The 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games (as the Commonwealth Games were known at the time) were held between 30 July – 7 August 1954.
- The fifth Games were now renamed to include Commonwealth in the title for the first time.
- New Zealander Yvette Williams became a Games legend when she won gold in the discus, shot put and long jump at the 1954 Vancouver games.
- The ‘Miracle Mile’, as it became dubbed, saw both the gold medalist, Roger Bannister of England, and silver medalist, John Landy of Australia, run sub-four minute races in an event that was televised live across the globe for the first time.
- English runner Jim Peters, the holder of the world best for the marathon at the time, entered the stadium 17 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, but collapsed on his final lap and never completed the race.
- Some 24 nations sent a total of 662 athletes and 127 officials to the Vancouver Games. Nations winning medals at the Games included England, Australia, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, Trinidad, Northern Ireland, North and South Rhodesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Wales, Jamaica, Hong Kong, Uganda, Barbados and British Guiana.
- A total of nine sports were in the Games.
- The following list includes the first four ranked teams. The ranking list for all years is available here.
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