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Athletics In The Commonwealth Games

Athletics is a core sport in the Commonwealth Games and has featured on the sports programme of every Games since their inception in 1930. It is often considered the centrepiece of the Games and has more countries competing in it than any other sport on the Games programme.

Since the 2002 Manchester Games a number of Para-Sport events have been included in the Athletics programme for elite athletes with disabilities and Para-Athletics is also now a compulsory discipline in the Games.

Athletics is also a core sport for the Commonwealth Youth Games and is included each time the Games are held. Scottish athletes have won at least one medal in Athletics at every Youth Games to date.

All Athletics events are held in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Para-Sports events are held under IPC rules.

  • Core / Optional Core
  • Appearances In The Games 21
  • First Games Hamilton 1930
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Athletics Medal Count:
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  • Total: 75
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Did You Know?

  • Athletics was one of six sports included in the first Games in Hamilton, Canada in 1930

  • Athletics has featured on the sports programme at every single Games

  • Allan Wells is Scotland’s most successful athletics competitor with four gold, one silver and one bronze medal

  • Liz McColgan is Scotland’s most successful female performer in athletics with two gold and one bronze medal

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Competition Format

Events are for men and women unless otherwise stated and each country may enter up to three athletes per event and one team per relay. There are track, field, combined and road events.

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