- 1934 British Empire Games
2nd British Empire Games Host city London, England Nations participating 17 Athletes participating 500 Events 68 Opening ceremony 4 August Closing ceremony 11 August Main Stadium White City Stadium
The 1934 British Empire Games were the second of what is now known as the Commonwealth Games. They were held at the White City Stadium in London, England from 4–11 August 1934, apart from the cycling at Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester, and the swimming, which took place at the Empire Pool in Wembley. Seventeen national teams took part, including the Irish Free State (the only Games in which they participated, although at the 1930 Games a team representing the whole of Ireland competed).
The 1934 Games had originally been awarded to Johannesburg, South Africa, but were changed to London because of concerns (particularly from Canada) about the way South Africa would treat black and Asian athletes.
Six sports were featured in the Games: athletics, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming and diving, and wrestling. A highlight of the 1934 Games was the inclusion of events for women in athletics, with careful consideration given not to include events that were considered 'too exhaustive'. The running events were restricted to the short sprints and a shortened 4 x 220 yard relay instead of the 4 x 440 yard relay as per the men's program. Nevertheless this was a breakthrough for women in sport that would one day lead to full recognition and programming for women's athletics on the international stage.
Teams participating for the first time in bold.
- British Guiana
- Irish Free State
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Southern Rhodesia
- South Africa
Medals by Country
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total 1 England 29 20 24 73 2 Canada 17 25 9 51 3 Australia 8 4 2 14 4 South Africa 7 10 5 22 5 Scotland 5 4 17 26 6 New Zealand 1 0 2 3 7 British Guiana 1 0 0 1 8 Wales 0 3 3 6 9 Northern Ireland 0 1 2 3 10 Jamaica 0 1 1 2 11 Southern Rhodesia 0 0 2 2 12 India 0 0 1 1 Total 68 68 68 204
Medals by event
Event Gold Silver Bronze Flyweight Patrick Palmer (ENG) Maxie Berger (CAN) Jackie Pottinger (WAL) Bantamweight Freddy Ryan (ENG) Albert Barnes (WAL) Thomas Wells (SCO) Featherweight Charles Catterall (SAF) J.D. Jones (WAL) William Fulton (RHO) Lightweight Leslie Cook (AUS) Frank Taylor (WAL) Harry Moy (ENG) Welterweight Dave McCleave (ENG) Dick Barton (SAF) William Duncan (NIR) Middleweight Alf Shawyer (ENG) Leonard Wadsworth (CAN) Jimmy Magill (NIR) Light heavyweight George Brennan (ENG) George Holton (SCO) Robey Leibbrandt (SAF) Heavyweight Pat Floyd (ENG) Jan van Rensburg (SAF) David Douglas-Hamilton (SCO)
Event Gold Silver Bronze Time Trial Dunc Gray (AUS) 1:16.4 Bob McLeod (CAN) 1:18.0 Ted Clayton (SAF) 1:18.4 Sprint 1000 yd Ernest Higgins (ENG) Horace Pethybridge (AUS) Ted Clayton (SAF) 10 mile Scratch Bob McLeod (CAN) 24:26.2 Ted Clayton (SAF) William Harvell (ENG)
Event Gold Silver Bronze 3 m springboard J. Briscoe Ray (ENG) 117.12 Doug Tomalin (ENG) 110.50 Harry Class (CAN) 106.57 10 m platform Tommy Mather (ENG) 83.83 Doug Tomalin (ENG) 83.63 Louis Marchant (ENG) 70.64
Event Gold Silver Bronze 3 m springboard Judith Moss (CAN) 62.27 Lesley Thompson (AUS) 60.49 Doris Ogilvie (CAN) 57.00 10 m platform Elizabeth MacReady (ENG) 30.74 Lesley Thompson (AUS) 27.64 Cecily Cousens (ENG) 27.36
All events were for men only.
Event Gold Silver Bronze Singles Robert Sprot (SCO) W. S. MacDonald (CAN) Andrew Harvey (SAF) Pairs Tommy Hills
and George Wright (ENG)
W. G. Hutchinson
and A. A. Langford (CAN)
and Stan Weaver (WAL)
Event Gold Silver Bronze 100 yd freestyle George Burleigh (CAN) 55.0 George Larson (CAN) 55.6 Noel Crump (NZL) 56.2 440 yd freestyle Noel Ryan (AUS) 5:03.0 Norman Wainwright (ENG) 5:07.8 Bob Pirie (CAN) 5:14.8 1500 yd freestyle Noel Ryan (AUS) 18:25.4 Bob Pirie (CAN) 18:28.4 Norman Wainwright (ENG) 18:33.2 100 yd backstroke Willie Francis (SCO) 01:05.2 John Besford (ENG) 1:05.6 Ben Gazell (CAN) 1:06.6 200 yd breaststroke Norman Hamilton (SCO) 2:41.4 William McCarty (JAM) 2:42.4 Bill Puddy (CAN) 2:42.8 4×200 yd
9:23.4 3×110 yd
Event Gold Silver Bronze 100 yd freestyle Phyllis Dewar (CAN) 1:03.0 Irene Pirie (CAN) 1:03.6 Jean McDowell (SCO) 1:05.8 440 yd freestyle Phyllis Dewar (CAN) 5:45.6 Jenny Maakal (SAF) 5:53.0 Irene Pirie (CAN) 5:54.4 100 yd backstroke Phyllis Harding (ENG) 1:13.8 Margot Hamilton (SCO) 1:15.0 Valerie Davies (WAL) 1:18.2 200 yd breaststroke Clare Dennis (AUS) 2:50.2 Phyllis Haslam (CAN) 2:55.4 Margery Hinton (ENG) 2:58.6 4×110 yd
4:21.8 South Africa
4:34.4 3×110 yd
All events were for men only.
Event Gold Silver Bronze Bantamweight Edward Melrose (SCO) Ted McKinley (CAN) Joseph Reid (ENG) Featherweight Robert McNab (CAN) Joe Nelson (ENG) Murdoch White (SCO) Lightweight Dick Garrard (AUS) G. E. North (ENG) Howard Thomas (CAN) Welterweight Joe Schleimer (CAN) William Fox (ENG) Rashid Anwar (IND) Middleweight Terry Evans (CAN) Stanley Bissell (ENG) Robert Harcus (SCO) Light heavyweight Mick Cubbin (SAF) Bernard Rowe (ENG) Alex Watt (CAN) Heavyweight Jack Knight (AUS) Pat Meehan (CAN) Archie Dudgeon (SCO)
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