|Athletics at the 13th Commonwealth Games|
|Host city|| Edinburgh, Scotland |
|Date(s)||26 July–2 August 1986|
|Main stadium||Meadowbank Stadium|
|Participation||417 athletes from |
|Records set||5 Games records|
At the 1986 Commonwealth Games , the athletics events were held at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. A total of 41 events were contested, of which 23 by male and 18 by female athletes.
The majority of African, Asian and Caribbean countries boycotted the event due to the United Kingdom's sporting links with apartheid-era South Africa. As a result, the medallists came from only seven nations, comprising the four constituent countries of the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. England easily topped the medal table with eighteen gold medals and 48 medals in total. Canada was second, with ten golds and 28 medals overall, while Australia took third place with nine golds and a total of 26 medals. The hosts Scotland won one gold and six medals while Northern Ireland (typically weak in the sport) had one of their best games, with one gold and four medals overall.
|800 metres||1:43.22 GR||1:44.80||1:45.42|
|3000 metres steeplechase||8:24.49||8:25.15||8:26.14|
|110 metres hurdles|
(wind: +4.5 m/s)
|13.31 (w)||13.42 (w)||13.64 (w)|
|400 metres hurdles||49.60||49.77||50.25|
|4 × 100 metres relay|
|4 × 400 metres relay|
|30 kilometres walk||2:07:47 GR||2:08:38||2:10:36|
|High jump||2.30 m||2.28 m||2.14 m|
|Pole vault||5.30 m||5.20 m||5.20 m|
|Long jump||8.08 m||7.83 m||7.79 m|
|Triple jump||17.27 m||16.87 m||16.42 m|
|Shot put||18.16 m||17.97 m||17.70 m|
|Discus throw||58.86 m||57.74 m||57.34 m|
|Hammer throw||74.06 m||70.48 m||70.30 m|
|Javelin throw||80.62 m GR||78.56 m||76.22 m|
|Decathlon||8663 pts GR||8173 pts||8015 pts|
|100 metres hurdles||13.29||13.41||13.44|
|400 metres hurdles||54.94||56.55||56.57|
|4 × 100 metres relay|
|4 × 400 metres relay|
|High jump||1.92 m||1.90 m||1.90 m|
|Long jump||6.43 m||6.40 m||6.35 m|
|Shot put||19.00 m||18.75 m||17.52 m|
|Discus throw||56.42 m||56.20 m||54.72 m|
|Javelin throw||69.80 m GR||68.54 m||64.74 m|
|Heptathlon||6282 pts||6278 pts||5823 pts|
Host nation (Scotland)
|Totals (7 nations)||41||41||42||124|
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