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  1. 1. ATHLETICS London 2012 and the Olympics
  2. 2. • The ancient Olympic Games featured the stadium race, a sprint of roughly 192m.• Winners in this event have been recorded as far back as 776 BC.
  3. 3. • The first modern Olympic Games in 1896 included a Marathon, which was designed specifically to pay homage to Ancient Greece.• Women have beencompeting in Athleticssince the Amsterdam1928 Olympic Games.
  4. 4. The basicsThere are four main strands to the Athletics competition:• 1. Running events: sprints,middle distance andlong distance events,as well as those thatinclude obstacles suchas the Hurdles and Steeplechase.
  5. 5. • 2. Field events: can be divided into throwing (for example, Discus throw) and jumping (Pole vault).
  6. 6. • 3. Combined events: are a combination of both track and field. These are the Decathlon for men (10 events) and the Heptathlon for women (seven events).• 4. Road events: Marathon and Race Walks.
  7. 7. Athletics facts• 2,000 athletes competing in 47 events.• The Athletics track at the Olympic Stadium is a 400m oval.
  8. 8. • Competition dates: Friday 3 August – Sunday 12 August• Competition venue: Olympic Park –The Mall, nearBuckingham Palace in central London,provides the finish forthe Marathon as wellas the 20km and 50km Race Walks
  9. 9. • Roberto Parra was European champion in 800m in Stockholm 1996.• He was in Atlanta 1996.• He started running in our school.
  10. 10. • To know more about athletics, link here and enjoy the video.