Balkan Athletics Championships
Greek: Βαλκανικοί Αγώνες
Poster of the first Balkan Games (1929)
First event1929
Occur everyyear (except 1941–1945, 1948-1952, 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1995)
Last event2022
Next event2023
PurposeAthletics event for nations of the Balkans
WebsiteOfficial website

The Balkan Athletics Championships or Balkan Games (Greek: Βαλκανικοί Αγώνες) is a regional athletics competition held between nations from the Balkans and organized by Balkan Athletics. The first games were held in Athens in 1929,[1] and the most recent were being held in Craiova, Romania, in 2022.[2]

Organization

The Games of 1929 were unofficial, and organized by the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association (SEGAS). They became formalized after 1930 and have been held regularly since, with the exception of the 1940–1953 period due to the Second World War and post-war turmoil. In 1946 and 1947, unofficial Games were organized, under the name Balkan and Central European Games, which Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary (1947) also participated.[3]

SEGAS were also central to the creation of the Balkan Athletics Indoor Championships in 1994 – a sister indoor event to the main outdoor competition.

Nations

Former nations

Editions

Number Year Host City Country Events
Name:Balkan Games
[4] 1929 Athens  Greece
1 1930 Athens  Greece
2 1931 Athens  Greece
3 1932 Athens  Greece
4 1933 Athens  Greece
5 1934 Zagreb  Yugoslavia
6 1935 Istanbul  Turkey
7 1936 Athens  Greece
8 1937 Bucharest  Romania
9 1938 Belgrade  Yugoslavia
10 1939 Athens  Greece
11 1940 Istanbul  Turkey
1941-1952: Not Held
[4] 1946 Tirana  Albania
[4] 1947 Bucharest  Romania
Name:Balkan Athletics Championships
12 1953 Athens  Greece
13 1954 Belgrade  Yugoslavia
14 1955 Istanbul  Turkey
15 1956 Belgrade  Yugoslavia
16 1957 Athens  Greece
17 1958 Sofia  Bulgaria
18 1959 Bucharest  Romania
19 1960 Athens  Greece
20 1961 Belgrade  Yugoslavia
21 1962 Ankara  Turkey
22 1963 Sofia  Bulgaria
23 1964 Bucharest  Romania
24 1965 Piraeus  Greece
25 1966 Sarajevo  Yugoslavia
26 1967 Istanbul  Turkey
27 1968 Piraeus  Greece
28 1969 Sofia  Bulgaria
29 1970 Bucharest  Romania
30 1971 Zagreb  Yugoslavia
31 1972 İzmir  Turkey
32 1973 Piraeus  Greece
33 1974 Sofia  Bulgaria
34 1975 Bucharest  Romania
35 1976 Celje  Yugoslavia
36 1977 Ankara  Turkey
37 1978 Thessaloniki  Greece
38 1979 Piraeus  Greece
39 1980 Sofia  Bulgaria
40 1981 Sarajevo  Yugoslavia
41 1982 Bucharest  Romania
42 1983 İzmir  Turkey
43 1984 Athens  Greece
44 1985 Stara Zagora  Bulgaria
45 1986 Ljubljana  Yugoslavia
46 1988 Ankara  Turkey
47 1989 Serres  Greece
48 1990 Istanbul  Turkey
49 1992 Sofia  Bulgaria
50 1994 Trikala  Greece
51 1996 Niš  Yugoslavia
52 1997 Athens  Greece
53 1998 Belgrade  Yugoslavia
54 1999 Istanbul  Turkey
55 2000 Kavala  Greece
56 2001 Trikala  Greece
57 2002 Bucharest  Romania
58 2003 Thiva  Greece
59 2004 Istanbul  Turkey
60 2005 Novi Sad  Serbia and Montenegro
61 2006 Athens  Greece
62 2007 Plovdiv  Bulgaria
63 2008 Bar  Montenegro
64 2009 İzmir  Turkey
65 2010 Larisa  Greece
66 2011 Sliven  Bulgaria
67 2012 Eskişehir  Turkey
68 2013 Stara Zagora  Bulgaria
69 2014 Pitești  Romania
70 2015 Pitești  Romania
71 2016 Pitești  Romania
72 2017 Novi Pazar  Serbia
73 2018 Stara Zagora  Bulgaria 42
74 2019 Pravets  Bulgaria 42
75 2020 Cluj Napoca  Romania 44
76 2021 Smederevo  Serbia 44
77 2022 Craiova  Romania 44
78 2023 Kraljevo  Serbia 44
79 2024 Izmir  Turkey 44

