The Vancouver 1954 Commonwealth Games were the first to be televised, bringing the Games to new audiences and into a new era.
Scotland’s Joe McGhee, the gold medallist in the Marathon, was one of only six men to finish the race, as runners struggled in the extremely hot conditions. He collapsed three times before crossing the line in first place.
No Medals: Team Scotland won 13 medals – 6 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze.
No Medallists: 14 team members won a total of 13 medals across four sports. There were seven gold medallists including double gold medallist Helen Orr (Elenor) Gordon.
Top Male: Peter Heatly was Scotland’s top male athlete in Vancouver with a gold and a bronze in the Diving events. He was defending his 10m Platform title, eventually having to settle for bronze, but put in a superb series of dives to take gold in the 3m Springboard event and go one better than the silver he had won four years previously.
Top Female: Swimmer Elenor Gordon was Scotland’s top athlete of the Games with two gold medals. She defended the 220yds Breaststroke title she had won in Vancouver in a new Commonwealth Games record and took a second gold, also in a new Games record, alongside Margaret McDowell and Margaret Girvan in the 3x110yds Medley Relay.
Top Sport: Aquatics was Scotland’s top sport with 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Repeat Medallists: Three athletes were repeat medallists, all in Aquatics – Elenor Gordon, Peter Heatly and Margaret Girvan