Commonwealth Games 1986



The Commonwealth Games, 1986 were organized in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Games were first held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930. This multi-sports event is held every four years and is participated by over 71 nations. This was the second time the Games were held in Scotland. The Commonwealth Games, 1986 were attended by twenty-six nations. Nearly 461 officials and 1,662 athletes took part in the Games.

The Games were known as British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, from 1954 to 1966 the event was known as British Empire and Commonwealth Games, from 1970 to 1974 it was called the British Commonwealth Games and from 1978 onwards known as the Commonwealth Games.

The XIII Commonwealth Games featured ten sports. These included boxing, weightlifting, badminton, aquatics (synchronized swimming, diving and swimming), bowls, shooting, athletics, lawn rowing, wrestling and cycling.

England leaded the medals tally in the 1986 Commonwealth Games with 144 medals (52 gold, 43 silver and 49 bronze). Australia came second with 121 medals (40 gold, 46 silver and 35 bronze) and Canada got the third position with 116 medals (51 gold, 34 silver and 31 bronze).

New Zealand won 38 medals, Botswana, Isle of Man, Jersey, Singapore and Swaziland won 1 medal each, Guernsey and Malawi won 2 medals each, Hong Kong got 3 medals, Northern Ireland earned 15 medals, Scotland managed 33 medals and Wales won 23 medals.

In the men's 30 kilometer road walk, Simon Francis Baker of Australia made a record of 2 hours 7 minutes and 47 seconds. In the women's 400 meter freestyle swimming event, a record was made by Sarah Hardcastle of England with a timing of 4 minutes and 7 seconds.

Last Updated on : 4 October 2010