1978 Commonwealth Games

11th Commonwealth Games
Host city Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nations participating 47
Athletes participating 1,475
Events 128 events in 11 sports
Opening ceremony 3 August 1978
Closing ceremony 12 August 1978
Officially opened by Elizabeth II
Queen's Baton Final Runner Diane Jones Konihowski
Main venue Commonwealth Stadium
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The 1978 Commonwealth Games were held in Edmonton, Alberta, 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.[1] The Bid Election was held at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

This was the first Commonwealth Games where a computerised system was used to handle ticket sales.

1978 Commonwealth Games Bidding Results
City Round 1
Canada Edmonton 36
England Leeds 10

Participating teams

Participating countries

46 teams were represented at the 1978 Games.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).

Medals by country

The Queen, Prince Philip, and their two younger sons, Andrew and Edward, at the opening of the 1978 Commonwealth Games, in Edmonton, Alberta
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada 45 31 33 109
2  England 27 27 33 87
3  Australia 24 33 27 84
4  Kenya 7 6 5 18
5  New Zealand 5 6 9 20
6  India 5 5 5 15
7  Scotland 3 6 5 14
8  Jamaica 2 2 3 7
9  Wales 2 1 5 8
10  Northern Ireland 2 1 2 5
11  Hong Kong 2 0 0 2
12  Malaysia 1 2 1 4
13  Ghana 1 1 1 3
 Guyana 1 1 1 3
15  Tanzania 1 1 0 2
16  Trinidad and Tobago 0 2 2 4
 Zambia 0 2 2 4
18  Bahamas 0 1 0 1
 Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 1
20  Western Samoa 0 0 3 3
21  Isle of Man 0 0 1 1
Total 128 129 138 395

Medals by event



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed Team England (ENG)
Anne Statt
Barbara Sutton
David Eddy
Derek Talbot
Jane Webster
Karen Bridge
Kevin Jolly
Mike Tredgett
Nora Perry
Raymond Stevens
 Canada (CAN)
Claire Blackhouse
Gregory Carter
Jamie McKee
Jane Youngberg
Johanne Falardeau
John Czich
Kenneth Priestman
Lucio Fabris
Sharon Crawford
Wendy Clarkson
 Malaysia (MAS)
Abu Bakar Sufian
Chee Geok Whee
Moo Foot Lian
James Selvaraj
Katherine Swee Phek Teh
Saw Swee Leong
Sylvia Ng
Ong Teong Boon
Men's Singles Prakash Padukone (IND) Derek Talbot (ENG) Ray Stevens (ENG)
Men's Doubles Ray Stevens
Mike Tredgett (ENG)
 Moo Foot Lian
Ong Beng Teong (MAS)
 Bryan Purser
Richard Purser (NZL)
Women's Singles Sylvia Ng (MAS) Katherine Swee Phek Teh (MAS) Wendy Clarkson (CAN)
Women's Doubles Nora Perry
Anne Statt (ENG)
 Claire Backhouse
Jane Youngberg (CAN)
 Ami Ghia
Kanwal Singh (IND)
Mixed Doubles Mike Tredgett
Nora Perry (ENG)
 Billy Gilliland
Joanna Flockhart (SCO)
 Derek Talbot
Barbara Sutton (ENG)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight Stephen Muchoki (KEN) Francis Kabala (ZAM) Birender Thapa (IND)
 Kid Jumalia (GHA)
Flyweight Michael Irungu (KEN) Ian Clyde (CAN) Peter Wighton (AUS)
 Hugh Russell (NIR)
Bantamweight Barry McGuigan (NIR) Tumat Sugolik (PNG) Douglas Maina (KEN)
 William Rannelli (CAN)
Featherweight Azumah Nelson (GHA) John Sichula (ZAM) Guy Boutin (CAN)
 Maurice O'Brien (ENG)
Lightweight Gerry Hamill (NIR) Patrick Waweru (KEN) Teddy Makofi (ZAM)
 John McAllister (SCO)
Light Welterweight Winfield Braithwaite (GUY) James Douglas (SCO) John Raftery (CAN)
 Michael Mawangi (KEN)
Welterweight Mike McCallum (JAM) Ken Beattie (NIR) Derrick Hoyt (CAN)
 Anthony Freal (WAL)
Light Middleweight Kelly Perlette (CAN) Abdurahman Athuman (KEN) Ropati Vipo Samu (SAM)
 Enock Chama (ZAM)
Middleweight Philip McElwaine (AUS) Delroy Parkes (ENG) Roddy MacDonald (CAN)
 Richard Betham (SAM)
Light Heavyweight Roger Fortin (CAN) Ron Smith (ENG) Fautala Su'a (SAM)
 Edward Thande (KEN)
Heavyweight Julius Awome (ENG) Adamah Mensah (GHA) George Stankovich (NZL)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Time Trial Jocelyn Lovell (CAN)1:06.00 Kenrick Tucker (AUS)00:01:07 Gordon Singleton (CAN)00:01:08
Men's Sprint Kenrick Tucker (AUS) Trevor Gadd (ENG) David Weller (JAM)
Men's Individual Pursuit Michael Richards (NZL)00:04:50 Gary Campbell (AUS)00:04:56 Tony Doyle (ENG)00:04:56
Men's Team Pursuit Australia
Colin Fitzgerald
Kevin Nichols
Gary Sutton
Shane Sutton
00:04:29 New Zealand
Kevin Blackwell
Anthony Cuff
Neil Lyster
Jack Swart
00:04:38 England
Tony Doyle
Paul Fennell
Tony James
Glen Mitchell
Men's 10 Miles Scratch Jocelyn Lovell (CAN)00:20:06 Shane Sutton (AUS)00:20:06 Gary Sutton (AUS)00:20:06
Men's Tandem Jocelyn Lovell
Gordon Singleton (CAN)
15.52 Trevor Gadd
David Le Grys (ENG)
 Ron Boyle
Stephen Goodall (AUS)
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Road Race Phil Anderson (AUS)04:22:34 Pierre Harvey (CAN)04:22:35 Garry Bell (NZL)04:22:35


