SIXTY YEARS AGO
Athletics events stole the show at Pontypridd Council's Air Show on Whit Monday 1960. By their conduct and sportmanship the athletes were a credit to Welsh Athletics and the people of Pontypridd were quick to show their appreciation.
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FIFTY YEARS AGO
Troedyrhiw AC decided in 1970 to hold track events at the Afon Taf track instead of their annual road races.
They were run in complete darkness and the timekeepers had to use cigarette lighters to read
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
In 1950 the Welsh AAA instituted a Plaque of Honour for valued services rendered by members and the first award was made posthumously to the late
Mr E W O'Donnell.
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The 76th Welsh Senior XC Champs held at a cold, wet and windy Swansea on
2 Feb 1980 were a bit
of an anti climax.
Steve Jones and Tony Simmons broke away from the field and decided to
run in together to create the first ever dead heat in the history of the race.
WELSH REPRESENTATION - THE STATISTICS
Information is given in six different ways: year by year, by track events, by field events,
by number of appearances, alphabetically plus there is also a list of medallists.
It is interesting to see Wales' strengths and weaknessess in the different events.
Various sources have been used to compile these statistics including personal information and results,
Athletics Weekly, official results, NUTS publications, Welsh publications.
There are a lot of statistics involving many hours of typing
- please let us know if you notice any errors.
The very first Games were held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930, although Wales did not send a team and consequently Reg Thomas competed for England. Wales has competed at every subsequent event, although Welsh female athletes competed for the first time in Cardiff in 1958.
If my maths are correct:
250 athletes have competed for Wales - 172 males and 78 females.
Wales has won 44 individual medals and 4 relay medals in total -
Males - 11 gold, 10 silver and 1 relay silver, 10 bronze and 2 relay bronze
Females - 4 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze and 1 relay bronze
Seven athletes have competed in 4 Commonwealth Games:
Colin Jackson, Ron Jones, Steve Jones, Christian Malcolm, Berwyn Price
Carys Parry, Philippa Roles
COMMONWEALTH GAMES 1958
The British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held
in Cardiff, Wales in 1958 - 60 years ago.
To celebrate this event we have listed below the full results.
There have been many articles written about the event over the years
but Alan has produced an article from a slightly different view point.
We have added a PDF version of the article - easier to read. Various resources were used to produce the full results, including the Official History of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Wales 1958, Athletics at the Commonwealth Games by R Whittington, P Jones and S Greenberg, programmes, booklets and newspaper reports. The names of countries as in use at the time have been used. So please note that British Guiana is now Guyana, Ceylon is Sri Linka, Malaya is Malaysia and Rhodesia is Zimbabwe.
It is interesting seeing the full results - see how many famous names you can spot !