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1938 British Empire Games

III British Empire Games
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Host city Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nations participating 15
Athletes participating 464
Events 71
Opening ceremony 5 February
Closing ceremony 12 February
Officially opened by John Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst
Main venue Sydney Cricket Ground
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The 1938 British Empire Games was the third British Empire Games, the Commonwealth Games being the modern-day equivalent. Held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from 5-12 February 1938, they were timed to coincide with Sydney's sesqui-centenary (150 years since the foundation of British settlement in Australia). Venues included the Sydney Cricket Ground (the main stadium), the Sydney Sports Ground, North Sydney Olympic Pool and Henson Park. An estimated 40,000 people attended the opening ceremony. A competitors' residential village was established within the grounds of the Sydney Showground.[1]

The star of the games was the Australian athlete Decima Norman, who won five gold medals in track and field. Margaret Dovey, the future wife of Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, finished sixth in the 220 yards breaststroke.

Due to the onset of World War II, the games were not held again until 1950.

Participating teams

Countries that participated

Medals by country

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia (AUS) 25 19 22 66
2  England (ENG) 15 15 10 40
3  Canada (CAN) 13 16 15 44
4  South Africa (SA) 10 10 6 26
5  New Zealand (NZL) 5 7 13 25
6  Wales (WAL) 2 1 0 3
7  Ceylon (CEY) 1 0 0 1
8  Scotland (SCO) 0 2 3 5
9  British Guiana (GUY) 0 1 0 1
10  Southern Rhodesia (RHO) 0 0 2 2
Total 71 71 71 213

Medals by event

Athletics

Boxing

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight South Africa Johnny Joubert (SAF)  Joe Gagnon (CAN)  Hugh Cameron (SCO)
Bantamweight  William Butler (ENG) South Africa Hendrik Knoesen (SAF)  Jack Dillon (AUS)
Featherweight Dominion of Ceylon Barney Henricus (CEY)  James Watson (SCO)  Kenneth Moran (NZL)
Lightweight  Harry Groves (ENG)  Harry Hurst (CAN) Southern Rhodesia William Fulton (RHO)
Welterweight  Bill Smith (AUS)  Arthur Heeney (NZL) Southern Rhodesia Andrew Tsirindonis (RHO)
Middleweight  Denis Reardon (WAL)  Maurice Dennis (ENG)  Rex Carey (CAN)
Light heavyweight South Africa Nick Wolmarans (SAF)  Cecil Overell (AUS)  Joseph Wilby (ENG)
Heavyweight  Thomas Osborne (CAN) South Africa Claude Sterley (SAF)  Leslie Harley (AUS)

Cycling

Track

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial  Bob Porter (AUS) 1:15.2  Tasman Johnson (AUS) 1:15.7  Ernest Mills (ENG) 1:15.9
Sprint 1000 yd  Dunc Gray (AUS)  Bob Porter (AUS)  George Giles (NZL)
10-mile Scratch  William Maxfield (ENG) 24:44.0  Ray Hicks (ENG) South Africa Syd Rose (SAF)

Road

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race South Africa Hennie Binneman (SAF) 2'53:29.6  John Brown (NZL) s.t.  Ray Jones (ENG) s.t.

Diving

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard  Ron Masters (AUS) 126.36  Doug Tomalin (ENG) 124.78  George Athans (CAN) 117.90
10 m platform  Doug Tomalin (ENG) 108.74  Ron Masters (AUS) 102.87  George Athans (CAN) 98.93

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard  Irene Donnett (AUS) 91.18  Lynda Adams (CAN) 88.27  Marie Sharkey (CAN) 81.66
10 m platform  Lurline Hook (AUS) 36.47  Lynda Adams (CAN) 36.39  Irene Donnett (AUS) 34.57

Lawn bowls

All events were for men only.

Rowing

All events were for men only. The double sculls competition was an invitation event and originally no medals were awarded nevertheless these medals were counted nowadays. The bronze medal is listed as won by New Zealand.

