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Four Minutes and Beyond: The Fastest Miles Ever...
The greatest men's mile runs in track and field history.
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 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.
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
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.
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.
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
All the world records set in the women's...
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.
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 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.
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.
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
Men’s Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, 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).
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
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.
Learn the shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
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.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
Women's 100-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Advice From a Legend For Success in The Long Jump
World long jump champion Mike Powell offers coaching advice for beginning and established jumpers.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high jump. Track & Field.
Long Jump Women’s World Records
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
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.
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 Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
Women's 800-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
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.
Mac Wilkins' Throwing Tips
Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins offers advice for throwers and coaches.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
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.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
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.
Olympic Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Learn the discus throw by performing a few...
Drills for beginner and young discus throwers.
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
Mary Decker and Zola Budd collide in the 1984...
Biggest controversies in Olympic distance running history.
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 long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
A review of all of the 1928 men's Olympic track...
An event-by-event description of the men's track and field competition at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
Women's 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
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.
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.
An Illustrated History of Shot Put
A brief photographic history of the shot put.
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as 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.
The men's high jump world record progression.
All the men's high jump world records, as recognized by the IAAF.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
An Illustrated History of the Triple Jump
A photographic history of the triple jump.
The story of the ever-changing decathlon world...
Every men's decathlon world record holder, from 1922 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
The Greatest Olympic 1500 Ever? El Guerrouj...
Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat waged a memorable duel in the 2004 Olympic 1500-meter final.
Sprinter Usain Bolt's record-breaking runs at...
How the Jamaican sprint sensation shattered the world records at 100 and 200 meters.
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 look at the 2015 World Championship sprint...
The top track and field World Championship contenders in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter men's and women's events.
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running events
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.
Common track and field terms
An A-through-K list of track and field terms.
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. Track & Field.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
An Illustrated History of Javelin
A brief photographic history of javelin throwing.
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
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.
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.
The Fastest Women's Mile: Svetlana Masterkova
The reluctant runner ran away with the women's mile record in 1996.
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
A history of throwers who've broken the IAAF...
The history of the men's discus throw world record progression, from 1912 to the present.
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
How to perform the triple jump step-by-step
Step-by-step triple jump technique
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
Learn pole vaulting technique from Olympic...
Learn about the pole vault approach run, stride length and how to carry the pole.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
An Illustrated History of Hurdles
A photographic history of hurdles
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
Olympic Decathlon Rules
Rules for the Olympic decathlon. Track & Field.
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
David Rudisha: World Record-holder at 800 Meters
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LaShawn Merritt's Running Tips
Olympic and World champion LaShawn Merritt offers advice on how to run the 400 meters.
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Learning Sprint Mechanics
Learn how to coach sprinters to develop greater speed.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
Introduction to the Heptathlon
Introduction to the Heptathlon. Track & Field.
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.
A preview of the 2015 World Championship middle...
A look at the 2015 World Championship contenders in the 800 and 1500 meters, and the 3000-meter steeplechase.
An Illustrated History of Discus
A photographic history of the discus throw.
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
800 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 800 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
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.
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Walkover drills offer a good first step for...
Learning to perform hurdles walkover drills. Developing a lead leg strategy for the hurdles. Coaching hurdlers.
The basics of the track and field javelin...
Basic information on the track and field javelin throwing event, including technique and world records.
Stories of Olympic Distance Running Stars
What are former Olympic distance runners doing today?
High Jump Basics
Introduction to the high jump. Track & Field.
Olympic Steeplechase Rules
Rules for the Olympic steeplechase event
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.
A look at the basics of sprint and relay...
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events.
Women’s 5000-Meter World Records
The women's 5000-meter world record progression, from 1981 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
5000 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 5000 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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.
Galen Rupp: American Distance Dynamo
A summary of Galen Rupp’s track and field career.
Pole Vault Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's pole vault Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the 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.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Distance Running
A comprehensive look at Olympic distance running.
Justin Gatlin returned from a ban to regain a...
A summary of Justin Gatlin’s track and field career.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
Olympic Track and Field: What's the shot put?
What is the shot put? Here's a comprehensive look at the Olympic event
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Sprints and...
An comprehensive look at Olympic sprints and relays.
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.
An Illustrated History of the Hammer Throw
A photographic history of hammer throwing.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Discus
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Discus Throw
How to Find Pole Vaulters
Pole vault champion Stacy Dragila offers tips on which athletes make the best vaulters.
5-foot sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has...
A summary of sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s track and field career.
High Jump Bar-Clearance Mechanics
All-American high jumper Holly Thompson tells you how to clear the bar.
10,000 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 10,000 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Interview With Long Jump World Record-Holder...
Exclusive interview with long jumper Mike Powell
High Jump Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's high jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Women's Javelin Olympic Medalists
The Women’s javelin throw Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
A list of every women’s world record-hold...
The women's world record progression in the 400-meter hurdles, from 1974 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.

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