Thirty-five nations sent a total of 1,130 athletes and 228 officials to the Cardiff Games and 23 countries and dependencies won medals, including, for the first time, Singapore, Ghana, Kenya and the Isle of Man.
The Cardiff Games introduced the Queen's Baton Relay, which has been conducted as a prelude to every British Empire and Commonwealth Games ever since.
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|Opening ceremony||18 July|
|Closing ceremony||26 July|
|Queen's Baton Final Runner||Ken Jones|
The British Empire and Commonwealth Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies, were held at the Cardiff Arms Park in the centre Cardiff. A new Wales Empire Pool was constructed for the event. The Sophia Gardens Pavilion was used for the boxing and wrestling events, and Maindy Stadium was used for cycling. 178,000 tickets were eventually sold during the Games. Rowing took place on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis.
36 countries and territories were represented (and 1,100 athletes), being the largest number to date, with a significant number of teams competing for the first time at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
At Cardiff Arms Park, an anti-apartheid crowd protested at the all-white South African team; games organisers responded that non-white South Africans were ineligible as their associations were not affiliated to the international federations. South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961 and next appeared at the Games in 1994.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).
|Participating Commonwealth countries and territories|
|3||South Africa (SAF)||13||10||8||31|
|5||New Zealand (NZL)||4||6||9||19|
|12||Northern Ireland (NIR)||1||1||3||5|
|17||British Guiana (BGU)||0||1||0||1|
|Southern Rhodesia (SRH)||0||0||2||2|
|Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)||0||0||2||2|
|Isle of Man (IOM)||0||0||1||1|
|Northern Rhodesia (NRH)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (24 nations)||94||94||105||293|
Boxing Events were at Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff.
|Flyweight||Men||Jackie Brown (SCO)||Tommy Bache (ENG)||Peter Lavery (NIR)|
|Donald Braithwaite (WAL)|
|Bantamweight||Men||Howard Winstone (WAL)||Oliver "Frankie" Taylor (AUS)||Olfred Owen (SCO)|
|Richard Hanna (NIR)|
|Featherweight||Men||Wally Taylor (AUS)||Malcolm Collins (WAL)||Gert Coetzee (SAF)|
|John McClory (NIR)|
|Lightweight||Men||Dick McTaggart (SCO)||James Jordan (NIR)||John Cooke (ENG)|
|Paddy Donovan (NZL)|
|Light Welterweight||Men||Henry Loubscher (SAF)||Robert Kane (SCO)||Joseph Jacobs (ENG)|
|Raymond Galante (CAN)|
|Welterweight||Men||Joseph Greyling (SAF)||Thomas Kawere (UGA)||Robert Dickson Scott (SCO)|
|Brian Nancurvis (ENG)|
|Light Middleweight||Men||Grant Webster (SAF)||Stuart Pearson (ENG)||James Arthur Walters (CAN)|
|Bill Brown (WAL)|
|Middleweight||Men||Terry Milligan (NIR)||Philippus du Plessis (SAF)||Robert Piau (CAN)|
|John Caiger (ENG)|
|Light Heavyweight||Men||Tony Madigan (AUS)||Robert Higgins (WAL)||William Bannon (SCO)|
|Gerhardus Jacobus De Bruyn (SAF)|
|Heavyweight||Men||Daniel Bekker (SAF)||David Thomas (ENG)||Roger Pleace (WAL)|
|Gbadegesin Salawu (NGR)|
The track cycling events were held at the Maindy Stadium in Cardiff.
