1990 Commonwealth Games

XIV Commonwealth Games
Host city Auckland, New Zealand
Motto This is the Moment
Nations participating 55
Athletes participating 2,074
Events 213 events in 10 sports
Opening ceremony 24 January
Closing ceremony 3 February
Officially opened by Prince Edward
Officially closed by Elizabeth II
Queen's Baton Final Runner Mark Todd and Peter Snell
Main venue Mount Smart Stadium
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The 1990 Commonwealth Games were held in Auckland, New Zealand from 24 January 3 February 1990. It was the 14th Commonwealth Games, and part of New Zealand's 1990 sesquicentennial celebrations. Participants competed in ten sports: athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, judo, lawn bowls, shooting and weightlifting. The Triathlon was a demonstration event.

The main venue was the Mount Smart Stadium.

Host selection

The Games were awarded to Auckland on 27 July 1984 at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Perth, Australia, had withdrawn from the bid contest leaving New Delhi, India, as the sole opponent to Auckland's bid.

1990 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Round 1
Auckland 20
New Delhi 19

Opening ceremony

The opening of the games comprised a variety of events, including the arrival of The Queen's representative The Prince Edward (her youngest son), the arrival of the Queen's Baton and many Māori ceremonial stories.

The opening ceremony itself started off with the Auckland Commonwealth Games Choir singing the Song of Welcome. Upon the arrival of The Prince Edward, the Māori in attendance, gave him a Challenge of a welcome. This is conducted by a Māori placing a wooden batton on the ground. To see if the visitor comes in peace or not, the visitor must pick it up.

The New Zealand national anthem "God Defend New Zealand" was sung during a ceremonial fourteen gun salute from nearby One Tree Hill. This was followed by the New Zealand Army Guard Commander allowing The Prince Edward to inspect the guard of honour. After which was the introduction of the participating countries of the Commonwealth, Scotland entering first as the hosts of the previous games, and New Zealand entering last as hosts. During the introduction of the countries, the choir at attendance would display the flag of the announced country with boards.

When all the athletes finally sat down, the main Māori ceremonies began. First of the Māori ceremonies was all the Māori women performing a "Song of Welcome" for the athletes with the use of Poi. The Māori women then gave some of the athletes a Hongi. Next was the Māori story of how New Zealand was formed, performed by many New Zealanders and organised by Logan Brewer. It involved a narration of how the Polynesians found their way to what was to become New Zealand. In the middle of the performance, a re-enactment was performed of how New Zealand was formed between Rangi and Papa (the sky father and earth mother). The story then moved on to the coming of religion and European migration. This was demonstrated with a formation of the Union Jack, to show the colonisation by the British. Dame Whina Cooper then made a speech about the Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840 that brought about peace and stability of modern New Zealand.

Introduction of the European communities was next with music and native dancing from European countries such as Italy, Poland, Greece, Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Wales and England, and music and native dancing also from Asian countries such as China, Sri Lanka and India. From here, many of the neighbouring Pacific Islanders made their entrance with the rhythmic tempo of the Pacific Island drum beat. This was to show the then complete migration of people to New Zealand.

New Zealand performer Howard Morrison then lead New Zealand in singing the folk song Tukua-a-hau. After Howard Morrison, the Queen's Baton arrived at the stadium where The Prince Edward announced the opening of the games which was followed by the Athletes Pledge.

Fireworks followed and was capped off with a night time flyover by nine A-4 Skyhawk jets of the Royal New Zealand Air Forces 75 Squadron. The ceremony was concluded by the singing of the game's motto "This is the moment" as performers and athletes exited the stadium.

Closing ceremony

A more relaxed affair was held for the 14th Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, reflecting that of Christchurch in 1974. Attended by HM The Queen of New Zealand, formality and respect played their due part in the beginning with formal salute and the acceptance of the Commonwealth Games flag to the next host city, Victoria, Canada. This was followed by a First Nations and modern Canadian dancing display.

Then the fun began with thousands of children entering the stadium with a mass jumprope demonstration, followed by the athletes themselves. The Queen then made the traditional closing speech and called for all the Commonwealth's athletes to assemble in four years time in Victoria. As the evening wore on, opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sang "Now is the Hour", a favorite New Zealand hymn, as the Royal New Zealand Air Force's A4 Skyhawks made one final swooping flyover of Mount Smart Stadium followed by fireworks. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Edward then exited the stadium standing in open top vehicles.


The mascot of the games was Goldie, representing New Zealand's national symbol the kiwi bird.

Participating teams

55 teams were represented at the 1990 Games.
(Teams competing for the first time are shown in bold).

