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World Masters Games

The World Masters Games started in 1985, no doubt in response to seeing the success of the World Masters Athletics Championships in the preceding 10 years.

The World Masters Games are more akin to the Olympics, covering many different sports, with the World Masters Championships being a parallel to the IAAF World Championships. In contrast to those, however, the WMA Champs are the more prestigious championships and the World Masters Games are the second tier event.

Records are not tracked and the event is not eligible for records due to the general lack of compliance to IAAF/WMA standards.

This second tier nature of the Games is more apparent at the NZ Masters Games level, where the majority of winning competitors would be last or near last in the results of the NZ Masters Athletics Champs.

The event pages present the names recorded in the results so don't take what would appear to be famous people or fictional characters as genuine - I'm pretty sure it wasn't the real Santa Claus winning bronze in the M80s in 2009!

Obtaining historic results for the WMG events is a challenge as there doesn't seem to have been much desire to record results for the earlier years. Even the more recent years have some gaps.

Outside of core track and field, the events on offer vary each championship. Results are presented for the standard championship events.

The relay results are not presented due to the common practice of teams being composites of any athletes forming teams, rather than national representation.

The 10km road race and half marathon appear to be held concurrently, preventing anyone competing in both. Similarly, the 10km and 20km road walks. I would hope the Games would recognise that these events would attract the same participants rather than dilute the fields for both by splintering the entries.

Standard Championship Events

100m 200m 400m
800m 1500m 5000m
Cross Country 10km Road Half Marathon
Short Hurdles Long Hurdles Steeplechase
5000m Track 10km Road 20km Road


Long High Triple Pole Vault
Shot Put Javelin Discus Hammer Weight
Combined Events
Decathlon/Heptathlon Pentathlon Weight Pentathon


Ch # Year Region Country City


10 2021 Asia Japan Kansai May
9 2017 Oceania New Zealand Auckland April
8 2013 Europe Italy Turin August
7 2009 Oceania Australia Sydney October
6 2005 North & Central America Canada Edmonton July
5 2002 Oceania Australia Melbourne October
4 1998 North & Central America USA Portland August
3 1994 Oceania Australia Brisbane October
2 1989 Europe Denmark Aalborg, Aarhus & Herning July
1 1985 North & Central America Canada Toronto August

Results are missing prior to 1998 and there are some gaps in the 2009 record.


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  Last Updated 27 May 2023