1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

The 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Kingston, Jamaica, from 4 to 13 August 1966. This was the first time that the Games had been held outside the so-called White Dominions. They were followed by the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games for wheelchair athletes. Jamaica remains the only host nation of a Commonwealth Games that did not win at least one gold medal in its own games.

VIII British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games - Kingston
Host cityKingston
CountryJamaica
Nations participating34
Athletes participating1,316 (inc. officials)
Events110 events in 10 sports
Opening ceremony4 August
Closing ceremony13 August
Officially opened byPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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Host selection

Kingston was elected host in Rome, Italy at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Country Votes
Kingston Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica 17
Edinburgh Flag of Scotland (navy blue).svg Scotland 12
Salisbury Flag of Northern Rhodesia (1939–1964).svg Rhodesia 5

Participating teams

Commonwealth games 1966 countries map
Countries that participated

34 teams were represented at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).

Participating Commonwealth countries and territories

Medals by country

  *   Host nation (Jamaica)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 England (ENG)33242380
2 Australia (AUS)23282273
3 Canada (CAN)14202357
4 New Zealand (NZL)851326
5 Ghana (GHA)5229
 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)5229
7 Pakistan (PAK)4149
8 Kenya (KEN)4138
9 India (IND)34310
 Nigeria (NGR)34310
11 Wales (WAL)3227
12 Malaysia (MAS)2215
13 Scotland (SCO)1449
14 Northern Ireland (NIR)1337
15 Isle of Man (IOM)1001
16 Jamaica (JAM)*04812
17 Bahamas (BAH)0101
 Bermuda (BER)0101
 Guyana (GUY)0101
 Papua New Guinea (PNG)0101
21 Uganda (UGA)0033
22 Barbados (BAR)0011
Totals (22 nations)110110120340

Medals by event

Athletics

110 x4 men

Badminton

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Singles Tan Aik Huang Malaysia Yew Cheng Hoe Malaysia Dinesh Khanna India
Men's Doubles Tan Aik Huang & Yew Cheng Hoe Malaysia Ng Boon Bee & Tan Yee Khan Malaysia David Horton & Roger Mills England
Women's Singles Angela Bairstow England Sharon Whittaker Canada Ursula Smith England
Women's Doubles Helen Jenny Horton & Ursula Smith England Angela Bairstow & Iris Rogers England Rosalind Singha Ang & Teoh Siew Yong Malaysia
Mixed Doubles Roger Mills & Angela Bairstow England Tony Jordan & Helen Jenny Horton England Bob McCoig & Muriel Ferguson Scotland

Boxing

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight Men Sulley Shittu Ghana Kenneth Campbell Jamaica Frank Scott Canada
John Rakowski Australia
Bantamweight Men Edward Ndukwu Nigeria Darryl Norwood Australia Nderu Mwaura Kenya
Brian Kendall New Zealand
Featherweight Men Philip Waruinge Kenya Pat Maguire Northern Ireland Amos Ajoo Ghana
Harold West Jamaica
Lightweight Men Anthony Andeh Nigeria Ron Thurston England Stephen Baraza Kenya
Samuel Lockhart Northern Ireland
Light Welterweight Men Jim McCourt Northern Ireland Aaron Popoola Ghana Alex Odhiambo Uganda
Bryan Knoche Australia
Welterweight Men Eddie Blay Ghana Bobby Arthur England Frank Young Northern Ireland
Andy Peace Scotland
Light Middleweight Men Mark Rowe England Tom Imrie Scotland Robert Okine Ghana
Nojim Maiyegun Nigeria
Middleweight Men Joe Darkey Ghana Arthur Trout Jamaica John Turpin England
Mathias Ouma Uganda
Light Heavyweight Men Roger Tighe England Fatai Ayinla Nigeria Dennis Booth Australia
Sylvester Hines Jamaica
Heavyweight Men Bill Kini New Zealand Adonis Ray Ghana Danny McAlinden Northern Ireland
Benson Ocan Uganda

