Portal:Sport of athletics
Athletics is a group of sporting events that involves competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and racewalking.
The results of racing events are decided by finishing position (or time, where measured), while the jumps and throws are won by the athlete that achieves the highest or furthest measurement from a series of attempts. The simplicity of the competitions, and the lack of a need for expensive equipment, makes athletics one of the most common types of sports in the world. Athletics is mostly an individual sport, with the exception of relay races and competitions which combine athletes' performances for a team score, such as cross country.
Organized athletics are traced back to the Ancient Olympic Games from 776 BC. The rules and format of the modern events in athletics were defined in Western Europe and North America in the 19th and early 20th century, and were then spread to other parts of the world. Most modern top level meetings are held under the auspices of World Athletics, the global governing body for the sport of athletics, or its member continental and national federations. (Full article...)
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The World Athletics Indoor Tour, formerly the IAAF World Indoor Tour, is an annual series of indoor track and field meetings, held since 2016. It was designed to create a Diamond League-style circuit for indoor track and field events, to raise the profile of indoor track and field, and replaced the IAAF Indoor Permit Meetings series.
The tour was announced with initially four meetings, three in Europe and one in the United States, leading to the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Winners of the Tour enjoy similar privileges in relation to World Indoor Championships qualification as Diamond League winners do in relation to the World Athletics Championships. The tour was initially in place for two years.
The Düsseldorf leg was added for the 2017 Tour, and the Stockholm leg was replaced by the International Copernicus Cup, a long-standing indoor event in Torún, Poland. In 2018, the tour became a permanent fixture, and the Meeting Ville de Madrid was added as the sixth event on the tour. For 2020, the tour added a seventh leg in Lievin, France.
In 2021, the tour expanded by introducing three levels of competition: Gold, Silver and Bronze, mirroring the expanded outdoor World Athletics Continental Tour. In 2022, the tour expanded with the fourth tier: Challenger.
The tour is organised to allow for major indoor championships including the World Athletics Indoor Championships and the European Athletics Indoor Championships and, where appropriate, national championships and trials. (Full article...)
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- Leslie Djhone, French sprinter
- Arsi Harju, Finnish shot putter
- Aleksandr Kharlov, Soviet hurdler
- Hannu Siitonen, Finnish javelin thrower
- Ray Stewart, Jamaican sprinter and coach
- Christine Laser, German pentathlete
- Sergey Makarov, Russian javelin thrower
- Cydonie Mothersille, Caymanian sprinter
- Arnold Viiding, Estonian shot putter
- Jerome Biffle, American long jumper
- Erwin Blask, German hammer thrower
- Vadim Devyatovskiy, Belarusian hammer thrower
- Lacena Golding-Clarke, Jamaican hurdler
- Natalya Khrushchelyova, Russian middle-distance runner
- Yelena Romanova, Russian middle- and long-distance runner
- Sally Barsosio, Kenyan distance runner
- Ejegayehu Dibaba, Ethiopian sprinter
- Hauke Fuhlbrügge, German middle-distance runner
- Charlie Greene, American sprinter
- Marlies Göhr, German sprinter
- Martina Hrašnová, Slovakian hammer thrower
- Vladimir Kanaykin, Russian race walker
- Balázs Kiss, Hungarian hammer thrower
- Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian distance runner
- Shuhei Nishida, Japanese pole vaulter
- Walter Tewksbury, American sprinter and hurdler
- Derartu Tulu, Ethiopian distance runner
- Alfred Tysoe, British middle-distance runner
- Bärbel Wöckel, German sprinter
- Armin Hary, German sprinter
- Hwang Young-cho, Korean distance runner
- Staņislavs Olijars, Latvian hurdler
- António Pinto, Portuguese distance runner
- Michel Théato, Luxembourgish-French distance runner
- Zhang Wenxiu, Chinese hammer thrower
- Platt Adams, American standing jumper
- Roger Bannister, British middle-distance runner
- Jerry Cornes, British middle-distance runner
- Mo Farah, British distance runner
- Frank Irons, American long jumper
- Ana Fidelia Quirot, Cuban middle-distance runner
- Floyd Heard, American sprinter
- Albert Hill, British middle-distance runner
- Periklís Iakovákis, Greek hurdler
- Lucy Wangui Kabuu, Kenyan distance runner
- Emmit King, American sprinter
- Sergey Klyugin, Russian high jumper
- Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler
- William Porter, American hurdler
- Torsten Voss, German decathlete
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Walter Dix (born January 31, 1986) is a retired American sprinter who specialized in the 100 meters and 200 meters. He is the sixth-fastest 200-meter runner ever with a best of 19.53 seconds, and has broken the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters, with a best of 9.88 (9.80w) seconds. He was the only track athlete from USA to win 2 individual Olympic medals in Beijing.
Dix was a highly successful amateur athlete, setting a state record in the 100 m and trying out for the US Olympic Team at the age of eighteen. He joined Florida State University and in his first year he broke the 100 m American junior record and won at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. After a fourth-place finish at the 2005 US Championships, Dix continued with his collegiate success, setting an NCAA record of 19.69 seconds in the 200 m and coming within one hundredth of the 100 m record. He completed a 100 m, 200 m, and 4×100 meter relay sweep at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the first to do so since John Carlos in 1969. He closed his amateur career in 2008: another NCAA 200 m title made him the third most decorated track athlete in NCAA history, and he won gold and silver at the 2008 US Olympic Trials.
