Athletics at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

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Athletics at the XIX Commonwealth Games
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium1.jpg
Host city Delhi, IndiaIndia
Date(s) 6–12, 14 October 2010
Main stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Participation 845 athletes from
61 nations
Events 46 (+6 disabled)
Records set -


The athletics competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games was held in New Delhi, India between 6 and 14 October. The track and field events took place between 6–12 October at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium while the marathon contests were held on a street course running through the city on 14 October.[1]

A total of 46 athletics events were contested, which made it the sport with the second greatest number of medals on offer after the aquatics competition. The programme was almost identical to that of the 2006 edition, with the sole exception being the men's 50 km race walk, which was dropped. As in 2006, three men's and three women's disability athletics events were contested alongside the open competition.[2]

Each of the Commonwealth Games Associations could send a maximum of three participants per event and a team of six for relay events.[3] Kenya topped the medal table, with eleven gold medals and 29 medals in total. This was the first time that the nation achieved the feat, beating the typically dominant nations Australia (eleven golds, but 20 overall) and England (seven golds, 26 medals).[4] Canada and Jamaica rounded out the top five while hosts India enjoyed their greatest ever haul at the Games, taking home two golds and eleven medals altogether.

Four failed doping tests have so far been announced: Nigerian Oludamola Osayomi was stripped of the women's 100 m title, and her compatriot Samuel Okon, a 110 m hurdler, was also disqualified. Both athletes tested positive for methylhexanamine. Rani Yadav, India's representative in the women's 20 km walk, was the third athlete to fail a test as 19-Norandrosterone was detected in her sample.[5] Osayomi's 100 m stripped gold initially went to Sally Pearson of Australia but a delay in the appeals process saw Pearson disqualified for a false start some time after the race.[6] Folashade Abugan of Nigeria tested positive for Testosterone prohormone following the final of the women's 400 metres. She was disqualified from the 400 metres and the Nigerian team, of which she was a member, were disqualified from the women's 4 x 400 metres relay where they had originally placed second.[7]

Preparation[edit]

A test event for the competition was scheduled in late July: the Asian All-Star Athletics Meet featured a number of prominent Asian athletes and demonstrated the stadium's readiness for games usage.[8][9]

Many of the most prominent athletes from the Commonwealth were absent from the competition. Caster Semenya, Commonwealth champion Christine Ohuruogu, and Olympic medallist Lisa Dobriskey were among the athletes missing due to injury, but others including Usain Bolt, David Rudisha and Shelly-Ann Fraser opted to miss the competition out of choice – all ten of the year's fastest Commonwealth men's 100 m runners (including defending champion Asafa Powell) were not present.[10] Further to this, two reigning world champions (English jumper Phillips Idowu and Australian thrower Dani Samuels) declared themselves out of the running on grounds of the security and accommodation conditions in Delhi. The competition's late scheduling within the track and field season was a primary factor in many athlete withdrawals.[11]

In spite of this, a number of Olympic champions and other prominent names were selected to compete, including Australian Olympic/World champion Steve Hooker and New Zealand's Olympic/World Champion Valerie Adams, top Kenyan runners Nancy Langat, Vivian Cheruiyot and Ezekiel Kemboi, Bahamian high jumper Donald Thomas, and South Africa's Commonwealth champions L.J. van Zyl and Sunette Viljoen.[10] Former world record holder Steve Cram emphasised the Games' role in developing younger athletes: "That's what it was for me, at 17 years old I went to the Commonwealth Games because Coe and Ovett didn't go. Nobody at the time was telling me it was bad that Coe and Ovett weren't there."[11]