Ranking

Source:[5]

Year Ranking by Medals
1 2 3 Source
1930  Greece  Bulgaria  Yugoslavia [6]
1931  Greece  Yugoslavia  Romania [7]
1932-2021
2022  Greece  Romania  Turkey [8]
2023  Turkey  Serbia  Ukraine [9]

Results

Full Results:[10]

Medals (1930-2023)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Romania7546996412094
2 Bulgaria5635384881589
3 Greece5445395151598
4 Yugoslavia3863653611112
5 Turkey165215271651
6 Serbia786271211
7 Serbia and Montenegro375778172
8 Ukraine35341786
9 Croatia243640100
10 Moldova224343108
11 Slovenia17132050
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina15253777
13 Albania15193064
14 Cyprus11131640
15 Austria78217
16 Montenegro641424
17 Armenia63211
18 Israel3101225
19 North Macedonia331319
20 Authorised Neutral Athletes161118
21 Azerbaijan1001
22 Kosovo0516
23 Georgia0336
Totals (23 entries)2693270026868079

Source:[11]

Indoor

Balkan Athletics Indoor Championships[12]

Race Walking

Balkan Cross Country Championships[13]

Cross Country

Balkan Race Walking Championships[14]

Masters

Balkan Masters Athletics Championships

Others

  1. Balkan Mountain Running Championships
  2. Balkan Half Marathon Championships
  3. Balkan Marathon Championships
  4. Balkan Athletics U20 Championships
  5. Balkan U20 Indoor Athletics Championships
  6. Balkan U18 Athletics Championships
  7. Balkan Relay Championships

Championships records

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Championships Place Ref
100 m 10.11 (+0.5 m/s) Jak Ali Harvey  Turkey 1 August 2015 2015 Championships Pitești, Romania
200 m 20.50 (-0.6 m/s) Sergii Smelyk  Ukraine 3 September 2019 2019 Championships Pravets, Bulgaria [15]
400 m 45.36 Oleksandr Pohorilko  Ukraine 22 July 2023 2023 Championships Kraljevo, Serbia [16]
800 m 1:45.73 Luciano Sušanj  Yugoslavia 2 August 1974 Sofia, Bulgaria
1500 m 3:40.40 Petre Lupan  Romania 5 August 1972 İzmir, Turkey
5000 m 13:42.43 Michalis Kousis  Greece 1978 Thessaloniki, Greece
110 m hurdles 13.28 (+0.9 m/s) Milan Trajkovic  Cyprus 23 July 2023 2023 Championships Kraljevo, Serbia [17]
400 m hurdles 48.71 Yasmani Copello  Turkey 22 July 2023 2023 Championships Kraljevo, Serbia [18]
3000 m steeplechase 8:22.77 Florin Ionescu  Romania 28 June 1997 Athens, Greece
High jump 2.31 m Sorin Matei  Romania 16 July 1988 Ankara, Turkey
Pole vault 5.70 m Emmanouil Karalis  Greece 27 June 2021 2021 Championships Smederevo, Serbia [19]
Long jump 8.18 m NWI Konstadínos Koukodímos  Greece 4 July 1992 Sofia, Bulgaria
Triple jump 17.24 m Marian Oprea  Romania 13 July 2003
28 July 2013
Thebes, Greece
Stara Zagora
Shot put 21.50 m Armin Sinančević  Serbia 26 June 2021 2021 Championships Smederevo, Serbia [20]
Discus throw 65.44 m Ion Zamfirache  Romania 15 August 1982 Bucharest, Romania
Javelin throw 83.60 m Andrian Mardare  Moldova 20 September 2020 2020 Championships Cluj-Napoca, Romania [21]
Hammer throw 79.16 m Aléxandros Papadimitríou  Greece 12 July 2003 Thebes, Greece
Decathlon 7995 pts Saša Karan  Yugoslavia 1990 Istanbul, Turkey
4 × 100 m relay 39.09 Ertan Ozkan
Kayhan Ozer
Batuhan Altintaş
Ramil Guliyev
 Turkey 22 July 2023 2023 Championships Kraljevo, Serbia [22]
4 × 400 m relay 3:03.94  Yugoslavia 17 July 1988 Ankara, Turkey

