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The Principality of Wales (Cymru) is bordered by England to the east and the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean to the west and south west.

Wales made their Commonwealth Games debut in Hamilton in 1930 and are one of only six nations to have taken part in every Games since that time.

Having made their debut in the inaugural Games with 3 medals it was the 1938 gathering in Sydney that brought its first gold, athletics and boxing providing the honours. The capital city of Cardiff hosted the Games in 1958 and the home gold medal hero was Howard Winstone who won the men's bantamweight division in the boxing ring.

At the 2006 Games in Melbourne Team Wales, captained by one of the world's leading paralympians, Dame Tani Grey-Thompson, enjoyed a haul of 19 medals.

Since Wales cannot compete at the Olympic Games as a separate nation, the Commonwealth Games provides the Principality with its only opportunity to compete in a major international multi-sport event. The Principality's participation in the Games is organised by the Commonwealth Games Council of Wales.

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Capital - Cardiff
Population - 3,006,400
Time Zone - GMT
Language - English, Welsh
Currency - British Pound

2 PHOTOS

  • Raelene Boyle Runs to Gold - Women's 400m - Brisbane 1982

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  • Kirsty McDermott of Wales Leads - Women's 800m - Brisbane 1982

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129 VIDEOS

  • Daily Summary - Men's Pairs Lawn Bowls - Christchurch 1974

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  • Daily Summary - Men's Singles Lawn Bowls - Christchurch 1974

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  • Daily Summary - Men's Fours Lawn Bowls - Christchurch 1978

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  • Gaskell Wins Gold - Women's 100m Breaststroke - Christchurch 1974

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  • Tremendous Swim for Canada - Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay - Christchurch 1974

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  • Victory for Canada - Women's 1500m - Christchurch 1974

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  • Heats 1 & 2 - Women's 400m Semi Finals - Christchurch 1974

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  • Highlights Montage - Men's Weightlifting - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

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  • Clean & Jerk - Men's 82.5kg - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:06:16

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  • Victory Ceremony - Men's 82.5kg Combined - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Snatch - Men's 82.5kg Combined - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Triumph for Wales - Men's 60kg Combined - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Jason Plummer Snatches Gold for Australia - Men's 1500m Freestyle - 1986

    Duration: 00:22:23

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  • Jason Plummer Shatters Record - Men's 1500m Freestyle - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Alex Bauman For Canada - Men's 400m Individual Medley - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:00:24

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  • Gold for Canada - Men's 4x100m Medley Relay - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Victory Ceremony - Men's Clay Pigeon Trap - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Ian Peel Wins For England - Clay Pigeon Trap - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Alan Smith Champion for Australia - Mixed 50m Rifle Prone - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Mixed Pair 50m Rifle Prone - Edinburgh 1986

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  • England Take Gold - Men's Lightweight Coxless Four - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Steve Redgrave Triumphs for England - Men's Single Scull - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Freeze Frame Finish - Women's 100m Final - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

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  • Magnificant Victory for England - Men's Four Rowing - Edinburgh 1986

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  • England Win Gold - Men's Coxless Pair - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:03:11

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  • End 21 - Men's Fours Lawn Bowls - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:12:09

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  • End 20 - Men's Lawn Bowls Fours - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:09:35

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  • End 19 - Men's Fours Lawn Bowls - Edinburgh 1986

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  • End 18 - Men's Fours Lawn Bowls - Edinburgh 1986

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  • End 17 - Men's Fours Lawn Bowls - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

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  • Victory Ceremony - Men's 10m Platfrom - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:06:53

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  • Round 9 - Men's 10m Platform - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:13:25

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  • Round 8 - Men's 10m Platform - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:13:07

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  • Round 7 - Men's 10m Platform - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:13:23

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  • Round 6 - Men's 10m Platform - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:14:34

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  • Competitor Introduction - Men's 10m Platform - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:01:08

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  • Incredible Winning Dive for Craig Rogerson of Australia - Men's 10m Platform Diving - 1986

    Duration: 00:13:38

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  • Diving Highlights - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:01:25

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  • Highlights - Men's Team Time Trial Road Race - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:16:10