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 3 Metres Springboard Chris Snode (ENG)643.83 Scott Cranham (CAN)595.53 Don Wagstaff (AUS)572.16
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Chris Snode (ENG)538.98 Ken Armstrong (CAN)534.99 Scott Cranham (CAN)512.37
Women's 3 Metres Springboard Janet Nutter (CAN)477.33 Beverley Boys (CAN)469.95 Eniko Kiefer (CAN)447.42
Women's 10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Linda Cuthbert (CAN)397.44 Valerie McFarlane (AUS)383.4 Janet Nutter (CAN)374.67


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's All-Around Philip Delesalle (CAN)56.4 Lindsay Nylund (AUS)54.95 Jean Choquette (CAN)54.25
Men's Team Canada (CAN)
Jean Choquette
Nigel Rothwell
Owen Walstrom
Philip Delesalle
165.55 England (ENG)
Edward Arnold
Ian Neale
Jeffrey Davis
Thomas Wilson
161.95 Australia (AUS)
Lambert Ariens
Lindsay Nylund
Rudolf Starosta
Warwick Forbes
Women's All-Around Elfi Schlegel (CAN)38.25 Monica Goermann (CAN)37.25
 Sherry Hawco (CAN)
Women's Team Canada (CAN)
Elfi Schlegel
Karen Kelsall
Monica Goermann
Sherry Hawco
113.25 England (ENG)
Joanna Sime
Karen Robb
Lisa Jackman
Susan Cheeseborough
107.4 New Zealand (NZL)
Deborah Hurst
Kirsty Durward
Lynette Brake
Rowena Davis