Participating Commonwealth countries and territories
Debuting Commonwealth countries and territories

Medals by country

This is the full table of the medal count of the 1990 Commonwealth Games. These rankings sort by the number of gold medals earned by a country. The number of silvers is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically. This follows the system used by the IOC, IAAF and BBC.

Figures from Commonwealth Games Foundation website.[1]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Australia525458164
2 England464042128
3 Canada364238116
4 New Zealand17142758
5 India1381132
6 Wales1031225
7 Kenya69318
8 Nigeria513725
9 Scotland571022
10 Malaysia2204
11 Jamaica2024
13 Northern Ireland1359
14 Nauru1203
15 Hong Kong1135
16 Cyprus1102
17 Bangladesh1012
19 Bermuda1001
 Papua New Guinea1001
22 Zimbabwe0213
23 Ghana0202
24 Tanzania0123
25 Zambia0033
26 Bahamas0022
 Western Samoa0022
28 Guyana0011

Medals by event

  • At these games, the Triathlon was a demonstration event; won by Erin Baker (women) and Rick Wells (men), both from New Zealand.






Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight Justin Juuko (UGA) Abdurahaman Ramadhani (KEN) Domenic Figliomeni (CAN)
 Dharmendar Yadav (IND)
Flyweight Wayne McCullough (NIR) Nokuthula Tshabangu (ZIM) Born Siwakwi (ZAM)
 Maurice Maina (KEN)
Bantamweight Mohammed Sabo (NGR) Geronimo Bie (CAN) Justin Chikwanda (ZAM)
 Wesley Christmas (GUY)
Featherweight John Irwin (ENG) Haji Ally (TAN) David Gakuha (KEN)
 James Nicolson (AUS)
Lightweight Godfrey Nyakana (UGA) Justin Rowsell (AUS) B. Mambeya (TAN)
 David Anderson (SCO)
Light Welterweight Charlie Kane (SCO) Nicodemus Odore (KEN) Stefan Scriggins (AUS)
 Duke Chinyadza (ZIM)
Welterweight David Defiagbon (NGR) Greg Johnson (CAN) Anthony Mwaba (ZAM)
 Grahame Cheney (AUS)
Light Middleweight Richie Woodhall (ENG) Ray Downey (CAN) Sililo Figota (SAM)
 Andy Creary (NZL)
Middleweight Chris Johnson (CAN) Ashiao Joseph Laryea (GHA) Charles Matata (UGA)
 Mark Edwards (ENG)
Light Heavyweight Joseph Akhasamba (KEN) Dale Brown (CAN) Nigel Anderson (NZL)
 Abdu Kaddu (UGA)
Heavyweight George Onyango (KEN) Pat Jordan (CAN) Kevin Onwuka (NGR)
 Emerio Fainuulua (SAM)
Super Heavyweight Michael Kenny (NZL) Liadi Alhassan (GHA) Vernon Linklater (CAN)
 Paul Douglas (NIR)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial Martin Vinnicombe (AUS)00:01:06 Gary Anderson (NZL)00:01:07 Jon Andrews (NZL)00:01:07
Sprint Gary Neiwand (AUS) Curt Harnett (CAN) Jon Andrews (NZL)
Individual Pursuit Gary Anderson (NZL)00:04:45 Mark Kingsland (AUS)00:04:53 Darren Winter (AUS)00:04:52
Team Pursuit New Zealand
Gary Anderson
Nigel Donnelly
Glenn McLeay
Stu Williams
00:04:23 Australia
Brett Aitken
Steve McGlede
Shaun O'Brien
Darren Winter
00:04:26 England
Chris Boardman
Simon Lillistone
Bryan Steel
Glen Sword
10 Miles Scratch Gary Anderson (NZL)00:19:44 Shaun O'Brien (AUS)00:19:44 Steve McGlede (AUS)00:19:44
Points Race Robert Burns (AUS)81 Craig Connell (NZL)72 Alistair Irvine (NIR)39
Sprint Louise Jones (WAL) Julie Speight (AUS) Sue Golder (NZL)
Individual Pursuit Madonna Harris (NZL)00:03:55 Kathy Watt (AUS)00:03:55 Kelly-Ann Way (CAN)00:04:00


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race Graeme Miller (NZL)04:34:00 Brian Fowler (NZL)04:34:00 Scott Goguen (CAN)04:34:05
Team Time Trial New Zealand
Brian Fowler
Gavin Stevens
Graeme Miller
Ian Richards
02:06:47 Canada
Christopher Koberstein
David Spears
Peter Verhesen
Sean Way
02:09:20 England
Chris Boardman
Peter Longbottom
Ben Luckwell
Wayne Randle
Road Race Kathryn Watt (AUS)01:55:11.60 Lisa Brambani (ENG)1:55:11.88 Kathleen Shannon (AUS)1:55:12.06



Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Curtis Hibbert (CAN)57.95 Alan Nolet (CAN)57.8 James May (ENG)57.4
Team Canada
Alan Nolet
Claude Latendrese
Curtis Hibbert
Lorne Bobkin
171.8 England
David Cox
James May
Neil Thomas
Terence Bartlett
170.45 Australia
Brennon Dowrick
Kenneth Meredith
Peter Hogan
Tim Lees
Horizontal Bar Curtis Hibbert (CAN)
 Alan Nolet (CAN)
9.85 Brennon Dowrick (AUS)9.8
Parallel Bars Curtis Hibbert (CAN)9.8 Ken Meredith (AUS)9.675 Peter Hogan (AUS)9.6
Vault James May (ENG)9.625 Curtis Hibbert (CAN)9.575 Tim Lees (AUS)9.25
Pommel Horse Brennon Dowrick (AUS)9.825 Tim Lees (AUS)9.725 James May (ENG)9.7
Rings Curtis Hibbert (CAN)9.775 James May (ENG)9.75 Ken Meredith (AUS)9.725
Floor Neil Thomas (ENG)9.75 Alan Nolet (CAN)9.675 Curtis Hibbert (CAN)9.6
All-Around Lori Strong (CAN)38.912 Monique Allen (AUS)38.687 Kylie Shadbolt (AUS)38.499
Team Canada
Janet Morin
Larissa Lowing
Lori Strong
Stella Umeh
116.784 Australia
Kylie Shadbolt
Lisa Read
Michelle Telfer
Monique Allen
115.272 England
Lisa Elliott
Lisa Grayson
Lorna Mainwaring
Louise Redding
Asymmetric Bars Monique Allen (AUS)9.875 Lori Strong (CAN)9.85 Michelle Telfer (AUS)9.737
Beam Lori Strong (CAN)9.85 Larissa Lowing (CAN)9.762 Kylie Shadbolt (AUS)9.7
Vault Nikki Jenkins (NZL)9.712 Lori Strong (CAN)9.643 Monique Allen (AUS)9.506
Floor Lori Strong (CAN)9.887 Larissa Lowing (CAN)9.762 Kylie Shadbolt (AUS)9.675


Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Mary Fuzesi (CAN)37.65 Madonna Gimotea (CAN)37.25 Angela Walker (NZL)36.9
Ball Madonna Gimotea (CAN)9.45 Mary Fuzesi (CAN)9.4 Angela Walker (NZL)9.25
Hoop Mary Fuzesi (CAN)9.4 Madonna Gimotea (CAN)9.2 Raewyn Jack (NZL)
 Alitia Sands (ENG)
 Viva Seifert (ENG)
Ribbon Mary Fuzesi (CAN)9.4 Madonna Gimotea (CAN)9.3 Raewyn Jack (NZL)
 Viva Seifert (ENG)
 Angela Walker (NZL)
Rope Angela Walker (NZL)9.3 Madonna Gimotea (CAN)9.275 Mary Fuzesi (CAN)9.25


