Sun, 15 May 2016
1982 Brisbane Commonwealth GamesOverview
The Brisbane Commonwealth Games was held from the 30th of September to the 9th of October in 1982.
45 countries participated in the Brisbane Games, and there was a total of 1583 athletes and 571 officials.
The official mascot of the Games was Matilda, the winking kangaroo, and Brisbane's population was around 1.7 million people at the time of the games.
During the Opening Ceremony, the Australian flag was carried by Richard Mitchell. He later won two silver medals in the Athletics.Preparing For The Games
The city council spent $19 million dollars and raised another $37 million dollars for upgrading of event venues.
A total of $100 million dollars was spent on the city.
Medals from the 1982 Commonwealth Games
Australia's Medal Tally Breakdown
Julius Korir from Kenya, entered the 3,000 metres as an unknown. The experts gave him no chance of a medal, however the Nandi tribesman won the Gold medal with a time of 8 minutes 26.64 seconds.
The menís 400 metres was always going to be a thriller. Australiaís Richard Mitchell and Bert Cameron of Jamaica were equal favourites. They did not disappoint with Cameron just winning the event, posting a time of 45.89.
The menís 200 metre sprint was a tie. Wells and Mike McFarlane of England each posted a time of 20.43 seconds. It took officials twenty-five minutes before calling it a tie. Both athletes were awarded a Gold medal.