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's/Open Free Pistol Yvon Trempe (CAN)543 Edward Jans (CAN)540 Bertram Manhin (TRI)536
Men's/Open Rapid-Fire Pistol Jules Sobrian (CAN)587 John Cooke (ENG)581 Jeff Farrell (AUS)581
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's/Open Smallbore Rifle Alister Allan (SCO)1194 Bill Watkins (WAL)1191 Stewart Watterson (IOM)1187
Men's/Open Fullbore Rifle Desmond Vamplew (CAN)391 James Spaight (ENG)388 Patrick Vamplew (CAN)387
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's/Open Trap John Primrose (CAN)186 George Leary (CAN)185 Terry Rumbel (AUS)183
Men's/Open Skeet John Woolley (NZL)193 Paul Bentley (ENG)191 Joe Neville (ENG)190


Men's events
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle Mark Morgan
52.70 Bill Sawchuk
52.81 Gary MacDonald
200 m freestyle Ron McKeon
1:52.06 Graeme Brewer
1:52.86 Mark Morgan
400 m freestyle Ron McKeon
3:54.43 Simon Gray
3:56.87 Max Metzker
1500 m freestyle Max Metzker
15:31.92 Simon Gray
15:39.39 Andrew Astbury
100 m backstroke Glenn Patching
57.90 Gary Abraham
58.48 Jay Tapp
200 m backstroke Gary Hurring
 New Zealand
2:04.37 Glenn Patching
2:05.76 Paul Moorfoot
100 m breaststroke Graham Smith
1:03.81 Duncan Goodhew
1:04.24 Paul Naisby
200 m breaststroke Graham Smith
2:20.86 Duncan Goodhew
2:21.92 Lindsay Spencer
100 m butterfly Dan Thompson
55.04 John Mills
56.22 Bill Sawchuk
200 m butterfly George Nagy
2:01.99 Claus Bredschneider
2:02.49 Phil Hubble
200 m individual medley Graham Smith
2:05.25 Bill Sawchuk
2:05.61 Peter Dawson
400 m individual medley Graham Smith
4:27.34 Simon Gray
4:27.70 Bill Sawchuk
4 × 100 m freestyle relay  Canada
Bill Sawchuk
Gary MacDonald
Graham Smith
Peter Szmidt
3:27.94  Australia
Glenn Patching
Graeme Brewer
Mark Morgan
Ron McKeon
3:28.62  England
David Dunne
Kevin Burns
Martin Smith
Richard Burrell
4 × 200 m freestyle relay  Australia
Graeme Brewer
Mark Morgan
Max Metzker
Ron McKeon
7:34.83  Canada
Bill Sawchuk
Dennis Corcoran
Peter Szmidt
Robert Baylis
7:36.58  England
David Dunne
Martin Smith
Philip Hubble
Simon Gray
4 × 100 m medley relay  Canada
Bill Sawchuk
Dan Thompson
Graham Smith
Jay Tapp
3:49.76  England
Gary Abraham
Duncan Goodhew
John Mills
Martin Smith
3:50.22  Australia
Glenn Patching
Graeme Brewer
Lindsay Spencer
Mark Morgan
Women's events
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle Carol Klimpel
57.78 Rosemary Brown
58.30 Wendy Quirk
200 m freestyle Rebecca Perrott
 New Zealand
2:00.63 Tracey Wickham
2:01.50 Michelle Ford
400 m freestyle Tracey Wickham
4:08.45 Michelle Ford
4:10.25 Rebecca Perrott
 New Zealand
800 m freestyle Tracey Wickham
8:24.62 Michelle Ford
8:25.78 Rebecca Perrott
 New Zealand
100 m backstroke Debra Forster
1:03.97 Hélène Boivin
1:04.54 Cheryl Gibson
200 m backstroke Cheryl Gibson
2:16.57 Lisa Forrest
2:17.66 Glenda Robertson
100 m breaststroke Robin Corsiglia
1:13.56 Maggie Kelly
1:13.69 Marion Stuart
200 m breaststroke Lisa Borsholt
2:37.70 Debbie Rudd
2:38.07 Maggie Kelly
100 m butterfly Wendy Quirk
1:01.92 Penny McCarthy
 New Zealand
1:02.27 Linda Hanel
200 m butterfly Michelle Ford
2:11.29 Wendy Quirk
2:13.65 Linda Hanel
200 m individual medley Sharron Davies
2:18.37 Rebecca Perrott
 New Zealand
2:18.70 Becky Smith
400 m individual medley Sharron Davies
4:52.44 Becky Smith
4:57.83 Cheryl Gibson
4 × 100 m freestyle relay  Canada
Carol Klimpel
Gail Amundrud
Sue Sloan
Wendy Quirk
3:50.28  England
Cheryl Brazendale
Heidi Turk
Kaye Lovatt
Sharron Davies
3:53.27  Australia
Lisa Burnes
Michelle Ford
Rosemary Brown
Tracey Wickham
4 × 100 m medley relay  Canada
Carol Klimpel
Helene Boivin
Marian Stuart
Wendy Quirk
4:15.26  Australia
Debra Forster
Lisa Curry-Kenny
Rosemary Brown
Tracey Wickham
4:16.75  England
Helen Gilyard
Margaret Kelly
Sharron Davies
Sue Jenner


