||47 ft 7 1⁄2 in (14.52 m)|| Suzanne Allday ||44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)|
|Discus throw|| Valerie Young ||164 ft 8 1⁄2 in (50.20 m)|| Rosslyn Williams ||153 ft 1 in (46.66 m)|| Mary McDonald ||151 ft 8 in (46.23 m)|
|Javelin throw|| Sue Platt ||164 ft 10 1⁄2 in (50.25 m)|| Rosemary Morgan ||162 ft 9 1⁄2 in (49.62 m)|| Anna Pazera ||159 ft 8 1⁄2 in (48.68 m)|
Host nation (Australia)
|Totals (14 nations)||31||31||31||93|
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