With barely a breather from the winter fun at Pyeongchang 2018, Team GB have competed fiercely in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia. We’ve got all the facts and figures that drove this sporting spectacle – on your marks, get set, GO!
The Commonwealth Games was created as a counterpart to the Olympic Games, the first of which was held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Known then as the British Empire Games, and involving Great Britain’s dominions, it was held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Only six teams have taken part in every games – Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
The British Empire Games, henceforth, took place every four years, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when the Second World War meant they had to be cancelled.
The 1970 games in Kingston, Jamaica, was the first time the name ‘British Commonwealth Games’ was used, shortening to ‘Commonwealth Games’ for the 1978 event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The 1986 games was majorly impacted by athlete boycotts, generated by Britain’s refusal to condemn the South African policy of Apartheid.
In addition to each of the sports represented at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games athletes contested Lawn Bowls – a very British touch!
Australia dominated in the pool events, alongside Britain and Canada. The three countries have won 1300 medals in swimming events between them, with other participating countries scraping the bottom of the barrel, sharing 212.
The Brisbane 2018 games took place from the 4 to the 15th of April.
Host nation Australia are the overall winners on the all-time medal table, and they scooped up another 198 this time around to come in first place.
Team GB came in second place, bringing 136 medals home – well done!
Host city Brisbane was founded in 1824, originally as a British penal colony. We can assure you, it’s much nice now.
At Brisbane 2018 there were 275 events across 18 sports – plenty of hours of TV viewing for you on catch-up.
The Brisbane games attracted a worldwide audience of 1.5 billion, and saw 100,000 visitors before and during the event.
Events took place in Brisbane, and also along the Gold Coast – a sunny expanse of golden beaches and great for everyone’s tan between events..
70 teams competed at the Brisbane games, put up in a purpose-built athlete’s village, built to host 6600.
The mascot for the Brisbane games was Borobi, a blue and aqua koala clad in beach gear. His name is a local indigenous word for koala.
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