Track event in Nouméa at the 2011 Pacific Games.
Track event in Nouméa at the 2011 Pacific Games.

Athletics competitions have been held at every Pacific Games since the inaugural edition 1963 in Suva, Fiji and at every Pacific Mini Games since the inaugural edition 1981 in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Both events are open for the 22 member federations of the Pacific Games Council. The Pacific Games started as South Pacific Games and were renamed in 2011, whereas the Pacific Mini Games started as South Pacific Mini Games and were renamed in 2009.

Pacific Games

Editions

Games Year Location Host country Events
Men Women Total
I 1963 (details) Suva  Fiji 19 10 29
II 1966 (details) Nouméa  New Caledonia 20 11 31
III 1969 (details) Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Papua and New Guinea 22 12 34
IV 1971 (details) Pirae  Tahiti 22 13 35
V 1975 (details) Tumon  Guam 22 13 35
VI 1979 (details) Suva  Fiji 22 15 37
VII 1983 (details) Apia  Western Samoa 22 16 38
VIII 1987 (details) Nouméa  New Caledonia 22 16 38
IX 1991 (details) Port Moresby  Papua New Guinea 23 18 41
X 1995 (details) Pirae  Tahiti 23 19 42
XI 1999 (details) Santa Rita  Guam 23 22 45
XII 2003 (details) Suva  Fiji 23 21 44
XIII 2007 (details) Apia  Samoa 23 22 45
XIV 2011 (details) Nouméa  New Caledonia 25 23   48 a
XV 2015 (details) Port Moresby  Papua New Guinea 25 23   48 a
XVI 2019 (details) Apia  Samoa 25 24   49 b
XVII 2023 (details) Honiara  Solomon Islands

All-time Pacific Games medal table

Medal winners for the athletics events of the Pacific Games until 2003 were published.[1] Complete results can be found on the Oceania Athletics Association webpage.[2] After the 2015 games, only Kiribati, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Tokelau, and Tuvalu are yet to win a medal.

The following table has the all-time medal tally for athletics at the Pacific Games from 1963 to 2015:

All-time Pacific Games medal table (Athletics)
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 New Caledonia189141138468
2 Fiji147156115418
3 Papua New Guinea102115118335
4 Tahiti797384236
5 Tonga23173171
6 Vanuatu10182654
7 Samoa10161642
8 Wallis and Futuna7141940
9 Solomon Islands6142040
10 Guam611926
11 Nauru53311
12 Cook Islands34411
13 American Samoa3126
14 Norfolk Island1236
15 Gilbert and Ellice Islands0101
 Marshall Islands0101
 Palau0101
18 Micronesia0022
Totals (18 entries)5915885901769

Pacific Mini Games

Editions

Games Year Location Host country Events
Men Women Total
I 1981 (details) Honiara  Solomon Islands 22 14 36
II 1985 (details) Rarotonga  Cook Islands 23 17 40
III 1989 (details) Nukualofa  Tonga 23 17 40
IV 1993 (details) Port Vila  Vanuatu 23 19 42
V 1997 (details) Pago Pago  American Samoa 23 19 42
VI 2001 (details) Middlegate  Norfolk Island 22 21 43
VII 2005 (details) Koror  Palau 20 19 39
VIII 2009 (details) Rarotonga  Cook Islands 21 20 41
IX 2013 (details) Mata-Utu  Wallis and Futuna 25 22    47 a
X 2017 (details) Port Vila  Vanuatu 25 22   47 a
XI 2022 (details) Saipan  Northern Mariana Islands 26 26   52 c

Medals

Medal winners for the athletics events of the Pacific Mini Games until 2005 were published.[3] Complete results can be found on the Oceania Athletics Association webpage.[2]

See also

List of Pacific Games records in athletics

Notes

^a Four parasport events were included (three for men and one for women).

^b Six parasport events were included (three for men and three for women).

^c Ten parasport events were included (five for men and five for women).

References

  1. ^ SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES, Athletics Weekly, retrieved 25 March 2013
  2. ^ a b Pacific Games/Mini Games Results & Associated Stories, OAA, retrieved 25 March 2013
  3. ^ SOUTH PACIFIC MINI GAMES, Athletics Weekly, retrieved 4 April 2013