• 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.
• 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.
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.
• 2. Field events: can be divided into throwing (for example, Discus throw) and jumping (Pole vault).
• 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.
Athletics facts• 2,000 athletes competing in 47 events.• The Athletics track at the Olympic Stadium is a 400m oval.
• 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
• Roberto Parra was European champion in 800m in Stockholm 1996.• He was in Atlanta 1996.• He started running in our school.
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