Diving

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 Metres Springboard Diving Men Brian Phelps England 154.55 Don Wagstaff Australia 150.17 Chris Robb Australia 136.52
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving Men Brian Phelps England 164.57 Don Wagstaff Australia 148.44 Chris Robb Australia 141.68
3 Metres Springboard Diving Women Kathy Rowlatt England 147.1 Beverley Boys Canada 134.92 Susan Knight Australia 134.9
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving Women Joy Newman England 98.87 Robyn Bradshaw Australia 98.85 Beverley Boys Canada 97.21

Cycling

Track

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial Men Roger Gibbon Trinidad and Tobago 00:01:10 Philip Bristow-Stagg Australia 00:01:11 Richard Hine Australia 00:01:11
Sprint Men Roger Gibbon Trinidad and Tobago Jim Booker England Daryl Perkins Australia
Individual Pursuit Men Hugh Porter England 00:04:57 John Bylsma Australia 00:04:59 Richard Hine Australia 00:05:04
10 Miles Scratch Men Ian Alsop England 00:21:46 Hilton Clarke Australia 00:21:46 Trevor Bull England 00:21:47

Road

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race Men Peter Buckley Isle of Man 05:07:52 Des Thomson New Zealand 05:12:11 Laurie Byers New Zealand 05:12:20

Fencing

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Foil Men Allan Jay England Bill Hoskyns England Graham Paul England
Foil – Team Men England England
Allan Jay
Graham Paul
Bill Hoskyns
Australia Australia
Barry Wasley
Brian McCowage
John Humphreys
Russell Hobby
Scotland Scotland
George Sandor
Joseph Rorke
Robert Wilson
Épée Men Bill Hoskyns England John Pelling England Robert Reynolds Wales
Épée – Team Men England England
Bill Hoskyns
John Pelling
Peter Jacobs
Canada Canada
John Andru
Konrad Widmaier
Peter Bakonyi
Australia Australia
Barry Wasley
John Humphreys
Peter Hardiman
Russell Hobby
Sabre Men Ralph Cooperman England Sandy Leckie Scotland Gabor Arato Australia
Sabre- Team Men England England
Ralph Cooperman
Richard Oldcorn
William Rayden
Australia Australia
Brian McCowage
Gabor Arato
Laszlo Tornallyay
Canada Canada
John Andru
Leslie Samek
Robert Foxcroft
Foil Women Janet Wardell-Yerburgh England Shirley Parker England Gaye McDermit New Zealand
Foil – Team Women England England
Janet Wardell-Yerburgh
Joyce Pearce
Shirley Parker
Australia Australia
Jeanette Beauchamp
Melody Coleman
Walburga Winter
New Zealand New Zealand
Joyce Fenton
Gaye McDermit
Pamela French

Shooting

Pistol

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Free Pistol Men/Open Charles Sexton England 544 Jules Sobrian Canada 538 Garfield McMahon Canada 536
Centre-Fire Pistol Men/Open James Lee Canada 576 Tony Clark England 575 Julio Machado Jamaica 571
Rapid-Fire Pistol Men/Open Tony Clark England 585 Michael Papps Australia 578 Jules Sobrian Canada 572

Rifle

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Small Bore Rifle Men/Open Gilmour Boa Canada 587 Brian Lacey New Zealand 585 John Murphy Australia 584
Full Bore Rifle Men/Open Lord John Swansea Wales 394 Robert Stewart Papua New Guinea 381 Tom Sutherland New Zealand 381