Dix turned professional in mid-2008, signing a multimillion-dollar contract with Nike. He reached the Olympic finals in the 100 and 200 m, and won two bronze medals; the only American track athlete to win two individual medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He suffered an injury at the 2009 US Championships, thus missing out on the World Championships, and a contract dispute with his agent resulted in only a handful of appearances that season. In 2011 he was both the 100 and 200 m American champion and won silver medals in the events at the 2011 World Championships. An injury at the 2012 Olympic trials meant he missed a second Olympic appearance. (Full article...)
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- ... that pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw won her eighth national title at the 2020 British Athletics Championships?
- ... that German runner Alica Schmidt, who is running in the Women's 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics, has won multiple European junior relay medals?
- ... that at the 2022 British Indoor Athletics Championships, Lorraine Ugen equalled the championship long jump record?
- ... that Marthe Yankurije, who dropped out of school during her fourth year of secondary school, competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics?
- ... that every competitor at the 2021 British Athletics Marathon and 20km Walk Trial received a commemorative bonsai tree?
|100 m||Usain Bolt||9.58||Florence Griffith Joyner||10.49|
|200 m||Usain Bolt||19.19||Florence Griffith Joyner||21.34|
|400 m||Wayde van Niekerk||43.03||Marita Koch||47.60|
|800 m||David Rudisha||1:40.91||Jarmila Kratochvílová||1:53.28|
|1500 m||Hicham El Guerrouj||3:26.00||Genzebe Dibaba||3:50.07|
|3000 m||Daniel Komen||7:20.67||Wang Junxia||8:06.11|
|5000 m||Joshua Cheptegei||12:35.36||Letesenbet Gidey||14:06.62|
|10,000 m||Joshua Cheptegei||26:11.00||Letesenbet Gidey||29:01.03|
|Half marathon||Jacob Kiplimo||57:31||Letesenbet Gidey||1:02:52|
|Marathon||Eliud Kipchoge||2:01:39||Brigid Kosgei||2:14:04|
|3000 m steeplechase||Saif Saaeed Shaheen||7:53.63||Beatrice Chepkoech||8:44.32|
|110 / 100 m hurdles||Aries Merritt||12.80||Tobi Amusan||12.12|
|400 m hurdles||Karsten Warholm||45.94||Sydney McLaughlin||50.68|
|High jump||Javier Sotomayor||2.45 m||Stefka Kostadinova||2.09 m|
|Pole vault||Armand Duplantis||6.21 m||Yelena Isinbayeva||5.06 m|
|Long jump||Mike Powell||8.95 m||Galina Chistyakova||7.52 m|
|Triple jump||Jonathan Edwards||18.29 m||Yulimar Rojas||15.74 m|
|Shot put||Ryan Crouser||23.37 m||Natalya Lisovskaya||22.63 m|
|Discus throw||Jürgen Schult||74.08 m||Gabriele Reinsch||76.80 m|
|Hammer throw||Yuriy Sedykh||86.74 m||Anita Włodarczyk||82.98 m|
|Javelin throw||Jan Železný||98.48 m||Barbora Špotáková||72.28 m|
|Decathlon/Heptathlon||Kevin Mayer||9126 pts.||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||7291 pts.|
|20 km racewalk||Vladimir Kanaykin||1:17:16||Liu Hong||1:24:38|
|50 km racewalk||Yohann Diniz||3:32:33||Lindsay Pelas||—|
|4×100 m relay||Jamaica||36.84||United States||40.82|
|4×400 m relay||United States||2:54.29||Soviet Union||3:15.17|
It's from the first edition (1896 Summer Olympics), that Athletics has been considered the "Queen" of the Olympics. Since then there have been a series of competitions organized at world level, than at the continental level. Furthermore, the Athletics is the main sport of nearly all multi-sport events such as Universiade, Mediterranean Games or Pan American Games. The following list refers to the main Athletics competitions that take place in the world.
|Event||1st edition||Kind of competition||Can participate|
|Olympic Games||1896||World games|
|World Championships||1983||World championships|
|World Indoor Championships||1985|
|European Championships||1934||Continental championships|
|European Indoor Championships||1966|
|South American Championships||1919|
- Australia: Athletics Australia (AA)
- Brazil: Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt)
- Canada: Athletics Canada (AC)
- Czech: Czech Athletics Federation (ČAS)
- France: Fédération française d'athlétisme (FFA)
- Germany: German Athletics Association (DLV)
- Italy: Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL)
- Jamaica: Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)
- Japan: Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF)
- Kenya: Athletics Kenya (AK)
- China: Chinese Athletic Association
- Norway: Norwegian Athletics Association
- Romania: Romanian Athletics Federation
- Spain: Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA)
- Great Britain: UK Athletics (UKA)
- United States: USA Track & Field (USATF)
- Wales: Welsh Athletics (WA)
- England: Amateur Athletic Association of England (AAA)
- Scotland: Scottishathletics
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