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1990 Commonwealth Games

Opening Ceremony ... 24 Jan 1990 Host City ... Auckland, New Zealand Closing Ceremony ... 3 Feb 1990
Participants ... 1,949 athletes, 54 Commonwealth Nations

The 14th Commonwealth Games 1990 became a part of New Zealand's 1990 sesquicentennial celebrations. The opening and closing ceremonies took place at Ericsson Stadium.

The 1,500 metre swimming freestyle race was one of the highlights of the Games. Australian Glen Housman set a fast pace from the beginning as he tried to beat the world record of 14:54.6 set in 1984 by Victor Salnikov. That record was thought to be un-breakable. Housman came within a half second of the record and won gold. Right behind him was 16 year old Aussie Kieren Perkins who took silver. That made only 3 people to break the 15 minute barrier: Salnikov, Housman, and Perkins. It would be Perkins who would go on to win gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, just the first of many.

Another memorable moment came at the awarding of the medals for flyweight boxing. The gold medal winner was Wayne McCullough of Northern Ireland. As customary, the winning athletes stood on the victory podium and the official started the tape of McCullough's home anthem. Unfortunately it wouldn't play no matter what the official Bob Gibson tried. Quick thinking Gibson took the microphone and began singing an emotionally charged rendition of the song "Danny Boy". The crowd joined in and created a most memorable moment for Wayne.

The athletes competed in 206 events in ten sports: athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, judo, lawn bowls, shooting and weightlifting.

1990 mascot Goldie

The 1990 Games logo used a shooting star motif and was sometimes called the "Hungry Enzyme". This year's mascot was the redesigned Kiwi Bird "Goldie". The popular Goldie had been the mascot for New Zealand teams at earlier Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

1990 Commonwealth Games

Top 29 Countries By Total Medals

Host country listed in bold, Australia in green.

Country Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals Total
16 Zimbabwe 0 2 1 3
17 Tanzania 0 1 2 3
18 Zambia 0 0 3 3
19 Cyprus 1 1 0 2
20 Bangladesh 1 0 1 2
21 Jersey 1 0 1 2
22 Ghana 0 2 0 2
23 Bahamas 0 0 2 2
24 Western Samoa 0 0 2 2
25 Bermuda 1 0 0 1
26 Guernsey 1 0 0 1
27 Papua New Guinea 1 0 0 1
28 Guyana 0 0 1 1
29 Malta 0 0 1 1
 
Country Gold Medals Silver Medals Bronze Medals Total
1 Australia 52 54 56 162
2 England 47 40 42 129
3 Canada 35 41 37 113
4 New Zealand 17 14 27 58
5 India 13 8 11 32
6 Wales 10 3 12 25
7 Nigeria 5 13 7 25
8 Scotland 5 7 10 22
9 Kenya 6 9 3 18
10 Northern Ireland 1 3 5 9
11 Hong Kong 1 1 3 5
12 Malaysia 2 2 0 4
13 Jamaica 2 0 2 4
14 Uganda 2 0 2 4
15 Nauru 1 2 0 3

Participating Teams

Countries attending the games were: Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Cyprus, England, Falkland Islands, The Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St Kitts, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Vanuatu, Wales, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

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