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Youth Games

Athletics in the Commonwealth Youth Games

Athletics is one of only two core sports at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Swimming being the other, 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, including at Samoa 2015, where Scotland’s six athletics representatives returned with seven medals.

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 Youth Games 6
  • First Youth Games Edinburgh 2000
  • Most Recent Youth Games Bahamas 2017
Team Scotland’s Athletics Medal Count:
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  • Total: 28
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Did You Know?

  • 14 track & field athletes to date have made the transition from Youth Games to Commonwealth Games.

  • In 2004, javelin thrower James Campbell and 1500m runner Morag McLarty were Scotland's first Youth Games gold medallists in Athletics. Both went on to compete as seniors at the Commonwealth Games.

  • Youth Games participants in 2008, Lynsey Sharp, Chris O'Hare, Eilish McColgan and Beth Potter all went on to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014 and Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  • 4th in the Triple Jump at the 2000 Youth Games, Gillian Cooke went on to compete at two Commonwealth Games before becoming a World Champion and Olympian in bobsleigh.

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Competition Format

The Athletics competition at the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games is for men and women of 16 or 17 years of age (born 2000 or 2001). Each nation is permitted to enter up to two athletes in each individual event on the programme.

Events, for both men and women, will be:

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 100m/110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin.

The Bahamas 2017 programme also includes Mixed Relays: 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m.

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