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
Next event2019
PurposeAthletics event for nations of the Balkans
Website Official 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 Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2020. [2] [3]

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Organization

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. [4]

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

Nations

Former nations

Editions

NumberYearHost CityCountryEvents
[5] 1929 Athens Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg  Greece
11930 Athens Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg  Greece
21931 Athens Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg  Greece
31932 Athens Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg  Greece
41933 Athens Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg  Greece
51934 Zagreb Flag of Yugoslavia (1918-1943).svg  Yugoslavia
61935 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
71936 Athens State flag of Greece (1863-1924;1935-73).svg  Greece
81937 Bucharest Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
91938 Belgrade Flag of Yugoslavia (1918-1943).svg  Yugoslavia
101939 Athens State flag of Greece (1863-1924;1935-73).svg  Greece
111940 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
[5] 1946 Tirana Flag of Albania (1946-1992).svg  Albania
[5] 1947 Bucharest Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
121953 Athens Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg  Greece
131954 Belgrade Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
141955 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
151956 Belgrade Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
161957 Athens State flag of Greece (1863-1924;1935-73).svg  Greece
171958 Sofia Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg  Bulgaria
181959 Bucharest Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg  Romania
191960 Athens State flag of Greece (1863-1924;1935-73).svg  Greece
201961 Belgrade Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
211962 Ankara Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
221963 Sofia Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg  Bulgaria
231964 Bucharest Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg  Romania
241965 Piraeus State flag of Greece (1863-1924;1935-73).svg  Greece
251966 Sarajevo Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
261967 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
271968 Piraeus State flag of Greece (1863-1924;1935-73).svg  Greece
281969 Sofia Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg  Bulgaria
291970 Bucharest Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
301971 Zagreb Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
311972 Izmir Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
321973 Piraeus Flag of Greece (1970-1975).svg  Greece
331974 Sofia Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria
341975 Bucharest Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
351976 Celje Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
361977 Ankara Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
371978 Thessaloniki Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
381979 Piraeus Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
391980 Sofia Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria
401981 Sarajevo Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
411982 Bucharest Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
421983 Izmir Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
431984 Athens Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
441985 Stara Zagora Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria
451986 Ljubljana Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
461988 Ankara Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
471989 Serres Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
481990 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
491992 Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
501994 Trikala Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
NumberYearHost CityCountryEvents
511996 Niš Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia
521997 Athens Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
531998 Belgrade Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia
541999 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
552000 Kavala Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
562001 Trikala Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
572002 Bucharest Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
582003 Thiva Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
592004 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
602005 Novi Sad Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro
612006 Athens Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
622007 Plovdiv Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
632008 Bar Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
642009 Izmir Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
65 2010 Larisa Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
66 2011 Stara Zagora Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
67 2012 Alexandroupoli Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
68 2013 Stara Zagora Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
69 2014 Pitești Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
70 2015 Pitești Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
71 2016 Pitești Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
72 2017 Novi Pazar Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
73 2018 Stara Zagora Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 42
74 2019 Pravets Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
75 2020 Cluj Napoca Flag of Romania.svg  Romania

All time medal table

from 1930 to 2019.

