Track and field athletics is a sporting activity that tests a person’s skills of running, jumping and throwing. These events take place in a stadium that consists of an oval running track which encompasses a large area where some of the jumping and throwing activities take place.
The running events include middle to long distance running, sprints, race walking and hurdling and are all measured in metres. So for example, one could compete in the 100m sprint event or the 200m hurdles. The races are won according to who achieves the fastest time, and often in competitions, there are pools to compete in before reaching the final medal race.
In the jumping activities, competitors battle against each other to achieve the greatest heights high jump and pole vault, and the greatest lengths in the triple jump.
The throwing events consist of four main activities: shot put, javelin, discus and the hammer throw. Those are all unique items or different weights, shapes and sizes and therefore require different techniques to throw each one.
Among the track and field activities, athletic sports are the combined events. One of these is the pentathlon which consists of five events; hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump and a middle-distance run. This varies between gender, with the hurdles being 110m for men and 100m for women, and the middle distance runs being 1500m for men and 800m for women. The heptathlon adds javelin and a 200m sprint.
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