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Four Minutes and Beyond: The Fastest Miles Ever...
The greatest men's mile runs in track and field history.
3 Types of Track and Field Running Events
An overview of the running events you're most likely to see at a track meet, from the 60-meter run to the marathon.
What Are the Fastest Times for Women Running...
The greatest women's mile runs in track and field history.
Men's Track and Field World Records for Each...
World records in a variety of Track & Field Events
Step-By-Step Long Jump Tips From World Champ...
World long jump record-breaker Mike Powell describes good long jumping technique.
How to Do the High Jump
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the high jump.
How to Become an Olympic Track and Field Athlete
Eligibility and qualification standards for athletes hoping to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic track and field team.
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
How Best to Run a 4 x 100 Relay Race
Use these strategies to help your team succeed in the 4 x 100 relay race.
What's the Proper Technique for Doing the Long...
Step-by-step illustrated instruction in how to perform the long jump.
How to Throw a Discus Step-by-Step
Take a look at this step-by-step instruction in basic discus throw technique.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high jump. Track & Field.
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
Advice From a Legend For Success in The Long Jump
World long jump champion Mike Powell offers coaching advice for beginning and established jumpers.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
What Are the Most Common Events at a Track and...
Introductions to all of track and field's running, jumping, throwing and multi-sport events.
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
Olympic history, old and new
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
100 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
Common track and field terms
An A-through-K list of track and field terms.
Track and Field Events: Jumps and Throws
An overview of the jumping and throwing events you may see at a track and field meet, including the long jump and the javelin.
Men’s Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
LaShawn Merritt's Running Tips
Olympic and World champion LaShawn Merritt offers advice on how to run the 400 meters.
Olympic Discus Throw Rules
Twelve competitors qualify for the Olympic discus throw final. In the 2004 Games, 39 men and 42 women participated in their respective qualification rounds prior to the final.
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running events
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
Men's 800-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Why the World's Greatest Athletes Compete in...
What is Olympic Decathlon? Jim Thorpe was dubbed “the world’s greatest athlete” after winning the 1912 Olympic decathlon. His successors inherit that title by competing in 10 events in a grueling, two-day schedule.
Track and Field Events: Hurdling Events, Relays...
An overview of a variety of track and field events, including the hurdles, steeplechase, relays and combined events competition.
Men's 1500-Meter World Records
Track and field men's 1500-meter run world record progression, as recognized by the IAAF. Every 1500-meter male world record-holder, including Hicham El-Guerrouj.
High Jump Approach Technique
How to coach and develop a sound high jumping approach. A high jump approach follows a basic J-style turn, that uses centrifugal force to get around the turn and get up and over the bar.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
Introduction to Middle Distance Running
Introduction to middle distance running
Men’s 5000-Meter World Records
Men's world record progression in the 5000-meter run, from 1912 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Learn the shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
Women's 800-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
A list of every men's 100-meter world...
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Women's 100-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
High Jump Takeoff Technique
Learn takeoff techniques to get you over the bar.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
Men’s Pole Vault World Records
The men’s track and field world record progression in the pole vault as recognized by the IAAF. Records from Marc Wright to Sergey Bubka.
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
The Greatest Olympic 1500 Ever? El Guerrouj...
Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat waged a memorable duel in the 2004 Olympic 1500-meter final.
The World's Fastest Mile: El Guerrouj Breaks...
Hicham El Guerrouj battled Noah Ngeny to the end to earn the world mile record in 1999.
Long Jump Women’s World Records
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Women's 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Men’s 10,000-Meter World Records
The men's world record progression in the 10,000-meter run, from 1911 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
Decathlon Olympic Medalists
Here's a list of the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in the decathlon from the Summer Olympic games. Includes more info about Olympic track & field.
Women’s 5000-Meter World Records
The women's 5000-meter world record progression, from 1981 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Introduction to Sprints and Relays
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault. Page 2.
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. Track & Field.
What is Olympic Distance Running?
What is Olympic distance running? Middle- and long-distance races test the speed, strength and stamina of the competitors in five different events, including marquee races such as the 1500 and the marathon.
Learn the building blocks for the shot put event
Learn the building blocks for the shot put event
Women's 1500-Meter World Records
Women's middle distance track and field world record progression in the 1500 meters. World records recognized by the IAAF plus pre-IAAF world marks.
Coach Beginning Long Jumpers
Few teams will lack volunteers, as long jumping is a fun-looking sport to many young athletes. But not every eager volunteer will be suited to this event.
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
What are Olympic Hurdles?
What are Olympic hurdles? Winners of these events require sprinter’s speed plus precise technique as the competitors glide over their obstacles on their way to the finish line.
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
An Illustrated History of Shot Put
A brief photographic history of the shot put.
Learning Sprint Mechanics
Learn how to coach sprinters to develop greater speed.
Rotational Shot Put: Power Position and Finish
Put yourself in the right position to throw the shot.
Interview With Long Jump World Record-Holder...