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra Lightweight Carl Finney (ENG) Kevin West (CAN) James Charles (WAL)
 Narender Singh (IND)
Half Lightweight Brent Cooper (NZL) Mark Preston (SCO) Mark Adshead (ENG)
 Jean-Pierre Cantin (CAN)
Lightweight Roy Stone (ENG) Majemite Omagbaluwaje (NGR) William Cusack (SCO)
 Colin Savage (NIR)
Half Middleweight David Southby (ENG) Graeme Spinks (NZL) Gavin Kelly (AUS)
Middleweight Densign White (ENG) Winston Sweatman (SCO) Chris Bacon (AUS)
 Rajinder Dhanger (IND)
Half Heavyweight Ray Stevens (ENG) Dean Lampkin (AUS) Graham Campbell (SCO)
 James Kendrick (CAN)
Heavyweight Elvis Gordon (ENG) Tom Greenway (CAN) Wayne Watson (NZL)
Open Elvis Gordon (ENG) Mario Laroche (CAN) Graham Campbell (SCO)
 Majemite Omagbaluwaje (NGR)
Extra Lightweight Karen Briggs (ENG) Helen Duston (WAL) Julie Reardon (AUS)
 Donna Robertson (SCO)
Half Lightweight Sharon Rendle (ENG) Claire Shiach (SCO) Catherine Grainger (AUS)
 Lisa Griffiths (WAL)
Lightweight Loretta Cusack (SCO) Suzanne Williams (AUS) Ann Hughes (ENG)
 Moira Sutton (WAL)
Half Middleweight Diane Bell (ENG) Donna Guy-Halkyard (NZL) Mandy Clayton (CAN)
 Laurie Pace (MLT)
Middleweight Sharon Mills (ENG) Karen Hayde (CAN) Narelle Hill (AUS)
 Joyce Malley (NIR)
Half Heavyweight Jane Morris (ENG) Alison Webb (CAN) Phillipa Knowles (WAL)
 Christy Obekpa (NGR)
Heavyweight Sharon Lee (ENG) Geraldine Dekker (AUS) Ruth Vondy (IOM)
 Linda Konkol (CAN)
Open Sharon Lee (ENG) Jane Patterson (CAN) Geraldine Dekker (AUS)
 Nicola Morris (NZL)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Free Pistol Phil Adams (AUS)554 Bengt Sandstrom (AUS)549 Gilbert U (HKG)549
Free Pistol - Pairs Australia
Phil Adams
Bengt Sandström
1106 New Zealand
Brian Read
Greg Yelavich
1084 Bangladesh
Ateequr Rahman
Abdus Sattar
Centre-Fire Pistol Ashok Pandit (IND)583 Surinder Marwah (IND)577 Bruce Quick (AUS)576
Centre-Fire Pistol - Pairs Australia
Phil Adams
Bruce Quick
1155 New Zealand
Barry O'Neale
Greg Yelavich
1144 India
Ashok Pandit
Surinder Marwah
Rapid-Fire Pistol Adrian Breton (GGY)583 Pat Murray (AUS)582 Michael Jay (WAL)579
Rapid-Fire Pistol - Pairs Australia
Bruce Favell
Pat Murray
1153 Canada
Stanley Wills
Mark Howkins
1138 England
Brian Girling
John Rolfe
Air Pistol Bengt Sandström (AUS)580 Phil Adams (AUS)574 David Lowe (ENG)574
Air Pistol - Pairs Bangladesh
Ateequr Rahman
Abdus Sattar
1138 Australia
Phil Adams
Bengt Sandström
1138 New Zealand
Julian Lawton
Greg Yelavich


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Small Bore Rifle, Prone Roger Harvey (NZL)591 Stephen Petterson (NZL)590 Philip Scanlan (ENG)590
Small Bore Rifle, Prone - Pairs New Zealand
Stephen Petterson
Roger Harvey
1185 Canada
Barry Sutherland
Michael Ashcroft
1184 England
Bob Jarvis
Philip Scanlan
Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions Mart Klepp (CAN)1157 Malcolm Cooper (ENG)1154 Soma Dutta (IND)1143
Small Bore Rifle, Three Positions - Pairs Canada
Jean-François Sénécal
Mart Klepp
2272 England
Malcolm Cooper
Robert Smith
2268 Scotland
William Murray
Robert Law
Full Bore Rifle Colin Mallett (JER)394 Andrew Tucker (ENG)390 James Corbett (AUS)390
Full Bore Rifle - Pairs England
Simon Belither
Andrew Tucker
580 Australia
James Corbett
Barry Wood
565 Jersey
Clifford Mallett
Colin Mallett
Air Rifle Guy Lorion (CAN)583 Chris Hector (ENG)578 Mart Klepp (CAN)577
Air Rifle - Pairs Canada
Guy Lorion
Mart Klepp
1163 England
Chris Hector
Robert Smith
1155 India
Soma Dutta
Bhagirath Samai
Running Target Colin Robertson (AUS)539 John Maddison (ENG)539 Tony Clarke (NZL)535
Running Target - Pairs New Zealand
Paul Carmine
Tony Clarke
1091 Canada
David Lee
Mark Bedlington
1070 England
David Chapman
John Maddison[2]


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Trap John Maxwell (AUS)184 Kevin Gill (ENG)183 Ian Peel (ENG)179
Trap - Pairs England
Kevin Gill
Ian Peel
181 Wales
Colin Evans
James Birkett-Evans
178 Australia
Russell Mark
John Maxwell
Skeet Ken Harman (ENG)187 Georgios Sakellis (CYP)187 Andy Austin (ENG)184
Skeet - Pairs Scotland
Ian Marsden
James Dunlop
189 England
Andy Austin
Ken Harman
185 New Zealand
Tim Dodds
John Woolley