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight – Overall Ekambaram Karunakaran (IND)205 Charlie Revolta (SCO)197.5 Roger Crabtree (AUS)190
Bantamweight – Overall Precious McKenzie (NZL)220 Tamil Selvin (IND)220 Jeffrey Brice (WAL)215
Featherweight – Overall Michael Mercier (CAN)237.5 Ivan Katz (AUS)235 Darrell Schultz (CAN)230
Lightweight – Overall Bill Stellios (AUS)272.5 Adrian Kebbe (AUS)267.5 Philip Sue (NZL)262.5
Middleweight – Overall Sam Castiglione (AUS)300 Newton Burrowes (ENG)290 Steve Pinsent (ENG)290
Light Heavyweight – Overall Robert Kabbas (AUS)322.5 Charles Quagliata (AUS)287.5 Gary Shadbolt (ENG)277.5
Middle Heavyweight – Overall Gary Langford (ENG)335 Terry Hadlow (CAN)330 Brian Marsden (NZL)312.5
Sub Heavyweight – Overall John Burns (WAL)340 Steve Wyatt (AUS)325 Robert Santavy (CAN)315
Heavyweight – Overall Russ Prior (CAN)347.5 Wayne Smith (CAN)337.5 Andy Drzewiecki (ENG)335
Super Heavyweight – Overall Jean-Marc Cardinal (CAN)365 Bob Edmond (AUS)322.5 John Hynd (SCO)305


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight Ashok Kumar (IND) George Gunouski (CAN) Mark Dunbar (ENG)
Flyweight Ray Takahashi (CAN) Sudesh Kumar (IND) Ken Hoyt (AUS)
Bantamweight Satbir Singh (IND) Michael Barry (CAN) Amrik Singh (ENG)
Featherweight Egon Beiler (CAN) Jagminder Singh (IND) Brian Aspen (ENG)
Lightweight Zsigmund Kelevitz (AUS) Joe Gilligan (ENG) Jagdish Kumar (IND)
Welterweight Rajinder Singh (IND) Victor Zilberman (CAN) Keith Howard (ENG)
Middleweight Richard Deschatelets (CAN) Wally Koenig (AUS) Ivan Weir (NIR)
Light Heavyweight Stephen Danier (CAN) Mick Pikos (AUS) Kartar Singh (IND)
Heavyweight Wyatt Wishart (CAN) Satpal Singh (IND) Murray Avery (NZL)
Super Heavyweight Robert Gibbons (CAN) Albert Patrick (SCO) Ishwar Singh (IND)



  1. Donald Macintosh; Michael Hawes; Donna Ruth Greenhorn; David Ross Black (5 April 1994). Sport and Canadian Diplomacy. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-0-7735-1161-3.

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