1977 Pacific Conference Games
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1977 Pacific Conference Games
III Pacific Conference Games
The host stadium in 2005 after being converted
Dates3 and 4 December
Host cityCanberra, Australia
VenueBruce Stadium

The 1977 Pacific Conference Games was the third edition of the international athletics competition between five Pacific coast nations: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. It was held on 3 and 4 December in Canberra, Australia.[1] A total of 20 men's and 14 women's athletics events were contested. Two new women's events were added to the programme of the previous edition: the 400 metres hurdles and the 4×400 metres relay. The relay event had gained Olympic status in 1972, but the inclusion of the women's hurdles event was ahead of its time as it was not held at the Olympics until seven years later.[2]

It marked the first major international athletics event to be held in the country since the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. The venue, Bruce Stadium, was purpose-built for the competition and represented a new, modern stadium for the sport in Australia.[3] The stadium later went on to host the 1985 IAAF World Cup.[4] The area's sporting reputation grew with the opening of the Australian Institute of Sport nearby in 1981.[5]

Medal summary


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres  Paul Narracott (AUS) 10.52  Bill Collins (USA) 10.69  Fred Lehmann (AUS) 10.77
200 metres  Bill Collins (USA) 20.83  Paul Narracott (AUS) 21.06  Toshio Toyota (JPN) 21.28
400 metres  Bevan Smith (NZL) 46.27  Jim O'Sullivan (AUS) 46.35  Mike Willis (AUS) 46.93
800 metres  Chum Darvall (AUS) 1:47.88  John Higham (AUS) 1:48.54  Takashi Ishii (JPN) 1:48.93
1500 metres  Takashi Ishii (JPN) 3:45.08  Graham Crouch (AUS) 3:45.17  Geoff Shaw (NZL) 3:45.94
5000 metres  David Fitzsimons (AUS) 13:45.15  Geoff Shaw (NZL) 13:50.66  Dave Hill (CAN) 13:55.22
10,000 metres  Rob de Castella (AUS) 29:23.66  Greg Fredericks (USA) 29:28.93  Peter Butler (CAN) 30:20.02
110 m hurdles  Warren Parr (AUS) 14.21  Charles Foster (USA) 14.21  Don Wright (AUS) 14.25
400 m hurdles  Garry Brown (AUS) 51.89  Sam Turner (USA) 53.08  Takashi Nagao (JPN) 53.30
3000 metres steeplechase  Ron Addison (USA) 8:38.16  Masanari Shintaku (JPN) 8:44.44  Bob Hendy (AUS) 8:55.46
4 × 100 m relay  United States (USA) 38.85  Japan (JPN) 39.54  Australia (AUS)
Fred Lehmann
Paul Narracott
Jim O'Sullivan
Don Wright
4 × 400 m relay  United States (USA) 3:07.26  Japan (JPN) 3:08.01  Australia (AUS)
Chum Darvall
Paul Narracott
Jim O'Sullivan
Mike Willis
High jump  Kazunori Koshikawa (JPN) 2.17 m  Ron Livers (USA) 2.13 m  Moriichi Takako (JPN) 2.10 m
Pole vault  Bruce Simpson (CAN) 5.25 m  Ray Boyd (AUS) 5.05 m  Yasuhiro Kigawa (JPN) 5.00 m
Long jump  Chris Commons (AUS) 8.08w m  Kashira Machida (JPN) 7.64 m w  Glenn Stewart (AUS) 7.59 m
Triple jump  Ron Livers (USA) 16.63 m  Yasushi Ueta (JPN) 16.35 m  Milan Tiff (USA) 16.32 m
Shot put  Colin Anderson (USA) 19.62 m  Bruno Pauletto (CAN) 18.43 m  Yuzo Koyama (JPN) 15.44 m
Discus throw  Dan Gardner (USA) 57.54 m  Kiyotaka Kawasaki (JPN) 57.44 m  Wayne Martin (AUS) 51.66 m
Hammer throw  Peter Farmer (AUS) 67.62 m  Yoji Kitano (JPN) 62.82 m  Murray Cheater (NZL) 61.06 m
Javelin throw  Phil Olsen (CAN) 80.98 m  Mike O'Rourke (NZL) 74.32 m  John Corazza (CAN) 73.54 m


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres  Denise Robertson (AUS) 11.67  Debbie Wells (AUS) 11.79  Wendy Brown (NZL) 11.91
200 metres  Denise Robertson (AUS) 22.87  Debbie Wells (AUS) 23.64  Kim Robertson (NZL) 23.68
400 metres  Verna Burnard (AUS) 52.63  Sharon Dabney (USA) 53.03  Marian Fisher (AUS) 53.19
800 metres  Francie Larrieu (USA) 2:06.30  Michelle Green (NZL) 2:06.68  Alison Wrench (AUS) 2:07.22
1500 metres  Francie Larrieu (USA) 4:18.32  Debbie Pearson (CAN) 4:19.09  Debbie Campbell (CAN)
 Jan Healy (NZL)
100 m hurdles  Deby LaPlante (USA) 14.03  Cheryl Boswell (AUS) 14.35  Emi Akimoto (JPN) 14.44
400 m hurdles  Marian Fisher (AUS) 57.28  Francine Gendron (CAN) 58.40  Carmen Campton (AUS) 58.53
4 × 100 m relay  Australia (AUS)
Denise Robertson
Lyn Jacenko
Marian Fisher
Debbie Wells
44.26  New Zealand (NZL) 44.95  Canada (CAN) 45.99
4 × 400 m relay  Australia (AUS)
Denise Robertson
Verna Burnard
Carmen Campton
Marian Fisher
3:34.24  Canada (CAN) 3:37.94  New Zealand (NZL) 3:42.54
High jump  Debbie Brill (CAN) 1.88 m  Tamami Yagi (JPN) 1.82 m  Chris Annison (AUS) 1.80 m
Long jump  Lyn Jacenko (AUS) 6.59w m  Erica Hooker (AUS) 6.38 m  Noeline Hodgins (NZL) 6.18 m
Shot put  Gael Mulhall (AUS) 16.15 m  Kayoko Hayashi (JPN) 16.00 m  Lucette Moreau (CAN) 15.40 m
Discus throw  Jane Haist (CAN) 55.64 m  Gael Mulhall (AUS) 54.40 m  Lynne Winbigler (USA) 52.58 m
Javelin throw  Pam Matthews (AUS) 56.88 m  Karen Smith (USA) 54.50 m  Keiko Myogai (JPN) 49.90 m


  1. ^ Third Pacific Conference Games, Canberra, 3-4 December 1977. National Library of Australia. Retrieved on 2015-01-15.
  2. ^ Pacific Conference Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-01-14.
  3. ^ 3rd Pacific Conference Games. The Sydney Morning Herald (1977-07-29). Retrieved on 2015-01-15.
  4. ^ History. Stadium Canberra. Retrieved on 2015-01-15.
  5. ^ Canberra Stadium. Australia History. Retrieved on 2015-01-15.

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