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight - Snatch Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND)105 Velu Govindraj (IND)95 Greg Hayman (AUS)90
Flyweight - Clean and Jerk Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND)127.5 Greg Hayman (AUS)117.5 Velu Govindraj (IND)117.5
Flyweight - Overall Chandersekaran Raghavan (IND)232.5 Velu Govindraj (IND)212.5 Greg Hayman (AUS)207.5
Bantamweight - Snatch Rangaswamy Punnuswamy (IND)110 Alan Ogilvie (SCO)107.5 Denis Aumais (CAN)102.5
Bantamweight - Clean and Jerk Rangaswamy Punnuswamy (IND)137.5 Gopal Maruthachelam (IND)125 Alan Ogilvie (SCO)122.5
Bantamweight - Overall Rangaswamy Punnuswamy (IND)247.5 Alan Ogilvie (SCO)230 Gopal Maruthachelam (IND)227.5
Featherweight - Snatch Marcus Stephen (NRU)112.5 Parvesh Chander Sharma (IND)112.5 Kumarasan Sudalaimani (IND)110
Featherweight - Clean and Jerk Parvesh Chander Sharma (IND)145 Marcus Stephen (NRU)142.5 Kumarasan Sudalaimani (IND)142.5
Featherweight - Overall Parvesh Chander Sharma (IND)257.5 Marcus Stephen (NRU)255 Kumarasan Sudalaimani (IND)252.5
Lightweight - Snatch Paramjit Sharma (IND)130 Lawrence Iquaibom (NGR)130 Mark Blair (AUS)127.5
Lightweight - Clean and Jerk Paramjit Sharma (IND)165 Lawrence Iquaibom (NGR)160 Mark Roach (WAL)155
Lightweight - Overall Paramjit Sharma (IND)295 Lawrence Iquaibom (NGR)290 Mark Roach (WAL)280
Middleweight - Snatch Karnadhar Mondal (IND)135 Karl Jones (WAL)135 Ron Laycock (AUS)132.5
Middleweight - Clean and Jerk Ron Laycock (AUS)177.5 Karnadhar Mondal (IND)170 Damian Brown (AUS)167.5
Middleweight - Overall Ron Laycock (AUS)310 Karnadhar Mondal (IND)305 Benoît Gagné (CAN)292.5
Light Heavyweight - Snatch David Morgan (WAL)155 Muyiwa Odusanya (NGR)152.5 Sylvain Leblanc (CAN)145
Light Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk David Morgan (WAL)192.5 Soronomathu Ramaswamy (IND)182.5 Muyiwa Odusanya (NGR)180
Light Heavyweight - Overall David Morgan (WAL)347.5 Muyiwa Odusanya (NGR)332.5 Andy Callard (ENG)317.5
Middle Heavyweight - Snatch Duncan Dawkins (ENG)162.5 Keith Boxell (ENG)152.5 Harvey Goodman (AUS)150
Middle Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk Duncan Dawkins (ENG)195 Keith Boxell (ENG)192.5 Harvey Goodman (AUS)190
Middle Heavyweight - Overall Duncan Dawkins (ENG)357.5 Keith Boxell (ENG)345 Harvey Goodman (AUS)340
Sub Heavyweight - Snatch Andrew Saxton (ENG)165 Peter May (ENG)145 Guy Greavette (CAN)140
Sub Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk Andrew Saxton (ENG)197.5 Peter May (ENG)175 Guy Greavette (CAN)175
Sub Heavyweight - Overall Andrew Saxton (ENG)362.5 Peter May (ENG)320 Guy Greavette (CAN)315
Heavyweight - Snatch Mark Thomas (ENG)160 Jason Roberts (AUS)152.5 Steve Wilson (WAL)152.5
Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk Mark Thomas (ENG)197.5 Jason Roberts (AUS)192.5 Aled Arnold (WAL)187.5
Heavyweight - Overall Mark Thomas (ENG)357.5 Jason Roberts (AUS)345 Aled Arnold (WAL)335
Super Heavyweight - Snatch Andrew Davies (WAL)180 Aduche Ojadi (NGR)177.5 Steven Kettner (AUS)172.5
Super Heavyweight - Clean and Jerk Andrew Davies (WAL)222.5 Aduche Ojadi (NGR)222.5 Steven Kettner (AUS)205
Super Heavyweight - Overall Andrew Davies (WAL)402.5 Aduche Ojadi (NGR)400 Steven Kettner (AUS)377.5


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  1. Past Commonwealth Games Archived 15 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Commonwealth Games Federation
  2. No bronze medal awarded as not enough pairs took part - The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games (Graham Groom -2017)
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