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  • England Are Champions Yet Again - Men's Team Time Trial - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Knockout in 21 seconds - Men's 51kg Boxing - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:01:07

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  • Elizabeth Lynch Wins for Scotland - Women's 10000m - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:08:44

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  • Victory Ceremony - Women's 1500m - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:00:51

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  • Kirsty Wade Does the Double - Women's 1500m Final - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:04:17

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  • Lap of Honour - Women's 800m - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:00:40

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  • Kirsty Wade Retains Title - Women's 800m Final - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:00:36

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  • Another Gold for Debra Flintoff - Women's 400m Hurdles - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:08:06

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  • Gold for Canada - Women's 200m - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Video Technology in the Commonwealth Games - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Steeplechase Disqualification - Men's 3000m Steeplechase - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Canada Take Gold - Men's 3000m Steeplechase - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Victory Ceremony - Men's 10000m - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

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  • Marvelous Running by Three Medal Winners - Men's 10000m - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:05:33

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  • Victory for England - Men's 1500m Final - Edinburgh 1986

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  • Steve Cram Wins Gold for England - Men's 1500m - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:04:25

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  • Heat 2 - Men's 800m Semi Final - Edinburgh, Scotland 1986

    Duration: 00:02:31

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  • Outstanding Gold for Steve Cram of England - Men's 800m - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:03:47

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  • Men's 110m Hurdles Semi Finals - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:00:56

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  • Heat 2 - Men's 110m Hurdles Semi Final - Edinburgh 1986

    Duration: 00:00:35

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  • Medal Ceremony - Men's 67.5kg Combined - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:02:38

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  • David Morgan Leads for Wales - Men's 67.5kg Combined - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:05:21

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  • Steven Barry wins Gold for Wales - Men's 30km Walk - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:02:36

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  • Victory for Canada - Women's 100m Breaststroke Final - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:04:22

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  • Alex Bauman wins Gold for Canada - Men's 400m Individual Medley - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:04:12

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  • Robert De Castella goes the Distance for Australia - Men's Marathon - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:04:44

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  • Convincing Gold for Chris Snode - Men's 3m Springboard - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:10:40

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  • Round 10 - Men's 3m Springboard - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:10:43

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  • Round 9 - Men's 3m Springboard - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:10:53

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  • British Performances - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:04:38

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  • Shooting Summary - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:01:33

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  • Shooting Summary - Mixed 50m Rifle Prone (Pair) - Brisbane 1982

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  • Round 8 - Men’s 3m Springboard – Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:09:49

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  • Triumph for Australia - Men's 10 Mile Scratch - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:05:15

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  • Round 3 – Men’s 71kg Quarter Final – Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:04:30

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  • Round 2 – Men’s 71kg Quarter Final – Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:03:57

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  • Round 1 – Men’s 71kg Quarter Final – Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:04:42

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  • Round 6 - Women's Discus Final - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:07:18

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  • New Zealand takes Gold - Women’s 3000m – Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:04:32

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  • Anne Audain Leads All The Way - Women's 3000m Final - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:08:39

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  • Heat 2 - Women's 800m Semi Final - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:04:11

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  • Gold for Wales - Women's 800m - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:04:03

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  • Exceptional win for Australia - Women's 400m Final - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:08:08

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  • Magnificent Finish - Women's 4x400m Relay - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:05:25

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  • England Run to Victory - Men's 5000m - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:05:55

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  • Julius Korir for Kenya - Men's 3000m Steeplechase - Brisbane, Australia 16982

    Duration: 00:02:38

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  • Heat 2 - Men's 800m Semi Final - Brisbane, Australia 1982

    Duration: 00:05:43

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  • Marcus McKoy wins Gold for Canada - Men's 110m Hurdles - Brisbane 1982

    Duration: 00:00:45

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  • Superb Performance by Pat Beavan - Women's 200m Breaststroke - 1974

    Duration: 00:06:33

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  • World Class Time for Canada - Women's 4x100m Freestyle Final - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:05:54

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  • British Success in Swimming - Christchurch, New Zealand 1974

    Duration: 00:01:45

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  • Scotland’s Great David Wilke – Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:05:27

