Joseph Laughlin (Lachie) Stewart

Biography of Joseph Laughlin (Lachie) Stewart

Mr Joseph Laughlin (Lachie) Stewart was awarded the honorary degree of DUniv on 18 June 2014 in recognition of his sporting achievements.

Stewart won 10,000m gold 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

In Edinburgh Stewart was also a finalist in the 5,000m. At the 1966 Games in Kingston, Jamaica, he competed in the 3 Miles and 3,000m steeplechase, while in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1974, he contested the 10,000m and marathon. At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games he competed in the 10,000m.

Between 1966 and 1973, Stewart won numerous Scottish titles on the track from 3 Miles to 10 Miles and 3,000m steeplechase to 10,000m, and on the country. He was also UK champion at 3 Miles in 1968.

Stewart held Scottish records at 3,000m, 3,000m steeplechase, and in 1969–70 lowered the 10,000m record by almost 40 seconds. His personal best achieved in the 1970 Commonwealth Games 10,000m final stood as the Scottish record for over five years.

His memorable 1970 10,000m win over world record holder, Ron Clarke of Australia, and huge personal best in that race led to Stewart being inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Stewart has continued to be involved in athletics as a coach, to his son, Glen. He followed in his father’s competing for Scotland in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.


Joseph Laughlin (Lachie) Stewart
University Link: Honorary Graduate
GU Degree: Duniv, 2014;
Occupation categories: athlete; athletics coach
Record last updated: 17th Jun 2014

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