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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.
Step-By-Step Long Jump Tips From World Champ...
World long jump record-breaker Mike Powell describes good long jumping technique.
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.
Men's Track and Field World Records for Each...
World records in a variety of Track & Field Events
How to Throw a Discus Step-by-Step
Take a look at this step-by-step instruction in basic discus throw technique.
How to Do the High Jump
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the high jump.
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
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.
What's the Proper Technique for Doing the Long...
Step-by-step illustrated instruction in how to perform the long jump.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high 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.
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide 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.
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
Common track and field terms
An A-through-K list of track and field terms.
100 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Men's 800-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Introduction to Middle Distance Running
Introduction to middle distance running
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 High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running events
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.
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
Olympic history, old and new
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
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.
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.
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.
Men’s Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
Learn the shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
Olympic Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
The Greatest Olympic 1500 Ever? El Guerrouj...
Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat waged a memorable duel in the 2004 Olympic 1500-meter final.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
Women's 100-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
High Jump Takeoff Technique
Learn takeoff techniques to get you over the bar.
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Women's 800-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Learn about 400-meter hurdles technique from...
American champion and Olympic finalist Georganne Moline offers her thoughts on how to run the 400 hurdles.
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.
A list of every men's 100-meter world...
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
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.
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
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.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
An Illustrated History of Hurdles
A photographic history of hurdles
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
An Illustrated History of Shot Put
A brief photographic history of the shot put.
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.
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Long Jump Women’s World Records
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
Women's 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
High Jump Bar-Clearance Mechanics
All-American high jumper Holly Thompson tells you how to clear the bar.
Introduction to Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
How to perform the triple jump step-by-step
Step-by-step triple jump technique
Pole Vault Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's pole vault Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
An Illustrated History of the Triple Jump
A photographic history of the triple jump.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
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.
Introduction to Sprints and Relays
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events
Coaching New High Jumpers
How to coach your high jump beginners.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. Track & Field.
An Illustrated History of Discus
A photographic history of the discus throw. Page 2.
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
High Jump Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's high jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Introduction to the Long Jump
Introduction to the Long Jump. Track & Field.
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
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.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
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.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
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.
Olympic Track and Field Champions: Where Are...
Find out what the great Olympic track and field athletes of the past are doing today.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Distance Running
A comprehensive look at Olympic distance running.
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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.
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.
Interview With Olympic Long Jump Champion Bob...
Exclusive interview with record-setting long jumper Bob Beamon.
Introduction to the Pole Vault
Introduction to the track & field pole vault event
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
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.
It's away!
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 8.
Interview With Long Jump World Record-Holder...
Exclusive interview with long jumper Mike Powell
Zelezny pushes forward
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 6.
Backley eyes his target
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 4.
Introduction to the Discus Throw
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event.
Olympic medal-winners in the men's hammer throw
The Men's hammer throw Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
How to Coach the 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Check out these tips for coaching young intermediate hurdlers.
Florence Kiplagat Breaks Half Marathon Record
Florence Kiplagat Breaks Half Marathon World Record
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
Release point
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 7.
Olympic finalist Georganne Moline offers advice...
The 2012 Olympic finalist offers hurdling advice for young athletes and coaches.
Introduction to Long Distance Events
Introduction to Long Distance Events
Learn the discus throw by performing a few...
Drills for beginner and young discus throwers.
The story behind every women’s triple...
The women's world record progression in the triple jump, from 1922 to the present day, including records recognized by the IAAF.
Learning the Hurdles: Walkover Drills
Learning to perform hurdles walkover drills. Developing a lead leg strategy for the hurdles. Coaching hurdlers.
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.
Pole Vault Basics
An overview of the pole vault event.
Spotakova winds up
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 3.
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.
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Women’s 5000-Meter World Records
The women's 5000-meter world record progression, from 1981 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
An Illustrated History of Javelin
A brief photographic history of javelin throwing.
Sprint Mechanics: Turnover
Running tips to help sprinters keep their feet moving quickly.
What is Olympic Discus?
What is Olympic Discus? In this event, throwers spin to generate speed then hurl the metal plate down the field as far as they can. The sport evolved from stone-throwing hunting techniques and, much more recently, inspired the frisbee. The discus also has a proud heritage of its own, dating back to the ancient Greek Olympics.
What is Olympic Heptathlon?
What is Olympic Heptathlon? The women’s-only heptathlon tests the competitors’ overall athletic skills as they take on seven events in a two-day period.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
Hammer Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the hammer throw, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Introduction to Long Distance Running
Introduction to long distance Track & Field running events
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Records
The world record progression in the women's 100-meter hurdles, from 1969 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Manjani-Tzelili readies her release
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 5.
Greatest Moments In Olympic Distance Running
The greatest moments and top achievements in distance running from the first Olympic Games in 1896 to Athens in 2004.
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