There are many popular games where people participate. Most of them are team games. However, if you take a look at Athletics participation, you will find quite a few and most are individual events. However, the amount of training and preparation that goes into it is commendable. How many people are fully aware of the events that are part of athletics? Most people know only some of the national and international series.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has the following events listed under Athletics.
• track events
1. Competitive Race: This includes:
i. [Distance] Short distances called Sprints.
ii. [Distance] average distances
iii. [Distance] Long distance
IV. Hurdle Distances: This includes running hurdles on the track.
One has to successfully overcome obstacles and reach the goal to achieve it.
v. Obstacle Course – Similar to the Hurdling events, except the course here would contain obstacles as well as waterfalls.
saw. [Team event] Relay – Middle Distance: Here each member has to run a specific distance, carrying a ‘witness’. Once he covers his distance, he has to hand over the baton to his other team member, who starts running his distance from there. Example: 4 x 100m relay.
vii. [Team event] Relay – Long Distance.
2. Walking: This is another event where people have to cover a distance by walking. There are variants like brisk walking, running walking, etc. where speed and distances vary.
• Field events
1. Jumping Events: These events involve the athlete jumping towards a certain target.
a. horizontal distance
i. Long Jump: Here the athlete reaches a certain speed through a short distance sprint and then has to jump over a sand pit covering the maximum possible horizontal distance.
ii. Triple Jump – Similar to the long jump, except that the run is replaced with a jump and a step or jump. This is followed by the final jump covering a good horizontal distance.
b. Vertical Distance/Height
i. High Jump: Here the athlete has to clear a hurdle along the vertical scale or has to clear a hurdle placed at a certain height.
ii. Pole Vault: This is similar to the high jump, except that one has to clear the obstacle by jumping from the support of a long, flexible pole.
2. Throwing Events: These events involve the athlete throwing a certain implement and measuring the horizontal distance of the throw.
a. Shot put
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