The Brisbane Games are still hailed as one of the
very best. Everything went so well from the moment
Matilda, a 13-metre mechanical kangaroo, helped out
with the opening ceremonies. Once again, a boycott
was avoided and the sun shone throughout the
duration of the XII Games.
Forty-six nations participated in the Brisbane Games
with a new record total of 1,583 athletes and 571
officials. As hosts, Australia headed the medal
table leading the way ahead of England, Canada,
Scotland and New Zealand respectively.
The men's 200m gold was shared by England's Mike
McFarland and Scotland's Allan Wells, with judges
unable to separate the pair at the winning post.
Nine sports featured at the Brisbane Games -
athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls,
shooting, swimming and diving, weightlifting and