|Time Trial||Men||Neville Tong (ENG)||00:01:12||Warren Scarfe (AUS)||00:01:12||Warwick Dalton (NZL)||00:01:13|
|Sprint||Men||Dick Ploog (AUS)||Karl Barton (ENG)||Lloyd Binch (ENG)|
|Individual Pursuit||Men||Norman Sheil (ENG)||00:05:10||Tom Simpson (ENG)||00:05:11||Warwick Dalton (NZL)||00:05:15|
|10 Miles Scratch||Men||Ian Browne (AUS)||00:21:40||Warren Johnston (NZL)||Don Skene (WAL)|
|Road Race||Men||Ray Booty (ENG)||05:16:34||Frank Brazier (AUS)||05:19:22||Stuart Slack (IOM)||05:19:22|
|Foil||Men||Raymond Paul (ENG)||Ivan Lund (AUS)||René Paul (ENG)|
|Foil - Team||Men||England (ENG)||Australia (AUS)||Wales (WAL)|
|Épée||Men||Bill Hoskyns (ENG)||Mike Howard (ENG)||Allan Jay (ENG)|
|Épée - Team||Men||England (ENG)||Canada (CAN)||Australia (AUS)|
|Sabre||Men||Bill Hoskyns (ENG)||Ralph Cooperman (ENG)||Mike Amberg (ENG)|
|Sabre - Team||Men||England (ENG)||Australia (AUS)||Wales (WAL)|
|Foil||Women||Gillian Sheen (ENG)||Barbara McCreath (AUS)||Mary Glen-Haig (ENG)|
The rowing events were held on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis.
|Single Sculls||Men||Stuart MacKenzie (AUS)||00:07:20||James Hill (NZL)||00:07:24||Russell Carver (ENG)||00:07:27|
|Double Sculls||Men||Mike Spracklen & Geoffrey Baker (ENG)||00:06:54||Mervyn Wood & Stuart MacKenzie (AUS)||00:07:01||Norman Suckling & James Hill (NZL)||+0.75 lgths|
|Coxless pair||Men||Bob Parker & Reg Douglas (NZL)||00:07:11||Jonathan Hall & Stewart Douglas-Mann (ENG)||00:07:14||Stephen Roll & Kevyn Webb (AUS)||00:07:33|
|Coxless four||Men||Roger Pope, Keith Shakell, David Young & Creighton Redman (ENG)||00:06:34||Glen Smith, Malcolm Turnbull, Richard McClure & John Madden (CAN)||00:06:39||David Edwards, John Fage, David Prichard & John Edwards (WAL)||00:06:48|
|Coxed four||Men||Colin Porter, John Vigurs, Simon Crosse, Michael Beresford & Richard Gabriel (ENG)||00:06:46||Donald Arnold, Walter D'Hondt, David Helliwell, Lawrence Stapleton & Sohen Biln (CAN)||00:06:53||Graeme Allen, Ralfe Currall, Kevin Evans, Lionel Robberds & Roland Waddington (AUS)||NTT|
|Eights||Men||A.A. MacKinnon, D.J. Arnold, D.W. Pretty, G.A. Mervyn, I.W. d'Hondt, L.K. Loomer, R.A. Wilson, S. Biln, & W.A. McKerlich (CAN)||00:05:51||Bruce Leonard Evans, Graeme Keith Allen, Kenneth Philip Railton, Kevin John Evans, Lionel Robberds, Neville John Clinton, Ralfe Raymond Currall, Roland Peter Waddington, & Victor Albert Schweikert (AUS)||00:05:56||A.C. Hancox, D.S.S. Elliot, Dennis R. Mount, H.A. Wober, J.A. Stephenson, J.F.C. Badcock, J.P. McK. Thomson, R.J. Workman, & R.L. Penney (ENG)||00:06:10|
Swimming events were held at the Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff.