Swimming

Men's events
Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 yd freestyle Mike Wenden Australia 54.0 Bobby McGregor Scotland 54.2 David Dickson Australia 54.6
440 yd freestyle Bob Windle Australia 4:15.0 John Bennett Australia 4:15.8 Ralph Hutton Canada 4:16.1
1650 yd freestyle Ron Jackson Australia 17:25.9 Sandy Gilchrist Canada 17:33.9 Ralph Hutton Canada 17:38.9
110 yd backstroke Peter Reynolds Australia 1:02.4 Ralph Hutton Canada 1:02.7 Neil Jackson England 1:03.3
220 yd backstroke Peter Reynolds Australia 2:12.0 Ralph Hutton Canada 2:13.5 Karl Byrom Australia 2:18.8
110 yd breaststroke Ian O'Brien Australia 1:08.2 Tony Graham New Zealand 1:12.9 Malcolm Tucker England 1:13.9
220 yd breaststroke Ian O'Brien Australia 2:29.3 Tony Graham New Zealand 2:36.9 Bill Mahony Canada 2:38.9
110 yd butterfly Ron Jacks Canada 1:00.3 Graham Dunn Australia 1:00.9 Keith Bewley England 1:01.5
220 yd butterfly David Gerrard New Zealand 2:12.7 Brett Hill Australia 2:12.8 Tom Arusoo Canada 2:14.2
440 yd individual medley Peter Reynolds Australia 4:50.8 Ralph Hutton Canada 4:51.8 Sandy Gilchrist Canada 4:58.7
4×110 yd freestyle relay Australia Australia
David Dickson
John Ryan
Mike Wenden
Bob Windle
3:35.6 Canada Canada
Sandy Gilchrist
Ralph Hutton
Robert Kasting
Ronald Jacks
3:42.3 England England
Anthony Jarvis
John Martin-Dye
Michael Turner
Robert Lord
3:43.7
4×220 yd freestyle relay Australia Australia
David Dickson
Mike Wenden
Peter Reynolds
Bob Windle
7:59.5 Canada Canada
Sandy Gilchrist
Ralph Hutton
Robert Kasting
Ronald Jacks
8:15.0 England England
Anthony Jarvis
John Thurley
Keith Bewley
Michael Turner
8:24.0
4×110 yd medley relay Canada Canada
Sandy Gilchrist
Leonard Chase
Ralph Hutton
Ronald Jacks
4:10.5 England England
Keith Bewley
Malcolm Tucker
Michael Turner
Neil Jackson
4:11.3 New Zealand New Zealand
David Gerrard
Tony Graham
Hilton Brown
Paddy O'Carroll
4:17.5
Women's events
Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 yd freestyle Marion Lay Canada 01:02.3 Lynette Bell Australia 01:03.2 Jan Murphy Australia 01:03.4
440 yd freestyle Kathy Wainwright Australia 04:38.8 Jenny Thorn Australia 04:44.5 Kim Herford Australia 04:47.2
110 yd backstroke Linda Ludgrove England 01:09.2 Elaine Tanner Canada 01:09.9 Janet Franklin England 01:11.8
220 yd backstroke Linda Ludgrove England 02:28.5 Elaine Tanner Canada 02:29.7 Margaret Macrae New Zealand 02:34.7
110 yd breaststroke Diana Harris England 01:19.7 Jill Slattery England 01:19.8 Heather Saville Australia 01:21.6
220 yd breaststroke Jill Slattery England 02:50.3 Stella Mitchell England 02:50.3 Vivien Haddon New Zealand 02:53.9
110 yd butterfly Elaine Tanner Canada 01:06.8 Judy Gegan England 01:09.3 Ann Barner England 01:09.7
220 yd butterfly Elaine Tanner Canada 02:29.9 Marilyn Carson Canada 02:34.8 Ann Barner England 02:35.0
440 yd individual medley Elaine Tanner Canada 05:26.3 Jan Murphy Australia 05:28.1 Jane Hughes Canada 05:34.1
4×110 yd freestyle relay Canada Canada
Elaine Tanner
Jane Hughes
Louise Kennedy
Marion Lay
04:10.8 Australia Australia
Janet Steinbeck
Janice Murphy
Lynette Bell
Marion Smith
04:11.1 England England
Diana Wilkinson
Jeanette Cave
Pauline Sillett
Susan Cope
04:17.3
4×110 yd medley relay England England
Diana Harris
Judy Gegan
Linda Ludgrove
Pauline Sillett
04:40.6 Canada Canada
Donna Ross
Elaine Tanner
Louise Kennedy
Marion Lay
04:44.5 Australia Australia
Allyson Mabb
Heather Saville
Jill Pauline Groeger
Lynette Bell
04:45.7

