Athletics at the Commonwealth Games

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Athletics is one of several sports contested at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games competition. It has been a Commonwealth Games sport since the inaugural edition of the event's precursor, the 1930 British Empire Games. It is a core sport and must be included in the sporting programme of each edition of the Games.

Events[edit]

Men's events[edit]

No new events have been added to the men's athletics programme since the 1998 addition of the 20 km and 50 km racewalks. The roster of events has not changed since then, with the exception of the omission of the 50 km racewalk from 2010 and the 20 km racewalk in 2014. A total of 35 different events have been held in the men's competition, 23 of which were contested at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Many of the discontinued events were similar to modern events but at different lengths as they were contested over distances measured in Imperial units. Events with distances measured in metric units were first contested in 1970.

Event 30 34 38 50 54 58 62 66 70 74 78 82 86 90 94 98 02 06 10 14 Games
Current program
100 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
800 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
1500 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
5000 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
10,000 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
Marathon X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
110 metres hurdles X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 metres hurdles X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
3000 metres steeplechase X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
4 × 100 metres relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 400 metres relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
High Jump X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Pole Vault X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Long Jump X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Triple Jump X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Shot Put X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Discus Throw X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Hammer Throw X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Javelin Throw X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Decathlon X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
Past events
100 yards X X X X X X X X 8
220 yards X X X X X X X X 8
440 yards X X X X X X X X 8
880 yards X X X X X X X X 8
1 miles X X X X X X X X 8
3 miles X X X X X X X X 8
6 miles X X X X X X X X 8
120 yards hurdles X X X X X X X X 8
440 yards hurdles X X X X X X X X 8
20km walk X X X X 4
20 miles walk X X X 3
30km walk X X X X X 5
50km walk X X X 3
4 x 440 yards relay X X X X X X X X 8

Women's events[edit]

A total of 34 different events have been held in the women's competition, 23 of which were contested at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The women's program has been identical to the men's program since the 2006 Commonwealth Games (with the exception of the discontinued men's 50 km walk) when the women's 3000m Steelechase was added to the program. The 20 km racewalk was omitted from the program in 2014.

Event 30 34 38 50 54 58 62 66 70 74 78 82 86 90 94 98 02 06 10 14 Games
Current program
100 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
800 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
1500 metres X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
5000 metres X X X X X 5
10,000 metres X X X X X X X X 8
Marathon X X X X X X X 7
100 metres hurdles X X X X X X X X X X X 11
400 metres hurdles X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
3000 metres steeplechase X X X 3
4 × 100 metres relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 400 metres relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
High Jump X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Pole Vault X X X X X 5
Long Jump X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Triple Jump X X X X X 5
Shot Put X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 16
Discus Throw X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 16
Hammer Throw X X X X X 5
Javelin Throw X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
Heptathlon X X X X X X X X X 9
Past events
100 yards X X X X X X X X 8
220 yards X X X X X X X X 8
440 yards X 1
880 yards X X X 3
1-mile X X X X X X X X 8
3000 metres X X X X X 5
10km walk X X X 3
20km walk X X X 3
4 x 110 yards relay X X X X 4
4 x 440 yards relay X X X X X X X X 8

Elite Athletes with a Disability events[edit]

From the 2002 Commonwealth Games a number of events have been included in the program to include elite athletes with disabilities. The inclusion of events in this category has been inconsistent over the three Games where they have been included.

Event 02 06 10 14 Games
Men's 100m T12 X X 2
Men's 100m T46 X 1
Men's 200m T46 X 1
Men's 1500m T54 X 1
Men's Shot Put F32-34/52 X 1
Men's Discus – Seated X 1
Women's 100m T37 X X 2
Women's 800m T54 X X 2
Women's 1500m T54 X 1
Women's Shot Put – Seated X 1
Women's Shot Put F32-34/52 X 1

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  England 184 182 167 533
2  Australia 175 148 124 447
3  Canada 75 90 121 286
4  Kenya 58 45 41 144
5  Jamaica 40 29 28 97
6  South Africa 36 31 27 94
7  New Zealand 32 42 49 125
8  Scotland 17 19 30 66
9  Nigeria 16 23 19 58
10  Wales 14 16 17 47
11  Bahamas 9 10 9 28
12  Northern Ireland 7 10 1 18
13  Ghana 5 8 10 23
14  Tanzania 5 4 6 15
15  Trinidad and Tobago 4 10 8 22
16  Uganda 4 5 4 13
17  India 3 8 11 22
18  Pakistan 2 3 6 11
19  Guyana 2 3 1 6
20  Namibia 2 1 4 7
21  Zimbabwe 1 4 8 13
22  Mozambique 2 2 1 5
23  Botswana 1 2 1 4
 Cyprus 1 2 1 4
 Fiji 1 2 1 4
26  Bermuda 1 1 2 4
27  Malaysia 1 1 1 3
 Sri Lanka 1 1 1 3
29  Barbados 1 0 3 4
30  Cayman Islands 1 0 1 2
 Zambia 1 0 1 2
32  Lesotho 1 0 0 1
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 0 0 1
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1
35  Cameroon 0 3 2 5
36  Mauritius 0 1 1 2
37  Grenada 0 1 0 1
38  Saint Lucia 0 0 2 2
39  Samoa 0 0 1 1
 Seychelles 0 0 1 1
 Swaziland 0 0 1 1
 Gambia 0 0 1 1
Total 707 706 713 2126

See also[edit]

List of Commonwealth Games records in athletics

External links[edit]