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  • Australia smash the opposition - Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:04:52

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  • Men's 4x100m Medley Relay - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:05:34

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  • Men's 4x100m Medley Relay - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:05:34

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  • Canada shoots for Gold - Men's Clay Pigeon Trap - Christchurch, 1974

    Duration: 00:01:43

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  • Men's Tandem - Qualifying Round - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:01:13

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  • Men's Road Race - Christchurch, New Zealand 1974

    Duration: 00:06:36

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  • Round 3 – Men’s 67kg Final – Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:04:04

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  • Men's 71kg Quarter Final - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:07:43

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  • Tayler Triumphs for New Zealand - Men's 10000m Final - Christchurch

    Duration: 00:20:13

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  • Fall analysis - 3000m Steeplechase - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:01:56

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  • Final Lap - Men's 3000m Steeplechase - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:01:10

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  • Shock fall in Men's 3000m Steeplechase - 1974

    Duration: 00:09:57

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  • Triumph for Richard Taylor - Men's 10000m - Christchurch, New Zealand 1974

    Duration: 00:05:26

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  • Richard Taylor wins Gold for New Zealand - Men's 10000m - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:03:34

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  • Gold for Jipcho - Men's 5000m - Christchurch, New Zealand 1974

    Duration: 00:00:43

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  • Jipcho Prevails - Men's 5000m Final - Christchurch, New zealand 1974

    Duration: 00:00:36

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  • Triumph for Kenya - Men's 800m Final - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:03:31

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  • Jipcho for Kenya - Men's 5000m Final - Christchurch, New Zealand 1974

    Duration: 00:00:44

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  • Gold for England - Men's 400m Hurdles - Christchurch, New Zealand 1974

    Duration: 00:01:08

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  • Clear win for Pascoe - Men's 400m Hurdles - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:03:03

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  • Heat 1 - Men's 110m Hurdles - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:01:38

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  • Fatwell Kimaiyo wins Gold for Kenya - Men's 110m Hurdles - Christchurch 1970

    Duration: 00:03:23

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  • Kenya win Gold - Men's 4x400m Relay - Christchurch 1974

    Duration: 00:05:32

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  • Highlights of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games - Kingston, Jamaica 1966.

    Duration: 00:04:37

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  • A decisive win for Canada - Men's 110yd Butterfly - Kingston, Jamaica 1966

    Duration: 00:02:43

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  • Women's 4x110yd Relay - Kingston, Jamaica 1966

    Duration: 00:04:06

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  • Women's 440yd Final - Kingston, Jamaica 1966

    Duration: 00:02:29

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  • Winning Jump for Wales - Men's Long Jump - 1966

    Duration: 00:02:45

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  • Splendid running in the Men's 4x110 yard Relay Final - Kingston 1966

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  • Gold for Wales - Men's 110yd Backstroke - Vancouver 1954

    Duration: 00:04:12

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  • A fine Welsh Triumph - Men's 110yd Backstroke - Vancouver 1954

    Duration: 00:00:18

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  • Donald Jowett in Close Contest - Men's 220yd Final - Vancouver 1954

    Duration: 00:00:32

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  • Chataway takes Gold - Men's 3 Miles - Vancouver, Canada 1954

    Duration: 00:00:39

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  • Chataway Sprints to Victory - Men's 3 Miles - Vancouver, Canada 1954

    Duration: 00:00:42

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  • Chataway Number One - Men's 3 Mile - Vancouver, Canada 1954

    Duration: 00:07:07

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  • Gold to England - Women's 440 yard Individual Medley - Perth, 1962

    Duration: 00:00:16

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  • Record Run for Snell - Men's 880yd Final - Perth 1962

    Duration: 00:02:38

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  • Peter Snell for New Zealand - Men's 1 Mile - Perth, Australia 1962

    Duration: 00:00:13

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Wales
  

Commonwealth Games Council for Wales

 

 

Welsh Institute of Sport
Sophia Gardens
Cardiff
CF11 9SW
Tel: +(44) 02920 334930

Chairman Helen Phillips
Director Chris Jenkins

Twitter: @teamwales

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