Weightlifting

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight – Overall Men Precious McKenzie England 319.5 Martin Dias Guyana 307 Chun Hon Chan Canada 304.5
Featherweight – Overall Men Chung Kum Weng Wales 337 Mahon Ghosh India 334.5 Allen Salter Canada 324.5
Lightweight – Overall Men Hugo Gittens Trinidad and Tobago 367 George Newton England 354.5 Ieuan Owen Wales 349.5
Middleweight – Overall Men Pierre St.-Jean Canada 404.5 Horace Johnson Wales 382 Russell Perry Australia 372
Light Heavyweight – Overall Men George Vakakis Australia 419.5 Sylvanus Blackman England 414.5 Mike Pearman England 409.5
Middle Heavyweight – Overall Men Louis Martin England 462 George Manners England 429.5 Dudley Lawson Jamaica 422
Heavyweight – Overall Men Don Oliver New Zealand 497 Arthur Shannos Australia 464.5 Brandon Bailey Trinidad and Tobago 462

Wrestling

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight Men Muhammad Nazir Pakistan Shamrao Sable India Peter Michienzi Canada
Bantamweight Men Bishamber Singh India Kevin McGrath Australia Muhammad Saeed Pakistan
Featherweight Men Muhammad Akhtar Pakistan Randhawa Singh India Albert Aspen England
Lightweight Men Mukhtiar Singh India Ray Lougheed Canada Tony Greig New Zealand
Welterweight Men Muhammad Bashir Pakistan Richard Bryant Canada Hukum Singh India
Middleweight Men Muhammad Faiz Pakistan Sébastien Donison Canada Michael Benarik Australia
Light Heavyweight Men Robert Chamberot Canada Wallace Booth Scotland Bishwanath Singh India
Heavyweight Men Bhim Singh India Ikram Ilahi Pakistan Denis McNamara England

External links

Preceded by
Perth
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Kingston
VIII British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Succeeded by
Edinburgh
Athletics at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

At the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. A total of 34 events were contested, of which 23 by male and 11 by female athletes. This was the final athletics competition at the quadrennial competition to feature events measured in imperial units, rather than metric units. Eleven Games records were improved over the course of the competition.

Australia at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

Australia at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games was abbreviated AUS. This was their eighth of 8 Commonwealth Games having participated in all Games meets up to these Games.

Badminton at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

The badminton competition at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games took place in Kingston, Jamaica from 4 August until 9 August 1966. It was the inaugural appearance for badminton at the Games.

Bill Baillie

William David Baillie (28 May 1934 – 25 December 2018) was a New Zealand runner, who represented his country at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. There, he placed sixth in the 5000 m. He also competed at the 1954, 1958, 1962, and 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. At the time of his death, he held New Zealand records for the 20000 m and the 1 hour events.In the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours, Baillie was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to athletics.Baillie died in Auckland on 25 December 2018 at the age of 84.

Bob Binning

Robert Samuel Jackson "Bob" Binning (28 November 1935 – 8 August 2005) was a New Zealand fencer.He won the bronze medal as part of the men's sabre team at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. His teammates in the event were Michael Henderson and Brian Pickworth.

Binning competed individually in the sabre and épée at the 1958, 1962 and 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. He won eight national titles in the men's sabre and one in the épée over his career.

Clifton Forbes

Clifton Forbes (February 18, 1946 – March 1, 2010) was an Olympic athlete, who represented Jamaica at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He won a bronze medal in the 4×400 metre relay at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Later he served as a manager for teams to the Olympic, Commonwealth, Pan American, Central America and Caribbean Games, and a trainer of the national netball team.

Des Thomson

Desmond "Des" Ronald Thomson (born 22 August 1942) is a former racing cyclist from New Zealand.He won the silver medal in the men's road race at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

He went to two Olympics in 1964 and 1968 competing in the men's road race and team time trial. In the men's road race, he finished 61st in 1964 and 52nd in 1968.His brother Richie Thomson was also a New Zealand representative cyclist competing at two Commonwealth Games and the 1968 Olympic Games.

Des Thomson also won the Australian Road title. He rode for Queensland having moved to the Gold Coast and joining Nerang – Gold Coast cycling club.