Swimming

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 yd freestyle  Bob Pirie (CAN) 59.6 South Africa Terry Collard (SAF) 60.8  William Fleming (AUS) 61.0
440 yd freestyle  Bob Pirie (CAN) 4:54.6  Bob Leivers (ENG) 4:55.4  Robin Biddulph (AUS) 4:55.5
1650 yd freestyle  Bob Leivers (ENG) 19:46.4  Bob Pirie (CAN) 19:59.2  Norman Wainwright (ENG) 20:17.4
110 yd backstroke  Percy Oliver (AUS) 01:07.9  Gordon Kerr (CAN) 1:09.0  Micky Taylor (ENG) 1:09.3
220 yd breaststroke  John Davies (ENG) 2:51.9 British Guiana Walter Spence (BGU) 3:00.5  Jimmy Prentice (CAN) 3:00.8
4×220 yd freestyle relay  England
Frederick Dove
Mostyn Ffrench-Williams
Norman Wainwright
Bob Leivers
9:19.0  Canada
George Burleigh
Gordon Devlin
Robert Hooper
Bob Pirie
9:20.2  Australia
Robert Wilshire
Noel Ryan
Robin Biddulph
William Fleming
9:32.9
3×110 yd medley relay  England
Frederick Dove
John Davies
Micky Taylor
3:28.2  Canada
Gordon Kerr
Jimmy Prentice
Bob Pirie
3:30.5  Australia
Ernest Hobbs
Percy Oliver
William Fleming
3:31.8

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 yd freestyle  Evelyn de Lacy (AUS) 1:10.1  Dorothy Green (AUS) 1:11.1  Dorothy Lyon (CAN) 1:12.1
440 yd freestyle  Dorothy Green (AUS) 5:39.7  Margaret Jeffrey (ENG) 5:40.2  Mona Leydon (NZL) 5:42.0
110 yd backstroke  Pat Norton (AUS) 1:19.5  Jeanne Greenland (WAL) 1:22.5  Margot Hamilton (SCO) 1:23.2
220 yd breaststroke  Doris Storey (ENG) 3:06.3 South Africa Carla Gerke (SAF) 3:12.1  Joan Langdon (CAN) 3:22.2
4×110 yd freestyle relay  Canada
Noel Oxenbury
Dorothy Lyon
Mary Baggaley
Phyllis Dewar
4:48.3  Australia
Dorothy Green
Evelyn de Lacy
Margaret Rawson
Pat Norton
4:49.0  England
Edna Hughes
Joyce Harrowby
Margery Hinton
Zilpha Grant
4:50.1
3×110 yd medley relay  England
Doris Storey
Lorna Frampton
Margery Hinton
3:57.7  South Africa
Carla Gerke
Hazel Holmes
Molly Ryde
4:07.5  Australia
Evelyn de Lacy
Pat Norton
Valerie George
4:10.0

Wrestling

All events were for men only.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight  Ted Purcell (AUS)  Vernon Blake (CAN)  Ray Cazaux (ENG)
Featherweight  Roy Purchase (ENG)  Larry Clarke (CAN)  Joe Genet (NZL)
Lightweight  Dick Garrard (AUS)  Vernon Thomas (NZL) South Africa Alfred Harding (SAF)
Welterweight  Tom Trevaskis (AUS) South Africa Felix Stander (SAF)  Jeremiah Podjursky (NZL)
Middleweight  Terry Evans (CAN) South Africa Peter Sheasby (SAF)  Leslie Jeffers (ENG)
Light heavyweight  Eddie Scarf (AUS) South Africa Sidney Greenspan (SAF)  Thomas Ward (SCO)
Heavyweight  Jack Knight (AUS)  Jim Dryden (NZL)  John Whelan (CAN)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Commonwealth Games Federation - 1938 Commonwealth Games - Introduction". www.thecgf.com. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "1938 Sydney Empire Games - History of Australian Rowing". www.rowinghistory-aus.info. Retrieved 2017. 

External links


Preceded by
London
British Empire Games
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III British Empire Games
Succeeded by
Auckland

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