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1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

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Host city  Cardiff, Wales
Athletes participating  1122
Opening ceremony  18 July
Nations participating  35
Events  94
Closing ceremony  26 July
1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

The 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Cardiff, Wales from 18–26 July 1958.

Contents

Thirty-five nations sent a total of 1,130 athletes and 228 officials to the Cardiff Games and 23 countries and dependencies won medals, including, for the first time, Singapore, Ghana, Kenya and the Isle of Man.

The Cardiff Games introduced the Queen's Baton Relay, which has been conducted as a prelude to every British Empire and Commonwealth Games ever since.

Venues

The Commonwealth Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies, were held at the Cardiff Arms Park in the centre Cardiff. A new Wales Empire Pool was constructed for the event. The Sophia Gardens Pavilion was used for the boxing and wrestling events, and Maindy Stadium was used for cycling. 178,000 tickets were eventually sold during the Games.

Participating teams

36 countries and territories were represented (and 1,100 athletes), being the largest number to date, with a significant number of teams competing for the first time at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

At Cardiff Arms Park, an anti-apartheid crowd protested at the all-white South African team; games organisers responded that non-white South Africans were ineligible as their associations were not affiliated to the international federations. South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961 and next appeared at the Games in 1994.

(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).

Medals by country

  Host nation (Wales)

Boxing

Boxing Events were at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Track

The track cycling events were held at the Maindy Stadium in Cardiff.

Rowing

The rowing events were held on Llyn Padarn in Llanberis.

Swimming

Swimming events were held at the Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff.

Diving

Diving events were held at the Wales Empire Pool in Cardiff.

References

1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Wikipedia


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