England’s medal tally falls behind Australia once again at the Closing Ceremony to conclude the 2022 Commonwealth Games
England secured a record number of medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games, which ended on Monday 8 August 2022.
The past two weeks have been filled with smashes, splashes and surprises as athletes from around the world traveled to Birmingham for the multisport event.
This year was the largest Games ever held with 72 nations and over 5,000 athletes taking part in the competition.
The closing ceremony took place at Alexander Stadium on Monday, when the formal handover to Victoria, who will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, took place.
Paying homage to Birmingham’s industrial history as well as celebrations of West Midlands artists, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all celebrated truly remarkable games with records and broken records.
Which nation has won the most medals?
Australia again topped the medal rankings with a total of 178 medals. They are the most successful nation at the Commonwealth Games, having won a total of 1,001 medals in their history.
Australia’s success came with 67 gold, 57 silver and 54 bronze medals.
England finished second and won more medals than ever before. They enjoyed a total of 57 gold; 66 silver medals and 53 bronze medals.
Scotland enjoyed the most successful ‘away games’ with an overall medal record that finished second to what they achieved in Glasgow in 2014.
Laura Muir and Eilish McColgan secured historic gold medals for Scotland as McColgan enjoyed her first major medal ever when she set a 10,000m game record while Muir dominated the 1500 and 800m.
Team Scotland amassed 51 medals, two fewer than their Glasgow tally, as they finished sixth with 13 gold, 11 silver and 27 bronze medals.
Northern Ireland enjoyed their all-time best games with a total of 18 medals plus a best-ever seven gold medals, while Wales finished with 28 medals, having previously won 36 medals in the last two games.
In which sports was England most successful?
England had phenomenal success in both the diving and gymnastics events. Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix won three medals including two golds when she won gold medals in diving alongside fellow divers Noah Williams, Daniel Goodfellow, Matthew Lee, Jack Laugher and Anthony Harding.
Adam Peaty clinched another gold medal in the men’s 50m breaststroke, while Katarina Johnson-Thompson clinched gold in the women’s heptathlon despite suffering a dip in form over the past two years.
On the podium with KJT was English athlete Jade O’Dowda, who placed third at the event.
A newcomer to the circuit, Joe Fraser, had notable success in his hometown by winning the men’s parallel bars, men’s pommel horse and men’s gymnastics team victory.
The England women repeated the Lionesses’ success as they historically won the gold medal in ice hockey, beating Australia by the same result seen at Wembley just days earlier.
Commonwealth Games medal table 2022
- Australia – 178
- England – 176
- Canada – 92
- India – 61st
- New Zealand – 49th
- Scotland – 51
- Nigeria – 35
- Wales – 28
- South Africa – 27
- Malaysia – 23
- Northern Ireland – 18th
- Jamaica – 15
- Kenya – 21 (six gold, five silver, 10 bronze)
- Singapore 12
- Trinidad and Tobago – 6th
- Uganda – 5
- Cyprus – 11
- Pakistan – 8
- Samoa – 5
When is the next Commonwealth Games?
Victoria, Australia will host the next Games in 2026. The multisport event starts on Tuesday March 17th and ends on Sunday March 29th, 2026.