The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held between 25 July-Aug 4, 2002.
- The Games returned to England for only the second time in their history. The previous English hosts were London in 1934, even though Great Britain – England, Scotland and Wales – have between them hosted six of the 17 Games.
- Australia (82 gold), England (54 gold) and Canada (31 gold) occupied the top three spots while India for the first time made it to the top five with 30 gold, as New Zealand with 11 gold were fifth.
- One of the smallest nations captured one of the most prized medals in Manchester when Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, sprinted to victory in the 100m.
A total of 17 disciplines, the highest ever were held at Manchester and a total of 72 countries came for the games. The disciplines held were aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, judo, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.