Championships records

Men

EventRecordAthleteNationalityDateChampionshipsPlaceRef
100 m 10.11 (+0.5 m/s) Jak Ali Harvey Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1 August 2015 2015 Championships Pitești, Romania
200 m 20.50 (-0.6 m/s) Sergii Smelyk Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine3 September 2019 2019 Championships Pravets, Bulgaria [6]
400 m 45.54 Željko Knapić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1979 Athens
800 m 1:45.73 Luciano Sušanj Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2 August 1974 Sofia
1 500 m 3:40.40 Petre Lupan Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 5 August 1972 Izmir
5 000 m 13:42.43 Michalis Kousis Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1978 Thessaloniki
110 m hurdles 13.52 (-0.5 m/s) Zhivko Videnov Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 25 August 2002 Bucharest
400 m hurdles 49.36 Athanasios Kalogiannis Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 17 July 1998 Ankara
3000 m steeplechase 8:22.77 Florin Ionescu Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 28 June 1997 Athens
High jump 2.31 m Sorin Matei Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 16 July 1988 Ankara
Pole vault 5.66 m Emmanouil Karalis Flag of Greece.svg Greece3 September 2019 2019 Championships Pravets, Bulgaria [7]
Long jump 8.18 m NWI Konstadínos Koukodímos Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 4 July 1992 Sofia
Triple jump 17.24 m Marian Oprea Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 13 July 2003
28 July 2013
Thebes, Greece
Stara Zagora
Shot put 20.96 m Andrei Gag Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 2 August 2015 2015 Championships Pitești, Romania
Discus throw 65.44 m Ion Zamfirache Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 15 August 1982 Bucharest
Javelin throw 83.60 m Andrian Mardare Moldova}20 September 2020 2020 Championships Cluj-Napoca, Romania [8]
Hammer throw 79.16 m Aléxandros Papadimitríou Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 12 July 2003 Thebes, Greece
Decathlon 7995 pts Saša Karan Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1990 Istanbul
4 × 100 m relay 39.22Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1985 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
4 × 400 m relay 3:03.94Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 17 July 1988 Ankara

Women

EventRecordAthleteNationalityDatePlaceChampionshipsRef
100 m 10.96 (+0.8 m/s) Ivet Lalova Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria2 July 2011 Sliven
200 m 22.45 (+1.2 m/s) Ivet Lalova-Collio Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria3 September 2019 2019 Championships Pravets, Bulgaria [9]
400 m 50.98 Jelica Pavličić Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3 August 1974 Sofia
800 m 1:56.42 Paula Ivan Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 16 July 1988 Ankara
1500 m 4:04.56 Corina Dumbrăvean Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 24 July 2005 Novi Sad
5000 m 15:27.33 Iulia Olteanu Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1997 Athens
100 m hurdles 12.26 Yordanka Donkova Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 7 September 1986 Ljubljana
400 m hurdles 54.23 Vania Stambolova Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 2 July 2011 Sliven
3000 m steeplechase 9:33.41 Silvia Danekova Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1 August 2015 2015 Championships Pitești, Romania
High jump 2.01 m Stefka Kostadinova Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 6 September 1986 Ljubljana
Pole vault 4.45 m Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 19 July 2008 Argos Orestiko
Long jump 7.14 m (+1.2 m/s) Mirela Dulgheru Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 5 July 1992 Sofia
Triple jump 14.60 m (+1.7 m/s) Paraskevi Papachristou Flag of Greece.svg Greece20 July 2018 2018 Championships Stara Zagora, Bulgaria [10]
Shot put 21.11 m Verzhinia Veselinova Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 14 June 1980 Sofia
Discus throw 70.20 m Daniela Costian Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 17 July 1988 Ankara
Hammer throw 73.97 m Zalina Marghieva Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 2 August 2015 2015 Championships Pitești, Romania
Javelin throw 60.60 m Marija Vučenović Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia20 July 2018 2018 Championships Stara Zagora, Bulgaria [11]
Heptathlon 6304 pts Emilia Dimitrova Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 7 September 1986 Ljubljana
4 × 100 m relay 42.89Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1988 Ankara
4 × 400 m relay 3:27.39Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1985 Stara Zagora

1940 athlete naming

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.

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References

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  2. Balkan Games - website
  3. 58th Balkan Games – Report
  4. BALKAN GAMES/CHAMPIONSHIPS
  5. 1 2 3 Unofficial Games
  6. "200m Results" (PDF). balkan-athletics.eu. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. "Pole Vault Results" (PDF). balkan-athletics.eu. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
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  9. "200m Results" (PDF). balkan-athletics.eu. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. "Triple Jump Results" (PDF). balkan-athletics.eu. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  11. "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). balkan-athletics.eu. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

See also