Exclusive interview with long jumper Mike Powell
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
High Jump Bar-Clearance Mechanics
All-American high jumper Holly Thompson tells you how to clear the bar.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
The False Start Rule: History and Controversies
Track and field's false start rule has changed over the years; whether for better or worse is a continuing source of discussion.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
High Jump Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the high jump, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Coaching New High Jumpers
How to coach your high jump beginners.
Learning the Hurdles: Walkover Drills
Learning to perform hurdles walkover drills. Developing a lead leg strategy for the hurdles. Coaching hurdlers.
The record-breaking track and field career of...
Everything you'd want to know about Russian Olympic pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva's track and field career.
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
Introduction to Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
Mac Wilkins' Throwing Tips
Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins offers advice for throwers and coaches.
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
How to Find Pole Vaulters
Pole vault champion Stacy Dragila offers tips on which athletes make the best vaulters.
What Are Olympic Sprints and Relays?
What are Olympic sprint and relay races? They are among the most fast-paced, energetic and exciting events in the Olympic Games. One misstep in a short sprint race can mean the difference between a gold medal and no medal at all.
What is Olympic Steeplechase?
What is Olympic Steeplechase? It’s the Duckbilled Platypus of the track and field world, combining several different skills into one event, including distance running, hurdling and long jumping.
Long Jump Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the long jump, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Introduction to the Long Jump
Introduction to the Long Jump. Track & Field.
What is Olympic Long Jump?
What is Olympic Long Jump? An event that requires great speed, the Olympic long jump frequently features standout sprinters challenging long jump specialists for gold medal glory.
An Illustrated History of Hurdles
A photographic history of hurdles. Page 2.
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump. Page 2.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles World Records
The men's world record progression in the 110-meter hurdles event, from 1908 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
Introduction to the Pole Vault
Introduction to the track & field pole vault event
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
What is Olympic High Jump?
What is Olympic High Jump? A sport that features fast and flexible athletes leaping tall crossbars in a single bound, the high jump can also be a highly dramatic Olympic event in which two centimeters (about three-quarters of an inch) is often the difference between gold and silver.
Pole Vault Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's pole vault Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
High Jump Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s high jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
The story behind every men’s triple jump...
The men's world record progression in the triple jump, from 1912 to the present day, as recognized by the IAAF.
Stories of Olympic Distance Running Stars
What are former Olympic distance runners doing today?
Learn the discus throw by performing a few...
Drills for beginner and young discus throwers.
How to Coach the 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Check out these tips for coaching young intermediate hurdlers.
Men's Indoor World Records
Men's indoor records recognized by the IAAF.
Women's Pole Vault Records
The women's track and field pole vault world record progression, as recognized by the IAAF. Records-breakers from 1992 to the present, including Stacy Dragila and Yelena Isinbayeva.
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes. Helpful advice for young hurdlers who want to improve their craft. coaching hurdles. hurdles training.
Mary Decker and Zola Budd collide in the 1984...
Biggest controversies in Olympic distance running history.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
Introduction to the Discus Throw
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event.
What is Olympic Race Walking?
What is Olympic race walking? These are events that require great stamina (the 50-kilometer version is longer than the marathon) plus precise attention to proper technique to avoid committing a dreaded “lifting” infraction.
Brian Diemer Interview: Training the Athlete's...
Coach and former Olympic steeplechase bronze medalist Brian Diemer believes an athlete's mind set can impact his training.
David Rudisha: World Record-holder at 800 Meters
David Rudisha, 800-meters, 800-meter runner, David Rudisha 800-meters, David Rudisha Kenya, David Rudisha world record 800 meters, David Rudisha 800-meter runner, David Rudisha 1:41.01
What is Olympic Shot Put?
What is Olympic Shot Put? It’s considered one of the throwing events but these competitors put, don’t throw, the metal ball as far as their strength and technique will permit
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
Carl Lewis Wins Four Olympic Gold Medals in 1984
American Carl Lewis matched Jesse Owens' feat by winning four gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
A list of every men’s world record-holder...
The men's world record progression in the 400-meter hurdles, from 1912 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Learn how Olympic medalist Brigetta Barrett...
The 2012 Olympic silver medalist was a high school and college star before bursting onto the international track and field scene
Introduction to Long Distance Events
Introduction to Long Distance Events
Rotational Shot Put: Stance and Start
Learn how to set up and begin a spin shot put throw.
The Basics of the 300 Intermediate Hurdles Event
Read about the intermediate hurdles event and find out the key qualities of a strong intermediate hurdler.
Spin cycle
View action photographs of the shot put, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 4.
Women’s 10,000-Meter World Records
The women's world record progression in the 10,000-meter run, from 1967 to the present, including unofficial and IAAF-ratified records.
How to perform the triple jump step-by-step
Step-by-step triple jump technique
Pole Vault Basics
An overview of the pole vault event.
The men's high jump world record progression.
All the men's high jump world records, as recognized by the IAAF.
Event 6: Javelin throw
View action photographs of the heptathlon, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 6.
Read about Olympian Brigetta Barrett's mental...
2012 Olympian Brigetta Barrett says there's more to the high jump than just technical proficiency.
Drug Testing Scandals: Olympic Sprint...
Biggest controversies in Olympic sprint history.
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