The stadium's track and field was damaged during the opening ceremony and major works – including the re-laying of the tarmac on the track and grass on the infield – took place in the 24 hours leading up to the first day of athletics events at the stadium.[12] Three training venues were allocated for the athletics events: the Commonwealth Games Village 2010, Thyagaraj Sports Complex and the Delhi University sports complex.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, men's 5000 metres and 10000 metres champion
Dylan Armstrong, men's shot put champion
Andy Turner won the men's 110 m hurdles
Dai Greene won the men's 400 metre hurdles
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Lerone Clarke (JAM) 10.12  Mark Lewis-Francis (ENG) 10.20  Aaron Armstrong (TRI) 10.24
200 metres
details
 Leon Baptiste (ENG) 20.45  Lansford Spence (JAM) 20.49  Christian Malcolm (WAL) 20.52
400 metres
details
 Mark Mutai (KEN) 45.44  Sean Wroe (AUS) 45.46  Ramon Miller (BAH) 45.55
800 metres
details
 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang (KEN) 1:46.60  Richard Kiplagat (KEN) 1:46.95  Abraham Kiplagat (KEN) 1:47.37
1500 metres
details
 Silas Kiplagat (KEN) 3:41:78  James Magut (KEN) 3:42:27  Nick Willis (NZL) 3:42:38
5000 metres
details
 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) 13:31.25  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 13:31.32  Mark Kiptoo (KEN) 13:32.58
10,000 metres
details
 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (UGA) 27:57.39  Daniel Lemashon Salel (KEN) 27:57.57  Joseph Kiptoo Birech (KEN) 27:58.58
110 metres hurdles
details
 Andy Turner (ENG) 13.38  William Sharman (ENG) 13.50  Lawrence Clarke (ENG) 13.70
400 metres hurdles
details
 Dai Greene (WAL) 48.52  L. J. van Zyl (RSA) 48.63  Rhys Williams (WAL) 49.19
3000 metres steeplechase
details
 Richard Mateelong (KEN) 8:16.39  Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 8:18.47  Brimin Kipruto (KEN) 8:19.65
4×100 metres relay
details
 England (ENG)
Ryan Scott
Leon Baptiste
Marlon Devonish
Mark Lewis-Francis
38.74  Jamaica (JAM)
Lerone Clarke
Lansford Spence
Rasheed Dwyer
Remaldo Rose
Steve Slowly*
38.79  India (IND)
Rahamatulla Molla
Suresh Sathya
Shameer Naseema Manzile
Md Abdul Najeeb Qureshi
38.89
4×400 metres relay
details
 Australia (AUS)
Joel Milburn
Kevin Moore
Brendan Cole
Sean Wroe
Ben Offereins*
3:03.30  Kenya (KEN)
Vincent Koskei
Vincent Kiilo
Anderson Mutegi
Mark Mutai
3:03.84  England (ENG)
Conrad Williams
Nick Leavey
Richard Yates
Robert Tobin
David Hughes*
Graham Hedman*
3:03.97
Marathon
details
 John Kelai (KEN) 2:14:35  Michael Shelley (AUS) 2:15:28  Amos Tirop Matui (KEN) 2:15:58
20 kilometres walk
details
 Jared Tallent (AUS) 1:22:18  Luke Adams (AUS) 1:22:41  Harminder Singh (IND) 1:23:27
High jump
details
 Donald Thomas (BAH) 2.32 m  Trevor Barry (BAH) 2.29 m  Kabelo Kgosiemang (BOT) 2.26 m
Pole vault
details
 Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.60 m  Steven Lewis (ENG) 5.60 m  Max Eaves (ENG) 5.40 m
Long jump
details
 Fabrice Lapierre (AUS) 8.30 m  Greg Rutherford (ENG) 8.22 m  Ignisious Gaisah (GHA) 8.12 m
Triple jump
details
 Tosin Oke (NGR) 17.16 m  Hugo Mamba (CMR) 17.14 m  Renjith Maheswary (IND) 17.07 m
Shot put
details
 Dylan Armstrong (CAN) 21.02 m GR  Dorian Scott (JAM) 20.19 m  Dale Stevenson (AUS) 19.99 m
Discus throw
details
 Benn Harradine (AUS) 65.45 m  Vikas Gowda (IND) 63.69 m  Carl Myerscough (ENG) 60.64 m
Hammer throw
details
 Chris Harmse (RSA) 73.12 m  Alex Smith (ENG) 72.95 m  Mike Floyd (ENG) 69.34 m
Javelin throw
details
 Jarrod Bannister (AUS) 81.71 m  Stuart Farquhar (NZL) 78.15 m  Kashinath Naik (IND) 74.29 m
Decathlon
details
 Jamie Adjetey-Nelson (CAN) 8070  Brent Newdick (NZL) 7899  Martin Brockman (ENG) 7712

