African Championships in Athletics

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African Championships in Athletics
Sport Athletics
Founded 1979
No. of teams 54
Continent Africa (CAA)
Most recent
champion(s)
Last winners lists

The African Championships in Athletics is a continental athletics event organized by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), the continental association for the sport in Africa. Since its inaugural edition in 1979 it was at first organised intermittently with nine editions held in fourteen years until 1993. Following the tenth edition in 1996 it has been organised biennially on even years, and is always held in the same year as the Summer Olympics. The latest 20th edition was held in Durban, South Africa in June 2016.

The event featured a men's marathon from 1979 to 1990. Following it being dropped from the programme an African Marathon Championships was briefly contested.[1] The event programme has roughly matched that of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, with the exception of the 50 kilometres race walk.[2]

The following list shows changes to the event programme:

  • 1982, women's heptathlon and men's 20 km walk were added to replace women's pentathlon and men's 10 km walk.
  • 1985, women's 10,000 m was added.
  • 1988, women's 5 km walk was added. Discontinued since 1998.
  • 1992, women's triple jump was added. Men's marathon, held from 1979 to 1990 (with the exception of 1984) was permanently dropped.
  • 1996, women's 5000 metres was added.
  • 1998, women's hammer throw was added. Women's 3000 metres was permanently removed from the programme, while men's 3000 metres event was held for the first and only time.
  • 2000, women's pole vault was added. Women's 10 km walk was also added before being held again in 2002 and discontinued.
  • 2004, women's 3000 m steeplechase and 20 km walk were added.

Championships[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue Events Nations Athletes Top of the
medal table
1st 1979 Dakar  Senegal 2–5 August Stade Demba Diop 39 24 251  Nigeria
2nd 1982 Cairo  Egypt 25–28 August Cairo International Stadium 39 18 297  Kenya
3rd 1984 Rabat  Morocco 12–15 July Stade Moulay Abdellah 39 28 298  Kenya
4th 1985 Cairo  Egypt 15–18 August Cairo International Stadium 40 24 324  Nigeria
5th 1988 Annaba  Algeria 29 August – 2 September Stade 19 Mai 1956 41 30 341  Nigeria
6th 1989 Lagos  Nigeria 4–8 August Lagos National Stadium 41 27 308  Nigeria
7th 1990 Cairo  Egypt 3–6 October Cairo International Stadium 41 23 218  Nigeria
8th 1992 Belle Vue Maurel  Mauritius 25–28 June Stade Anjalay 41 24 336  South Africa
9th 1993 Durban  South Africa 23–27 June Kings Park Stadium 41 32 294  South Africa
10th 1996 Yaoundé  Cameroon 13–16 June Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium 40 33 307  Nigeria
11th 1998 Dakar  Senegal 18–22 August Stade Leopold Senghor 42 39 395  Nigeria
12th 2000 Algiers  Algeria 10–14 July Stade 5 Juillet 1962 43 43 411  Algeria
13th 2002 Radès  Tunisia 6–10 August Rades Olympic Stadium 43 42 417  South Africa
14th 2004 Brazzaville Republic of the Congo Congo 14–18 July Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat 44 42 431  South Africa
15th 2006 Bambous  Mauritius 9–13 August Stade Germain Comarmond 44 41 456  South Africa
16th 2008 Addis Ababa  Ethiopia 30 April – 4 May Addis Ababa Stadium 44 42 543  South Africa
17th 2010 Nairobi  Kenya 28 July – 1 August Nyayo Stadium 44 46 588  Kenya
18th 2012 Porto-Novo  Benin 27 June – 1 July Stade Charles de Gaulle 44 51 800  Nigeria
19th 2014 Marrakech[3]  Morocco 10–14 August Stade de Marrakech 44 47 548  South Africa
20th 2016 Durban[4]  South Africa 22–26 June Kings Park Stadium 44  South Africa
21st 2018 Lagos[5]  Nigeria
22nd 2020  Algeria

Statistics[edit]

Wins by country[edit]

Overall points winners
Country Winners Second Third Total
 Nigeria 8 5 3 16
 South Africa 8 1 2 11
 Kenya 3 7 7 17
 Algeria 1 3 0 4
 Morocco 0 2 4 6
 Tunisia 0 2 1 3
 Senegal 0 0 2 2
 Ethiopia 0 0 1 1

All-time medal table (1979–2016)[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Nigeria 146 117 85 348
2  Kenya 133 123 107 363
3  South Africa 120 100 88 308
4  Algeria 70 49 71 190
5  Morocco 51 45 73 169
6  Ethiopia 39 54 53 139
7  Senegal 39 54 53 146
8  Tunisia 37 39 28 104
9  Egypt 34 52 42 128
10  Ghana 32 33 31 96
11  Ivory Coast 23 30 29 82
12  Cameroon 20 27 33 80
13  Botswana 16 8 5 29
14  Madagascar 9 5 8 22
15  Mauritius 8 22 20 50
16  Uganda 6 13 13 32
17  Mozambique 6 3 1 10
18  Burkina Faso 5 9 9 23
19  Sudan 5 9 7 21
20  Gabon 5 1 6 12
21  Seychelles 4 7 7 18
22  Tanzania 3 6 3 12
23  Namibia 3 3 4 10
24  Djibouti 2 3 2 7
25  Burundi 2 2 7 11
26  Chad 2 2 3 7
27  Zambia 2 1 2 5
28  Zimbabwe 1 5 4 10
29  Central African Republic 1 1 2 4
30  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1 1 1 3
31  Lesotho 1 0 1 2
32  Guinea 1 1 0 2
33  Rwanda 1 0 2 3
34  Angola 1 0 1 2
 Eritrea 1 0 1 2
 Libya 1 0 1 2
37  Republic of the Congo 0 3 3 6
 Mali 0 3 3 6
39  Togo 0 2 2 4
40  Gambia 0 1 5 6
41  Somalia 0 1 0 1
42  Benin 0 0 4 4
43  Liberia 0 0 3 3
Total 832 829 823 2484

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