African Championships in Athletics
SportAthletics
Founded1979
No. of teams54
ContinentAfrica (CAA)
Most recent
champion(s)
Last winners lists

The African Championships in Athletics is a continental athletics event organized by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), the continental association for the sport in Africa. Since its inaugural edition in 1979 it was at first organised intermittently with nine editions held in fourteen years until 1993. Following the tenth edition in 1996 it has been organised biennially on even years, and is always held in the same year as the Summer Olympics. The 21st edition was held in Asaba, Nigeria in August 2018.

The event featured a men's marathon from 1979 to 1990. Following it being dropped from the programme an African Marathon Championships was briefly contested.[1] The event programme has roughly matched that of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, with the exception of the 50 kilometres race walk.[2]

The following list shows changes to the event programme:

Championships

Edition Year City Country Date Venue Events Nations Athletes Top of the
medal table
1 1979 Dakar  Senegal 2–5 August Stade Iba Mar Diop 39 24 251  Nigeria
2 1982 Cairo  Egypt 25–28 August Cairo International Stadium 39 18 297  Kenya
3 1984 Rabat  Morocco 12–15 July Stade Moulay Abdellah 38 28 298  Kenya
4 1985 Cairo  Egypt 15–18 August Cairo International Stadium 40 24 324  Nigeria
5 1988 Annaba  Algeria 29 August – 2 September Stade 19 Mai 1956 41 30 341  Nigeria
6 1989 Lagos  Nigeria 4–8 August Lagos National Stadium 41 27 308  Nigeria
7 1990 Cairo  Egypt 3–6 October Cairo International Stadium 41 23 218  Nigeria
8 1992 Belle Vue Maurel  Mauritius 25–28 June Stade Anjalay 41 24 336  South Africa
9 1993 Durban  South Africa 23–27 June Kings Park Stadium 41 32 294  South Africa
10 1996 Yaoundé  Cameroon 13–16 June Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium 40 33 307  Nigeria
11 1998 Dakar  Senegal 18–22 August Stade Leopold Senghor 42 39 395  Nigeria
12 2000 Algiers  Algeria 10–14 July Stade 5 Juillet 1962 43 43 411  Algeria
13 2002 Radès  Tunisia 6–10 August Rades Olympic Stadium 43 42 417  South Africa
14 2004 Brazzaville Republic of the Congo Congo 14–18 July Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat 44 42 431  South Africa
15 2006 Bambous  Mauritius 9–13 August Stade Germain Comarmond 44 41 456  South Africa
16 2008 Addis Ababa  Ethiopia 30 April – 4 May Addis Ababa Stadium 44 42 543  South Africa
17 2010 Nairobi  Kenya 28 July – 1 August Nyayo Stadium 44 46 588  Kenya
18 2012 Porto-Novo  Benin 27 June – 1 July Stade Charles de Gaulle 44 47 569  Nigeria
19 2014 Marrakech[3]  Morocco 10–14 August Stade de Marrakech 44 47 548  South Africa
20 2016 Durban[4]  South Africa 22–26 June Kings Park Stadium 44 43 720  South Africa
21 2018 Asaba  Nigeria 1–5 August Stephen Keshi Stadium 44 52 800  Kenya
22 2022 Saint Pierre[5]  Mauritius 8–12 June Cote d’Or National Sports Complex 45 50 636  Kenya

Championship records

Main article: List of African Championships in Athletics records

Statistics

Points Wins by country

Overall points winners
Country First Second Third Total
 Nigeria 8 5 5 18
 South Africa 8 3 2 13
 Kenya 5 7 7 19
 Algeria 1 3 0 4
 Morocco 0 2 4 6
 Tunisia 0 2 1 3
 Senegal 0 0 2 2
 Ethiopia 0 0 1 1

All-time medal table (1979–2022)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Nigeria16012594379
2 Kenya154134117405
3 South Africa138127110375
4 Algeria775273202
5 Morocco525081183
6 Ethiopia456362170
7 Senegal405554149
8 Tunisia394035114
9 Egypt355748140
10 Ghana33343198
11 Ivory Coast25323188
12 Botswana2211639
13 Cameroon20303484
14 Madagascar95822
15 Mauritius8232051
16 Burkina Faso811928
17 Uganda6141636
18 Mozambique63110
19 Sudan59721
20 Gabon52613
21 Seychelles47718
22 Tanzania36312
23 Namibia33511
24 Zambia33410
25 Burundi23712
26 Djibouti2327
27 Chad2237
28 Benin2046
29 Zimbabwe15511
30 Gambia1157
31 Central African Republic1124
32 DR Congo1113
33 Guinea1102
 Niger1102
35 Eritrea1023
 Lesotho1023
 Rwanda1023
38 Angola1012
 Libya1012
40 Eswatini1001
41 Congo0347
42 Mali0336
43 Togo0224
44 Liberia0145
45 Guinea-Bissau0101
 Somalia0101
Totals (46 entries)9209259122757

Most successful athletes

The best athletes of these championships are:

Men Algeria Hakim Toumi 7 gold medals
Women Morocco Zoubida Laayouni 7 gold medals

References

  1. ^ African Marathon Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  2. ^ African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  3. ^ 19th Africa Senior Championships. Confederation of African Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  4. ^ "20th Africa Senior championships 2016 in South Africa". Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Omanyala among stars set to feature at return of African Athletics Championships in Mauritius". Retrieved 7 June 2022.