Does Australia Dominate the Commonwealth Games?

By Ryan White Updated: February 2023

With 178 medals the answer is simply yes. 67 of them were gold, 57 were silver and 54 were bronze. England and Canada may have been close behind but the Commonwealth Games are definitely a showcase for Australian sporting success. 

Aussies medal count goes up at Commonwealth Games

The gold medal tally is super impressive. The first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930 and the country with the  Gold Coast has amassed 1001 gold medals. The 1000th medal was won by a group of Diamonds with a thrilling victory over Jamaica in the Netball finals. 

Even though Australian sports stars have dominated this event Birmingham 2022 has not been Australia’s top medal haul. When the Games were held in Melbourne Australia bagged an impressive 221 medals. That gives us high hopes for 2026.

Evaluating Australia’s performance in the 2022 Commonwealth Games

With swimming, cycling and athletics being the main source of medals it is interesting to note Australia’s dominated shooting and weightlifting. Australia is managed to snap 25 out of a possible 52 golds in swimming.

Female Dominance In The Commonwealth Games

This year there were two more opportunities for women to win medals. The T20 cricket and synchronised diving gave women the edge. Australia’s women’s team succeeded as India slumped. Jess Jonassen was superb with an LBW for Yastika Bhatia.

Emma McKeon won 6 gold medals and a silver and a bronze. She now tops the list of most commonwealth medals of all time. She has 20, of which 14 are gold.  

There is a new kid on the block.  Mollie O’Callaghan actually beat McKeon in the 100m freestyle. It was an amazing victory for the 18-year-old who beat her idol.

Individual Winners 

Maddison Keeney won the final Aussie gold in the  Women’s Diving 3m Springboard and five golds on the first day its been a non-stop haul for the individuals. Jessica Stenson won gold in the marathon. 

The first world record of the games was achieved by Katja Dedekind in the 50M freestyle with an astonishing time of 26.56 seconds.

The cyclists also triumphed with Matt Richardson pocketing the gold for the Women’s Road Cycling Individual Time Trial. 

Australian Team Medal Sucess 

Men’s hockey is hotly contested. The Indian team have dominated the men’s game in the past. This year the Kookaburras tore India apart 7-0. 

With another team gold in the women’s Rugby 7’s. Australia has a knack for team games. Great pride for our nation. These games have proved that. 

Australia is certainly a country to bet on when considering having a flutter at a sportsbook online. Bear that in mind when you do. 

2022 Commonwealth Games: The Closing  Ceremony

It was an exciting night for the people of Birmingham as they celebrated their hosting duties coming to a close. The organizers handed over these responsibilities with gratitude, pride and thankfulness inasmuch as it has been such an honour – not just locally but also across Australia! 

There were many colourful moments showcasing both old traditions from overseas while at times reflecting on how much things have changed since then due to what we’ve seen happen around us here today. But Australian athletes have dominated proceedings. It’s coming home, Australia.

2026 Commonwealth Games: The Handover Ceremony

Indigenous elders Aunty Lena Morris, Uncle Rodney Carter, Aunty Joy Oldaker and Uncle Andrew Gardine delivered a smoking ceremony that included handing over message sticks to Birmingham 2022 organisers as well as chairperson Dame Louise Martin of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

A performance by Indigenous superstar Baker Boy put on a show alongside singers Taylor Henderson and Vanessa Amorosi before Prince Edward pronounced the Games over. Birmingham superstar legendary rockers Black Sabbath closed the show.

England and Birmingham may have outdone themselves with pomp and ceremony but the heart and soul of Australia will be on show in four years’ time.