Balkan Athletics Championships

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Balkan Athletics Championships
Greek: Βαλκανικοί Αγώνες
Balkan games.jpg
Poster of the first Balkan Games (1929)
First event1929
Occur everyyear (except 1941–1952, 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1995)
Last event2018
PurposeAthletics event for nations of the Balkans
WebsiteOfficial website

The Balkan Athletics Championships or Balkan Games is a regional athletics competition held between nations from the Balkans and organized by Balkan Athletics. The first games were held in Athens in 1929,[1] and the most recent were being held in Stara Zagora in 2018.[2]


The Games of 1929 were unofficial, and organized by the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association (SEGAS). They became formalized after 1930 and have been held regularly since, with the exception of the 1940–1953 period due to the Second World War and post-war turmoil. In 1946 and 1947, unofficial Games were organized, under the name Balkan and Central European Games, in which Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary (1947) also participated.[3]

SEGAS were also central to the creation of the Balkan Athletics Indoor Championships in 1994 – a sister indoor event to the main outdoor competition.



Championships records[edit]


Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
Triple jump 14.60 m (+1.7 m/s) Paraskevi Papachristou  Greece 20 July 2018 Bulgaria Stara Zagora, Bulgaria [6]
Javelin throw 60.60 m Marija Vučenović  Serbia 20 July 2018 Bulgaria Stara Zagora, Bulgaria [7]

1940 athlete naming[edit]

The 1940 shot put champion was listed as Arat Ararat from Turkey. The birth name of this athlete was Sokratis Ioannidis, a Greek Orthodox born in Istanbul. Due to political friction between Turkey and Greece at that time, the Turks decided it would be more politically correct to change his name to Arat Ararat. This was the name he was known by in the athletic circles.


  1. ^ Balkan Games - Philately
  2. ^ Balkan Games - website
  4. ^ a b c Unofficial Games
  5. ^ 58th Balkan Games – Report
  6. ^ "Triple Jump Results" (PDF). 20 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). 20 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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