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Men's para-sport[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres (T46)
details
 Simon Patmore (AUS) 11.14  Samkelo Radebe (RSA) 11.25  Ayuba Abdullahi (NGR) 11.37
1500 metres (T54)
details
 Kurt Fearnley (AUS) 3:19.86  Richard Colman (AUS) 3:20.90  Josh Cassidy (CAN) 3:21.14
Shot put (F32/34/52)
details
 Kyle Pettey (CAN) 1021
(11.44 m)
 Dan West (ENG) 969
(10.78 m)
 Hamish MacDonald (AUS) 889
(9.92 m)

Women[edit]

Grace Momanyi of Kenya won the women's 10000 metres
Donald Thomas was the victor in the men's highjump
Steve Hooker of Australia won the men's pole vault
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Natasha Mayers (SVG) 11.37  Katherine Endacott (ENG) 11.44  Delphine Atangana (CMR) 11.48
200 metres
details
 Cydonie Mothersille (CAY) 22.89  Abiodun Oyepitan (ENG) 23.26  Adrienne Power (CAN) 23.52
400 metres
details
 Amantle Montsho (BOT) 50.10 GR  Aliann Pompey (GUY) 51.65  Christine Amertil (BAH) 51.96
800 metres
details
 Nancy Langat (KEN) 2:00.01  Nikki Hamblin (NZL) 2:00.05  Diane Cummins (CAN) 2:00.13
1500 metres
details
 Nancy Langat (KEN) 4:05.26 GR  Nikki Hamblin (NZL) 4:05.97  Stephanie Twell (SCO) 4:06.15
5000 metres
details
 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 15:55.12  Sylvia Kibet (KEN) 15:55.61  Ines Chenonge (KEN) 16:02.47
10,000 metres
details
 Grace Momanyi (KEN) 32:34.11  Doris Changeywo (KEN) 32:36.97  Kavita Raut (IND) 33:05.28
100 metres hurdles
details
 Sally Pearson (AUS) 12.67  Angela Whyte (CAN) 12.98  Andrea Miller (NZL) 13.25
400 metres hurdles
details
 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu (NGR) 55.28  Eilidh Child (SCO) 55.62  Nickiesha Wilson (JAM) 56.06
3000 metres steeplechase
details
 Milcah Chemos Cheywa (KEN) 9:40.96  Mercy Wanjiru Njoroge (KEN) 9:41.54  Gladys Jerotich Kipkemoi (KEN) 9:52.51
4×100 metres relay
details
 England (ENG)
Katherine Endacott
Montell Douglas
Laura Turner
Abiodun Oyepitan
44.19  Ghana (GHA)
Rosina Amenebede
Elizabeth Amolofo
Beatrice Gyaman
Janet Amponsah
45.24  India (IND)
Geetha Saati
Srabani Nanda
P. K. Priya
Jyothi Hiriyur Manjunath
45.25
4×400 metres relay
details
 India (IND)
Manjeet Kaur
Sini Jose
Ashwini Akkunji
Mandeep Kaur
Jauna Murmu*
Chitra Soman*
3:27.77  England (ENG)
Kelly Massey
Vicki Barr
Meghan Beesley
Nadine Okyere
Joice Maduaka*
3:29.51  Canada (CAN)
Amonn Nelson
Adrienne Power
Vicki Tolton
Carline Muir
Ruky Abdulai*,
3:30.20
Marathon
details
 Irene Jerotich (KEN) 2:34:32  Irene Mogake (KEN) 2:34:43  Lisa Weightman (AUS) 2:35:25
20 kilometres walk
details
 Johanna Jackson (ENG) 1:34:22  Claire Tallent (AUS) 1:36:55  Grace Njue (KEN) 1:37:49
High jump
details
 Nicole Forrester (CAN) 1.91 m  Sheree Francis (JAM) 1.88 m  Levern Spencer (LCA) 1.88 m
Pole vault
details
 Alana Boyd (AUS) 4.40 m  Marianna Zachariadi (CYP) 4.40 m  Kate Dennison (ENG)
 Carly Dockendorf (CAN)
 Kelsie Hendry (CAN)
4.25 m
Long jump
details
 Alice Falaiye (CAN) 6.50 m  Prajusha Maliakkal (IND) 6.47 m  Tabia Charles (CAN) 6.44 m
Triple jump
details
 Trecia-Kaye Smith (JAM) 14.19 m  Ayanna Alexander (TRI) 13.91 m  Tabia Charles (CAN) 13.84 m
Shot put
details
 Valerie Adams (NZL) 20.47 m GR  Cleopatra Brown (TRI) 19.03 m  Margaret Satupai (SAM) 16.43 m
Discus throw
details
 Krishna Poonia (IND) 61.51 m  Harwant Kaur (IND) 60.16 m  Seema Antil (IND) 58.46 m
Hammer throw
details
 Sultana Frizell (CAN) 68.57 m GR  Carys Parry (WAL) 64.93 m  Zoe Derham (ENG) 64.04 m
Javelin throw
details
 Sunette Viljoen (RSA) 62.34 m GR  Kim Mickle (AUS) 60.90 m  Justine Robbeson (RSA) 60.03 m
Heptathlon
details
 Louise Hazel (ENG) 6156  Jessica Zelinka (CAN) 6100  Grace Clements (ENG) 5819

