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Edinburgh 1970

The IX Games from 16-25 July, 1970, in Edinburgh will be remembered for a number of firsts.

it was the first time that metric distances and electronic photo-finish technology were employed at the Games and also the first time that HM Queen Elizabeth II attended in her capacity as Head of the Commonwealth.

Scots will further remember the Games for the Stewart brothers Ian (gold) and Peter (4th) in the 5000 metres and Lachie Stewart (no relation) who took gold in the 10,000 metres.

A total of nearly 1,750 athletes and officials were sent to the first Edinburgh Games by 42 nations. New medal winning nations included Tanzania, Malawi and St Vincent.

The Games featured 10 sports:athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, fencing, lawn bowls, shooting, swimming and diving, weightlifting and wrestling.

The Isle of Man participated in four of these and entered a team of 12 competitors.

Athletics - 20 mile Road Walk: Allan Callow, J. W. Cannell and I. Hodgkinson
Aquatics - A. E. Jackson (100m and 200m Freestyle)
Badminton - P. E. Clague and T. P. Kniveton (Team Captain)
Cycling - N. J. H. Dean (Road Race, 4000m Pursuit, 10 miles), B. F. Roche (Road Race), E. Potter (Road Race, 10 miles) and M. R. Kelly (10 miles, 4000m Pursuit and Flag Bearer)
Athletics Manager - H. D. LaceĀ 
Athletics Team Official - B. Whitehead
Aquatics Manager - N. Jackson
Badminton Official - Mr Jones
Cycling Manager - Ron E. Killey
General Team Manager - J. Curwen Clague
Assistant Team Manager - Ron E. Killey
Team Commandant - Rev F. M. Cubbon