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Championships Place Ref
100 m 10.96 (+0.8 m/s) Ivet Lalova  Bulgaria 2 July 2011 Sliven
200 m 22.45 (+1.2 m/s) Ivet Lalova-Collio  Bulgaria 3 September 2019 2019 Championships Pravets, Bulgaria [23]
400 m 50.98 Jelica Pavličić  Yugoslavia 3 August 1974 Sofia
800 m 1:56.42 Paula Ivan  Romania 16 July 1988 Ankara
1500 m 4:04.56 Corina Dumbrăvean  Romania 24 July 2005 Novi Sad
5000 m 15:16.47 Luiza Gega  Albania 20 June 2022 2022 Championships Craiova, Romania [24]
100 m hurdles 12.26 Yordanka Donkova  Bulgaria 7 September 1986 Ljubljana
400 m hurdles 54.23 Vania Stambolova  Bulgaria 2 July 2011 Sliven
3000 m steeplechase 9:17.89 Luiza Gega  Albania 19 June 2022 2022 Championships Craiova, Romania [25]
High jump 2.01 m Stefka Kostadinova  Bulgaria 6 September 1986 Ljubljana
Pole vault 4.45 m Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou  Greece 19 July 2008 Argos Orestiko
Long jump 7.14 m (+1.2 m/s) Mirela Dulgheru  Romania 5 July 1992 Sofia
Triple jump 14.60 m (+1.7 m/s) Paraskevi Papachristou  Greece 20 July 2018 2018 Championships Stara Zagora, Bulgaria [26]
Shot put 21.11 m Verzhinia Veselinova  Bulgaria 14 June 1980 Sofia
Discus throw 70.20 m Daniela Costian  Romania 17 July 1988 Ankara
Hammer throw 73.97 m Zalina Marghieva  Moldova 2 August 2015 2015 Championships Pitești, Romania
Javelin throw 60.60 m Marija Vučenović  Serbia 20 July 2018 2018 Championships Stara Zagora, Bulgaria [27]
Heptathlon 6304 pts Emilia Dimitrova  Bulgaria 7 September 1986 Ljubljana
4 × 100 m relay 42.89  Bulgaria 1988 Ankara
4 × 400 m relay 3:27.39  Romania 1985 Stara Zagora

1940 athlete naming

The 1940 shot put champion was listed as Arat Ararat from Turkey. The birth name of this athlete was Sokratis Ioannidis, a Greek Orthodox born in Istanbul. Due to political friction between Turkey and Greece at that time, the Turks decided it would be more politically correct to change his name to Arat Ararat. This was the name he was known by in the athletic circles.

See also

References

  1. ^ Balkan Games - Philately
  2. ^ Balkan Games - website
  3. ^ BALKAN GAMES/CHAMPIONSHIPS
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  18. ^ "400m Hurdles Heat 2/2 Results". serbia.opentrack.run. 22 July 2023. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  19. ^ "2021 Balkan Athletics Championships Results" (PDF). balkan-athletics.eu. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
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  25. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Results". tmedia.ro. 20 June 2022. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
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  27. ^ "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). balkan-athletics.eu. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.