|Athletics at the 14th Commonwealth Games|
|Dates||27 January – 3 February 1990|
|Host city|| Auckland, New Zealand|
|Venue||Mount Smart Stadium|
|Participation||585 athletes from |
|Records set||6 Games records|
At the 1990 Commonwealth Games , the athletics events were held at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand from 27 January to 3 February 1990. A total of 42 events were contested, 23 by male and 19 by female athletes.
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|110 metres hurdles||13.08||13.34||13.54|
|400 metres hurdles||48.89||49.25||50.24|
|3000 metres steeplechase||8:20.64||8:24.26||8:26.50|
|4 × 100 metres relay|
|4 × 400 metres relay|
|30 kilometres walk||2:08:28||2:09:09||2:09:20|
|High jump||2.36 m GR||2.34 m||2.23 m|
|Pole vault||5.35 m||5.25 m||5.20 m|
|Long jump||8.39 m (w)||8.20 m (w)||8.18 m (w)|
|Triple jump||16.95 m||16.93 m||16.89 m|
|Shot put||18.54 m||18.48 m||18.17 m|
|Discus throw||62.62 m||61.56 m||59.94 m|
|Hammer throw||75.66 m||73.52 m||71.26 m|
|Javelin throw||86.02 m GR||83.32 m||81.66 m|
|Decathlon||8525 pts||8207 pts w||7705 pts|
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|800 metres||2:00.25 GR||2:00.40||2:00.87|
|3000 metres||8:38.38 GR||8:39.46||8:47.66|
|100 metres hurdles||12.91||13.12||13.31|
|400 metres hurdles||55.38||56.00||56.74|
|4 × 100 metres relay|
|4 × 400 metres relay|
|10 kilometres walk||45:03||47:03||47:23|
|High jump||1.88 m||1.88 m||1.88 m|
|Long jump||6.78 m||6.65 m (w)||6.55 m|
|Shot put||18.48 m||18.43 m||16.00 m|
|Discus throw||56.38 m||54.86 m||53.84 m|
|Javelin throw||65.72 m||61.18 m||58.98 m|
|Heptathlon||6695 pts GR||6115 pts||6085 pts|
Host nation (New Zealand)
|Totals (14 nations)||42||42||43||127|
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