Alan Lerwill - Great Britain - 1974 Commonwealth Games Long Jump Champion.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 30 May 1970

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Alan LERWILL - Great Britain - 1974 Commonwealth Games Long Jump Champion.


Alan is pictured above competing for Middlesex at the Inter Counties Championship. Later that year Lerwill won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. It could have been better, however, as his jump of 7.94m was the same as Phil May but it was the Australian who took the silver by virtue of his second longest jump being further than Alan's.


Four years later, in Christchurch, Lerwill enjoyed his greatest moment when winning gold by just 2cm from Australia's Chris Commons. Ironically enough Alan's jump was once again 7.94m!   Lerwill was a talented all round jumper and finished in 10th place in the Triple Jump at the 1970 & '74 Commonwealths. More remarkable, though, was the fact that he set a UK High Jump record of 2.10m in 1973!


Alan retired from Athletics having just missed out on selection for the 1976 Olympics.

Men's Long Jump Final. Commonwealth Games 1970
1. Lynn DAVIES   WAL   8.06
2. Phil MAY   AUS   7.94
3. Alan LERWILL   ENG   7.94
4. Mike AHEY   GHA   7.78
5. Dave NORRIS   NZL   7.64
6. Dave WALKER   SCO   7.51
Men's Long Jump Final. Olympic Games 1972
1. Randy WILLIAMS   USA   8.24
2. Hans BAUMGARTNER   GER   8.18
3. Arnie ROBINSON   USA   8.03
4. Joshua OWUSU   GHA   8.01
5. Preston CARRINGTON   USA   7.99
6. Max KLAUSS   GDR   7.96
7. Alan LERWILL   GBR   7.91
8. Leonid BARKOVSKY   SOV   7.75m
Men's Long Jump Final. Commonwealth Games 1974
1. Alan LERWILL   ENG   7.94
2. Chris COMMONS   AUS   7.92
3. Joshua OWUSO   GHA   7.75
4. Kingsley ADAMS   GHA   7.68
5. Bruce FIELD   AUS   7.63
6. John OKORO   NGR   7.58
7. Fidelis NDYABAGYE   UGA   7.50
8. Murray TOLBERT   AUS   7.42