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Track & Field: Most Popular Articles

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Four Minutes and Beyond: The Fastest Miles Ever...
The greatest men'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
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.
What Are the Fastest Times for Women Running...
The greatest women's mile runs in track and field history.
Women's 100-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Step-By-Step Long Jump Tips From World Champ...
World long jump record-breaker Mike Powell describes good long jumping technique.
Men’s Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
How to Throw a Discus Step-by-Step
Take a look at this step-by-step instruction in basic discus throw technique.
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
How to Do the High Jump
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the high jump.
100 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
A list of every men's 100-meter world...
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
Mary Decker and Zola Budd collide in the 1984...
Biggest controversies in Olympic distance running history.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
What's the Proper Technique for Doing the Long...
Step-by-step illustrated instruction in how to perform the long jump.
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
Stories of Olympic Distance Running Stars
What are former Olympic distance runners doing today?
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 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high jump. Track & Field.
Advice From a Legend For Success in The Long Jump
World long jump champion Mike Powell offers coaching advice for beginning and established jumpers.
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
Long Jump Women’s World Records
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
Men's 800-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
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.
Women's 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. 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.
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.
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
Women's 800-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 800-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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
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.
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.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
Olympic Distance Running Rules
Rules for Olympic distance running events
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
Introduction to the Heptathlon
Introduction to the Heptathlon. Track & Field.
LaShawn Merritt's Running Tips
Olympic and World champion LaShawn Merritt offers advice on how to run the 400 meters.
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.
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
Olympic Decathlon Rules
Rules for the Olympic decathlon. Track & Field.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
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.
Sally Pearson: Sprint Hurdles Star
A summary of hurdler Sally Pearson’s track and field career.
Olympic Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
The Best 2013 World Championship Women’s...
Previewing the women's sprint field for the 2013 outdoor World Track and Field Championships.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
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 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.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
Usain Bolt: Record-Breaking Sprint Star
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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 shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long 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.
Introduction to Middle Distance Running
Introduction to middle distance running
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
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.
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 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.
Learning Sprint Mechanics
Learn how to coach sprinters to develop greater speed.
Olympic history, old and new
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
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.
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.
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
Interview With Long Jump World Record-Holder...
Exclusive interview with long jumper Mike Powell
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: Standing Tall on the...
A summary of sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s track and field career.
What is the Olympic Hammer Throw?
What is the Olympic Hammer Throw? It has nothing to do carpenters or nails, although early practioners actually threw sledgehammers. Modern Olympic hammer throwers can fling the shot put-sized ball incredible distances.
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 Shot Put
A brief photographic history of the shot put.
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.
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.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Distance Running
A comprehensive look at Olympic distance running.
800 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 800 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
400-Meter Hurdles Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400-meter hurdles Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games
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.
High Jump Takeoff Technique
Learn takeoff techniques to get you over the bar.
Justin Gatlin: Controversial Sprint Star
A summary of Justin Gatlin’s track and field career.
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
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.
Kenenisa Bekele: Golden Distance Runner
Everything you'd want to know about Ethiopian Olympic distance runner Kenenisa Bekele
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
Introduction to Sprints and Relays
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events
Mo Farah: Distance Double Threat
A summary of British World Champion Mo Farah’s track and field career.
A profile of shot put star Valerie Vili Adams'...
A summary of New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams' track and field career.
The Best 2013 World Championship Men’s...
Previewing the men’s distance field for the 2013 outdoor World Track and Field Championships.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
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.
Introduction to the Discus Throw
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event.
Women’s 5000-Meter World Records
The women's 5000-meter world record progression, from 1981 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
High Jump Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's high jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
An Illustrated History of the Hammer Throw
A photographic history of hammer throwing.
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.
Men's Javelin Olympic Medalists
The Men's javelin throw Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
Coaching New High Jumpers
How to coach your high jump beginners.
Olympic Steeplechase Rules
Rules for the Olympic steeplechase event
Sprint Mechanics: Turnover
Running tips to help sprinters keep their feet moving quickly.
The Fastest Women's Mile: Svetlana Masterkova
The reluctant runner ran away with the women's mile record in 1996.
Shot Put Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's shot put Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
An Illustrated History of Javelin
A brief photographic history of javelin throwing.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Race Walking
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Race Walking
Planting the Pole
Teach beginning vaulters how to plant the pole.
Shot Put Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the shot put, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Marathon Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Marathon Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games
The Best 2013 World Championship Women’s...
Previewing the women’s distance field for the 2013 outdoor World Track and Field Championships.
400 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Introduction to Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
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.
High Jump Bar-Clearance Mechanics
All-American high jumper Holly Thompson tells you how to clear the bar.
5000 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 5000 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Introduction to Hammer Throwing
Introduction to Hammer Throwing. Track & Field.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
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