|110 yd freestyle||John Devitt (AUS)||56.6||Gary Chapman (AUS)||56.6||Geoff Shipton (AUS)||57.0|
|440 yd freestyle||John Konrads (AUS)||4:25.9||Ian Black (SCO)||4:28.5||Gary Winram (AUS)||4:32.4|
|1650 yd freestyle||John Konrads (AUS)||17:45.4||Gary Winram (AUS)||18:17.2||Murray McLachlan (SAF)||18:19.2|
|110 yd backstroke||John Monckton (AUS)||1:01.7||John Hayres (AUS)||1:03.5||Robert Wheaton (CAN)||1:06.5|
|220 yd breaststroke||Terry Gathercole (AUS)||2:41.6||Peter Rocchi (SAF)||2:44.9||Chris Walkden (ENG)||2:47.3|
|220 yd butterfly||Ian Black (SCO)||2:22.6||Graham Symonds (ENG)||2:25.5||Brian Wilkinson (AUS)||2:31.0|
|4×220 yd freestyle relay|| Australia (AUS)
|8:33.4|| Scotland (SCO)
|8:54.2|| Canada (CAN)
|4×110 yd medley relay|| Australia (AUS)
|4:14.2|| Canada (CAN)
|4:26.3|| England (ENG)
|110 yd freestyle||Dawn Fraser (AUS)||1:01.4||Lorraine Crapp (AUS)||1:03.8||Alva Colquhoun (AUS)||1:04.0|
|440 yd freestyle||Ilsa Konrads (AUS)||4:49.4||Dawn Fraser (AUS)||5:00.8||Lorraine Crapp (AUS)||5:06.7|
|110 yd backstroke||Judy Grinham (ENG)||1:11.9||Margaret Edwards (ENG)||1:12.6||Philippa Gould (NZL)||1:13.7|
|220 yd breaststroke||Anita Lonsbrough (ENG)||2:53.5||Jackie Dyson (ENG)||2:58.2||Christine Gosden (ENG)||2:58.4|
|110 yd butterfly||Beverley Bainbridge (AUS)||1:13.5||Tessa Staveley (NZL)||1:14.4||Margaret Iwasaki (CAN)||1:15.9|
|4×110 yd freestyle relay|| Australia (AUS)
|4:17.4|| Canada (CAN)
|4:30.0|| England (ENG)
|4×110 yd medley relay|| England (ENG)
|4:54.0|| Australia (AUS)
|4:55.1|| Canada (CAN)
Diving events were held at the Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff.
|3 Metres Springboard Diving||Men||Keith Collin (ENG)||126.78||Bill Patrick (CAN)||124.62||Peter Tarsey (ENG)||118.81|
|10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving||Men||Peter Heatly (SCO)||147.79||Brian Phelps (ENG)||144.49||Ray Cann (ENG)||138.5|
|3 Metres Springboard Diving||Women||Charmain Welsh (ENG)||118.81||Irene MacDonald (CAN)||117.01||Liz Ferris (ENG)||113.3|
|10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving||Women||Charmain Welsh (ENG)||77.23||Ann Long (ENG)||73.69||Molly Wieland (ENG)||65.82|
|Bantamweight - Overall||Men||Reginald Gaffley (SAF)||299||Ronald Brownbill (ENG)||285.5||Marcel Gosselin (CAN)||274|
|Featherweight - Overall||Men||Tan Ser Cher (SIN)||310.5||Chung Kum Weng (MAS)||306||Rodney Wilkes (TRI)||304|
|Lightweight - Overall||Men||Tan Howe Liang (SIN)||358||Harry Webber (SAF)||340||Ben Helfgott (ENG)||340|
|Middleweight - Overall||Men||Blair Blenman (BAR)||360.5||Winston McArthur (BGU)||360.5||Adrian Gilbert (CAN)||356|
|Light Heavyweight - Overall||Men||Phil Caira (SCO)||396.5||Sylvanus Blackman (BAR)||385.5||Jack Kestell (SAF)||385.5|
|Middle Heavyweight - Overall||Men||Manny Santos (AUS)||403.5||Tan Kim Bee (MAS)||392||Leonard Treganowan (AUS)||378.5|
|Heavyweight - Overall||Men||Ken McDonald (ENG)||455.5||Dave Baillie (CAN)||446.5||Arthur Shannos (AUS)||394.5|
|Flyweight||Men||Ian Epton (SAF)||Shujah-ud-Din (PAK)||Fred Flannery (CAN)|
|Bantamweight||Men||Muhammad Akhtar (PAK)||Geoff Jameson (AUS)||Daniel van der Walt (SAF)|
|Featherweight||Men||Abraham Geldenhuys (SAF)||Siraj-ud-Din (PAK)||Albert Aspen (ENG)|
|Lightweight||Men||Muhammad Ashraf (PAK)||Alastair Duncan (SCO)||Anthony Ries (SAF)|
|Welterweight||Men||Muhammad Bashir (PAK)||Lachmi Kant Pandey (IND)||Coenraad de Villiers (SAF)|
|Middleweight||Men||Hermanus van Zyl (SAF)||George Farquhar (SCO)||Ray Myland (ENG)|
|Light Heavyweight||Men||Jacob Theron (SAF)||Muhammad Ali (PAK)||Bob Steckle (CAN)|
|Heavyweight||Men||Lila Ram Sangwan (IND)||Jacobus Hanekom (SAF)||Ray Mitchell (AUS)|
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