Don Oliver

Donald Carthew Oliver (16 April 1937 – 26 February 1996) was a New Zealand weightlifter and fitness centre founder.

He won the gold medal at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in the men's 110 kg division. At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he won the silver medal in the same division.He represented New Zealand at three Olympic Games in the heavyweight division. Competing at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Games his best result was eighth at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

At the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, Oliver was the New Zealand weightlifting team coach.Oliver was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to weightlifting and the community. He owned six gyms in Auckland and started his own brand of fitness equipment. He was a personal trainer to several All Blacks, including Michael Jones, Eroni Clarke, Va'aiga Tuigamala and Craig Dowd.He died of cancer in Auckland in 1996.

India at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

This was the 5th time India participated in Commonwealth Games. Probably the Best Commonwealth Games for India so far, in terms of Medals won. India participated in most sports this time, involving, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Jeff Julian (athlete)

Jeffrey Lynn Julian (born 9 October 1935) is a former New Zealand marathon runner.At the Olympics, he placed 18th in 1960 in Rome and 29th in 1964 in Tokyo. At the British Empire and Commonwealth Games he was seventh in 1962 in Perth and fifth in 1966 in Kingston.

In 1963 he won the Fukuoka Marathon. In 1969 he ran his personal best of 2:14:38 h at the Fukuoka Marathon, ranking eighth.

Laurie Byers

Laurence "Laurie" John Byers (born 3 March 1941) is a former racing cyclist from New Zealand.He won the bronze medal in the men's road race at both the 1962 and 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

His only Olympic appearance was at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games where he placed 10th in the men's road race, he was also part of the team that finished 18th in the men's team time trial.

Les Mills

Leslie Roy Mills (born 1 November 1934) is a retired New Zealand track and field athlete and politician. He represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games over two decades, competing in the shot put and discus throw. At the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he achieved his best result, a gold medal in the discus.Mills opened his first gym in 1968 and gives his name to Les Mills International, a company founded by his son Phillip Mills. He was Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, from 1990 to 1998.

Malaysia at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

Malaysia competed for the first time in the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Kingston, Jamaica from 4 to 13 August 1966.

New Zealand at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

New Zealand (abbreviated NZL) sent a team of 69 competitors and 27 officials to the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, which were held in Kingston, Jamaica. The flagbearer at the opening ceremony was Don Oliver.

New Zealand has competed in every one of the games, starting with the first British Empire Games in 1930 at Hamilton, Ontario. Selection is the responsibility of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Samuel Igun

Samuel Igun (born February 28, 1938 in Warri, Delta State) is a retired Olympic athlete from Nigeria. He specialised in the triple jump, high jump and long jump events during his career.

Igun represented Nigeria at four consecutive Olympic Games, starting in 1960. He claimed the gold medal in the men's triple jump event at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games for his native African country.

South Arabia at the Commonwealth Games

Aden, then South Arabia, competed twice in the Commonwealth Games; in 1962 as Aden, and in 1966 as South Arabia.

In 1967 the Federation of South Arabia left the Commonwealth, becoming part of the People's Republic of South Yemen, and in 1990 part of the Republic of Yemen.

Tanzania at the Commonwealth Games

Tanzania has competed in twelve of the thirteen Commonwealth Games since 1966, following the formation of the country in 1964, missing only the 1986 Commonwealth Games. One of its predecessor states, Tanganyika, competed in the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

Tony Greig (wrestler)

Anthony "Tony" Granville Greig (born 22 July 1941) is a former lightweight freestyle wrestler from New Zealand. He won a bronze medal at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and was eliminated in the second bout at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Yew Cheng Hoe

Yew Cheng Hoe (born 1943) is a former world-class Malaysian badminton player. He played on the Malaysian Thomas Cup (men's international) teams of 1963-1964 and 1966-1967, the latter of which won the world championship. During the 1965-1966 tournament season Cheng Hoe was a frequent runner-up to fellow countryman Tan Aik Huang who dominated international singles competition that year. Cheng Hoe won the Malaysian Open and New Zealand Open singles titles in 1963. With Tan Aik Huang he won men's doubles at the British Commonwealth Games in 1966.

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