|Athletics at the 11th Commonwealth Games|
|Host city|| Edmonton, Alberta, Canada |
|Date(s)||6–12 August 1978|
|Main stadium||Commonwealth Stadium|
|Participation||520 athletes from |
|Records set||4 Games records|
At the 1978 Commonwealth Games , the athletics events were held at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A total of 38 events were contested, 23 for men and 15 for women.
The 1978 Commonwealth Games were held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from 3 to 12 August 1978, two years after the 1976 Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec. They were boycotted by Nigeria, in protest of New Zealand's sporting contacts with apartheid-era South Africa, as well as by Uganda, in protest of alleged Canadian hostility towards the government of Idi Amin. The Bid Election was held at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
Commonwealth Stadium, also known as The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium during Eskimos events, is an open-air, all-seater multipurpose stadium located in the McCauley neighbourhood of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It has a seating capacity of 55,819, making it the largest open-air stadium in Canada. It has been used for Canadian football, athletics, soccer, and rugby union, as well as concerts.
Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".
(wind: +7.6 m/s)
|10.03 w||10.07 w||10.09 w|
(wind: +4.4 m/s)
|20.12 w||20.18 w||20.43 w|
|3000 metres steeplechase||8:26.54||8:32.21||8:34.07|
|110 metres hurdles|
(wind: +6.2 m/s)
|13.70 w||13.73 w||13.73 w|
|400 metres hurdles||49.48||50.04||50.09|
|4 × 100 metres relay|
|4 × 400 metres relay|
|30 kilometres walk||2:22:04||2:22:59||2:26:34|
|High jump||2.20 m||2.18 m||2.15 m|
|Pole vault||5.10 m||5.10 m||5.00 m|
|Long jump||8.06 m (w)||8.04 m (w)||7.94 m (w)|
|Triple jump||17.21 m (w)||16.93 m (w)||16.69 m|
|Shot put||19.77 m||19.33 m||18.45 m|
|Discus throw||59.70 m||57.30 m||55.48 m|
|Hammer throw||71.10 m||69.92 m||68.14 m|
|Javelin throw||84.00 m||83.18 m||78.58 m|
|Decathlon||8467 pts||7623 pts||7484 pts|
(wind: +2.9 m/s)
|11.27 w||11.35 w||11.37 w|
(wind: +5.1 m/s)
|22.82 w||22.89 w||22.93 w|
|1500 metres||4:06.34 GR||4:07.53||4:08.14|
|100 metres hurdles|
(wind: +3.6 m/s)
|4 × 100 metres relay|
|4 × 400 metres relay|
|High jump||1.93 m GR||1.90 m||1.83 m|
|Long jump||6.59 m||6.58 m||6.52 m|
|Shot put||17.31 m||16.45 m||16.14 m|
|Discus throw||62.16 m||57.60 m||56.64 m|
|Javelin throw||61.34 m||54.52 m||53.60 m|
|Pentathlon||4768 pts GR||4222 pts||4211 pts|
Host nation (Canada)
|Totals (13 nations)||38||38||39||115|
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