Student Name: Alan She Date: 5/24/10 Track and Field
Events • Footraces • Sprints • Middle distance • Long distance • Relays • Hurdling • Jumping • Long jump • Triple jump • High jump • Pole vault • Throwing • Shot put • Discus throw • Javelin throw • Hammer throw • Combined events
Olympics and World Championships The major global track and field competitions are both held under the scope of athletics. Track and field contests make up the majority of events on the Olympic athletics programmed which occurs every four years. Track and field events have held a prominent position at the Summer Olympics since its inception in 1896, and the events are typically held in the main stadium of the Olympics. Events such as the 100 meters receive some of the highest levels of media coverage of any Olympic sporting event. The other two major international competition for track and field are organized by the IAAF. The IAAF had selected the Olympic competition as its world championship event in 1913, but a separate world championships for athletics alone was first held in 1983 – the IAAF World Championships in Athletics. The championships comprised track and field competitions plus the marathon and race walking competitions. Initially, this worked on a quadrennial basis but, after 1991, it changed to a biennial format. In terms of indoor track and field, the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics has been held every two years since 1985 and this is the only world championships that consists of solely track and field events.