Athletics at the Commonwealth Games

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Athletics is one of several sports contested 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.

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Editions

GamesYearHost cityHost countryBest nation
I 1930 Hamilton, Ontario Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada Flag of England.svg  England
II 1934 London Flag of England.svg  England Flag of England.svg  England
III 1938 Sydney, New South Wales Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada
IV 1950 Auckland Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
V 1954 Vancouver, British Columbia Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada Flag of England.svg  England
VI 1958 Cardiff Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
VII 1962 Perth, Western Australia Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
VIII 1966 Kingston Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
IX 1970 Edinburgh Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
X 1974 Christchurch Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Flag of England.svg  England
XI 1978 Edmonton, Alberta Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of England.svg  England
XII 1982 Brisbane, Queensland Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of England.svg  England
XIII 1986 Edinburgh Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of England.svg  England
XIV 1990 Auckland Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Flag of England.svg  England
XV 1994 Victoria, British Columbia Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of England.svg  England
XVI 1998 Kuala Lumpur Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
XVII 2002 Manchester Flag of England.svg  England Flag of England.svg  England
XVIII 2006 Melbourne, Victoria Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
XIX 2010 Delhi Flag of India.svg  India Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
XX 2014 Glasgow Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
XXI 2018 Gold Coast, Queensland Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
XXII 2022 Birmingham Flag of England.svg  England

Events

Men's events

No new events have been added to the men's athletics programme since the 1998 addition of the 20 km and 50 km racewalks. The roster of events has not changed since then, with the exception of the omission of the 50 km racewalk from 2010 and the 20 km racewalk in 2014. A total of 35 different events have been held in the men's competition, 23 of which were contested at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Many of the discontinued events were similar to modern events but at different lengths as they were contested over distances measured in Imperial units. Events with distances measured in metric units were first contested in 1970.

Event 30 34 38 50 54 58 62 66 70 74 78 82 86 90 94 98 02 06 10 14 18 Games
Current program
100 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
200 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
400 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
800 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
1500 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
5000 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
10,000 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
Marathon XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
110 metres hurdles XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
400 metres hurdles XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
3000 metres steeplechase XXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 16
4 × 100 metres relay XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
4 × 400 metres relay XXXXXXX X X X X X X 13
20 kilometres race walk X X X X X 5
High jump XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Pole vault XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Long jump XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Triple jump XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Shot put XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Discus throw XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Hammer throw XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Javelin throw XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X X 21
Decathlon XXXXXXXX X X X X X X 14
Past events
100 yards XXXXXXXX8
220 yards XXXXXXXX8
440 yards XXXXXXXX8
880 yards XXXXXXXX8
1 miles XXXXXXXX8
3 miles XXXXXXXX8
6 miles XXXXXXXX8
120 yards hurdles XXXXXXXX8
440 yards hurdles XXXXXXXX8
20 miles walk XXX3
30 kilometres race walk XXXXX5
50 kilometres race walk X X X 3
4 × 440 yards relay XXXXXXXX8
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Women's events

A total of 34 different events have been held in the women's competition, 23 of which were contested at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The women's program has been identical to the men's program since the 2006 Commonwealth Games (with the exception of the discontinued men's 50 km walk) when the women's 3000m steeplechase was added to the program. The 20 km racewalk was omitted from the program in 2014.

Event 30 34 38 50 54 58 62 66 70 74 78 82 86 90 94 98 02 06 10 14 Games
Current program
100 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
200 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
400 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
800 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
1500 metres XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
5000 metres X X X X X 5
10,000 metres XXX X X X X X 8
Marathon XX X X X X X 7
100 metres hurdles XXXXXX X X X X X 11
400 metres hurdles XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
3000 metres steeplechase X X X 3
4 × 100 metres relay XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
4 × 400 metres relay XXXXXXX X X X X X 12
High jump XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X 20
Pole vault X X X X X 5
Long jump XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X 20
Triple jump X X X X X 5
Shot put XXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X 16
Discus throw XXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X 16
Hammer throw X X X X X 5
Javelin throw XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X X X 20
Heptathlon XXXX X X X X X 9
Past events
110 yards XXXXXXXX8
220 yard XXXXXXXX8
440 yard X1
880 yard XXX3
1-mile XXXXXXXX8
3000 metres XXXXX5
10 kilometres race walk XX X 3
20 kilometres race walk X X X 3
4 × 110 yards relay XXXX4
4 × 440 yards relay XXXXXXXX8
Events787710101112131515161719182222232322

Elite Athletes with a Disability events

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 100 metres T12XX2
Men's 100 metres T37 X 1
Men's 100 metres T46 X 1
Men's 200 metres T46X1
Men's 1500 metres T54 X X 2
Men's shot put F32/34/52 X 1
Men's discus throw F42-44 X 1
Men's discus throw seatedX1
Women's 100 metres T12 X 1
Women's 100 metres T37X X 2
Women's 800 metres T54XX2
Women's 1500 metres T54 X X 2
Women's long jump F37/38 X 1
Women's shot put seatedX1
Women's shot put F32-34/52/53 X 1
Events2566

All-time medal table

Updated after the 2018 Commonwealth Games

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 196162137495
2Flag of England.svg  England 194200183577
3Flag of Canada.svg  Canada 8398135316
4Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 726249183
5Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 574044141
6Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 443934117
7Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 374851136
8Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 21282170
9Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 18233475
10Flag of Wales 2.svg  Wales 16182155
11Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 10141034
12Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 86721
13Ulster banner.svg  Northern Ireland 710219
14Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 6131231
15Flag of India.svg  India 5101328
16Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 581023
17Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 54615
18Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana 53210
19Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana 3317
20Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 31610
21Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 23611
22Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 2215
23Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada 2125
24Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 14813
25Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1427
26Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 1214
27Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 1124
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1124
29Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 1113
30Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados 1045
31Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia 1034
32Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands 1012
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 1012
34Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg  British Virgin Islands 1001
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho 1001
Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1001
Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1001
38Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 0336
39Flag of Dominica.svg  Dominica 0112
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius 0112
41Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 0011
Flag of Seychelles.svg  Seychelles 0011
Flag of Swaziland.svg  Swaziland 0011
Flag of The Gambia.svg  The Gambia 0011
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 0011
Totals (45 nations)8158148222451

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