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Women's para-sport[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres (T37)
details
 Katrina Hart (ENG) 14.36  Jenny McLoughlin (WAL) 14.68  Johanna Benson (NAM) 14.81
1500 metres (T54)
details
 Diane Roy (CAN) 3:53.95  Chineme Obeta (NGR) 4:09.29  Anita Fordjour (GHA) 4:18.83
Shot put (F32–34/52/53)
details
 Louise Ellery (AUS) 1110 (6.17 m)  Jess Hamill (NZL) 979 (7.17 m)  Gemma Prescott (ENG) 952 (5.54 m)

Games statistics[edit]

At the competition Amantle Montsho (Botswana) and Cydonie Mothersill (Cayman Islands) all won the first ever Commonwealth gold medals for their respective countries. Natasha Mayers (St. Vincent and Grenadines), won the first gold medal ever by a female for her country. The number of medal sweeps in the athletics (6) was at an all-time high for the competition: Kenya took all top three spaces in four events, England beat all in the men's hurdles while hosts India completed a 1–2–3 in the women's discus.[13]

Medals table[edit]

Key
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Kenya 11 10 8 29
2 Australia 11 6 3 20
3 England 7 9 10 26
4 Canada 7 2 8 17
5 Jamaica 2 4 1 7
6 India 2 3 7 12
7 Nigeria 2 3 1 6
8 South Africa 2 2 1 5
9 Uganda 2 0 0 2
10 New Zealand 1 5 2 8
11 Wales 1 2 2 5
12 Bahamas 1 1 1 3
13 Botswana 1 0 1 2
14 Cayman Islands 1 0 0 1
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1
16 Trinidad and Tobago 0 2 1 3
17 Ghana 0 1 2 3
18 Scotland 0 1 1 2
Cameroon 0 1 1 2
20 Cyprus 0 1 0 1
21 Guyana 0 0 1 1
Namibia 0 0 1 1
Saint Lucia 0 0 1 1
Samoa 0 0 1 1
Total 50 50 52 152

Participating nations[edit]

61 Nations competed leaving 11 that did not.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ CWG - Para-sport. 2010 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
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  5. ^ Bull, Andy (2010-10-13). Commonwealth Games 2010: Indian athlete tests positive for drugs. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2010-10-15.
  6. ^ 'Communication blunder' sees Pearson stripped of gold. BBC Sport (2010-08-04). Retrieved on 2010-10-09.
  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/9095226.stm
  8. ^ Tough fight awaits in July 29-30 Asian All-Star Meet. Times of India (2010-07-21). Retrieved on 2010-07-21.
  9. ^ Locals provide the highlights as Asian All-Star meeting tests Commonwealth Games track. IAAF (2010-07-31). Retrieved on 2010-10-04.
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