Swimming at the Commonwealth Games

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Swimming is one of the sports 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. Synchronised swimming and Diving events are optional. Water polo is a recognised (i.e. not yet optional) sport.

Editions[edit]

Games Year Host city Host country Best nation
I 1930 Hamilton, Ontario  Canada England
II 1934 London  England Canada
III 1938 Sydney, New South Wales  Australia England
IV 1950 Auckland  New Zealand Australia
V 1954 Vancouver, British Columbia  Canada Australia
VI 1958 Cardiff  Wales Australia
VII 1962 Perth, Western Australia  Australia Australia
VIII 1966 Kingston  Jamaica Australia
IX 1970 Edinburgh  Scotland Australia
X 1974 Christchurch  New Zealand Australia
XI 1978 Edmonton, Alberta  Canada Canada
XII 1982 Brisbane, Queensland  Australia Australia
XIII 1986 Edinburgh  Scotland Australia
XIV 1990 Auckland  New Zealand Australia
XV 1994 Victoria, British Columbia  Canada Australia
XVI 1998 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia Australia
XVII 2002 Manchester  England Australia
XVIII 2006 Melbourne, Victoria  Australia Australia
XIX 2010 Delhi  India Australia
XX 2014 Glasgow  Scotland Australia
XXI 2018 Gold Coast, Queensland  Australia

Events[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event 30 34 38 50 54 58 62 66 70 74 78 82 86 90 94 98 02 06 10 14 Games
Current program
50 metre freestyle X X X X X X X 7
100 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
1500 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
50 metre backstroke X X X X 4
100 metre backstroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre backstroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
50 metre breaststroke X X X X 4
100 metre breaststroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre breaststroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
50 metre butterfly X X X X 4
100 metre butterfly X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre butterfly X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre individual medley X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 metre individual medley X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 100 metre freestyle relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 200 metre freestyle relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 100 metre medley relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
Past events
100 yard freestyle X X 2
110 yard freestyle X X X X X X 6
440 yard freestyle X X X X X X X X 8
1500 yard freestyle X X 2
1650 yard freestyle X X X X X X 6
100 yard backstroke X X 2
110 yard backstroke X X X X X X 6
220 yard backstroke X X 2
110 yard breaststroke X X 2
200 yard breaststroke X 1
220 yard breaststroke X X X X X X X 7
110 yard butterfly X X 2
220 yard butterfly X X X 3
440 yard individual medley X X 2
440 yard freestyle relay X X 2
800 yard freestyle relay X X 2
880 yard freestyle relay X X X X X X 6
330 yard medley relay X X X X 4
440 yard medley relay X X X 3
Events 6 7 7 7 7 8 13 13 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 19 19 19 19

Women's events[edit]

Event 30 34 38 50 54 58 62 66 70 74 78 82 86 90 94 98 02 06 10 14 Games
Current program
50 metre freestyle X X X X X X X 7
100 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
800 metre freestyle X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
50 metre backstroke X X X X 4
100 metre backstroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre backstroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
50 metre breaststroke X X X X 4
100 metre breaststroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre breaststroke X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
50 metre butterfly X X X X 4
100 metre butterfly X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre butterfly X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
200 metre individual medley X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
400 metre individual medley X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 100 metre freestyle relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 200 metre freestyle relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
4 × 100 metre medley relay X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
Past events
100 yard freestyle X X 2
110 yard freestyle X X X X X X 6
440 yard freestyle X X X X X X X X 8
100 yard backstroke X X 2
110 yard backstroke X X X X X X 6
220 yard backstroke X X 2
110 yard breaststroke X X 2
200 yard breaststroke X 1
220 yard breaststroke X X X X X X X 7
110 yard butterfly X X X 3
220 yard butterfly X 1
440 yard individual medley X X 2
400 yard freestyle relay X 1
440 yard freestyle relay X X X X X X 6
330 yard medley relay X X X 3
440 yard medley relay X X X 3
Events 5 4 6 6 6 7 10 11 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 19 19 19 19

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 four Games where they have been included.

Event 02 06 10 14 Games
Men's 50 metre freestyle multi-disability X X 2
Men's 50 metre freestyle S9 X 1
Men's 100 metre freestyle multi-disability X X 2
Men's 100 metre freestyle S8 X 1
Men's 100 metre freestyle S9 X 1
Men's 100 metre freestyle S10 X 1
Men's 200 metre freestyle S14 X 1
Men's 200 metre individual medley SM8 X 1
Women's 50 metre freestyle multi-disability X X 2
Women's 50 metre freestyle S9 X 1
Women's 100 metre freestyle multi-disability X X 2
Women's 100 metre freestyle S8 X 1
Women's 100 metre freestyle S9 X 1
Women's 100 metre breaststroke SB9 X 1
Women's 200 metre individual medley SM10 X 1
Events 4 4 5 6

All-time medal table[edit]

Updated after the 2014 Commonwealth Games

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Australia 277 205 178 660
2 Canada 98 111 119 328
3 England 94 122 134 350
4 South Africa 24 29 26 79
5 Scotland 20 27 29 76
6 New Zealand 16 30 35 81
7 Wales 6 9 13 28
8 Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 2
9 Kenya 1 0 0 1
Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1
11 Jamaica 0 2 3 5
12 Malaysia 0 1 1 2
13 Bahamas 0 1 0 1
Guyana 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
16 India 0 0 1 1
Isle of Man 0 0 1 1
Total 538 540 540 1618

Games records[edit]

External links[edit]