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Four Minutes and Beyond: The Fastest Miles Ever...
The greatest men's mile runs in track and field history.
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.
What's the Proper Technique for Doing the Long...
Step-by-step illustrated instruction in how to perform the long jump.
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.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
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 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 every men's track and field event, as recognized by the IAAF.
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high jump. Track & Field.
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.
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.
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
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.
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.
Every men's medalist in the Olympic decathlon...
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track and Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. 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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
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.
High Jump Takeoff Technique
Learn takeoff techniques to get you over the bar.
Learn the shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
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.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
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.
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 Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
Every world record in the women's long jump,...
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
Olympic Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running events
The basics of the track and field javelin...
Basic information on the track and field javelin throwing event, including technique and world records.
Common track and field terms
An A-through-K list of track and field terms.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
Every world record in the women's 800-meter...
Every women's world record in track and field's 800-meter event, as recognized by the IAAF, from 1922 until now.
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...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
All the Olympic medalists in the men's...
A listing of all the men's Olympic 100-meter gold, silver and bronze medal winners, from the 1896 Athens Games to the London Olympics of 2012.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
The story of the women's mile record-holder,...
Reluctant runner Svetlana Masterkova ran away with the women's mile record in 1996.
Hicham El Guerrouj aimed at the mile record in...
Hicham El Guerrouj battled Noah Ngeny to the end to break the world mile record in 1999.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
Olympic history, old and new
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
Every men's 800-meter world record, from 1912...
All of the men's track and field world records in the 800-meter run, from 1912 until the present day, as recognized by the IAAF.
A photographic history of the track and field...
A brief photographic history of the shot put.
Learn the discus throw by performing a few...
Drills for beginner and young discus throwers.
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.
Introduction to Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
How to Coach the 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Check out these tips for coaching young intermediate hurdlers.
All the women who set world records in the...
The women's 200-meter world record progression, as recognized by the IAAF, from 1922 to the present.
A history of the track and field pole vault...
A photographic history of pole vault
Sprinter Usain Bolt's record-breaking runs at...
How the Jamaican sprint sensation shattered the world records at 100 and 200 meters.
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.
The men's high jump world record progression.
All the men's high jump world records, 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.
High Jump Bar-Clearance Mechanics
All-American high jumper Holly Thompson tells you how to clear the bar.
A list of every men's 100-meter world record in...
All the world records in the men's 100-meter run, from 1912 until the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
How the discus throw differs from rotational...
How the spin shot put differs from the discus throw.
How to Find Pole Vaulters
Pole vault champion Stacy Dragila offers tips on which athletes make the best vaulters.
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Jumping Technique
A collection of articles describing long jump, high jump, pole vault and triple jump techniques.
Coaching New High Jumpers
How to coach your high jump beginners.
Every men's javelin throw world record, from...
A list of every men's world record in the javelin throw, beginning in 1912, as recognized by the IAAF.
Men's world records in the 400-meter sprint,...
The men's world record progression in the 400-meter run, from 1912 through the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
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 Greatest Olympic 1500 Ever? El Guerrouj...
Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat waged a memorable duel in the 2004 Olympic 1500-meter final.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
Every Olympic 200-meter men's medalist, from...
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
How coaches can discover and train their shot...
How coaches can build their shot put lineups.
A history of the track and field triple jump...
A photographic history of the triple jump.
The basics of the 10-event track and field...
A basic introduction to one of track and field's greatest challenges: the 10-event decathlon competition.
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.
Pole Vault Basics
An overview of the pole vault event.
Developing a Stride Pattern in the 300...
Learn the importance of a good stride pattern in the intermediate hurdles event.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing 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.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes. Helpful advice for young hurdlers who want to improve their craft. coaching hurdles. hurdles training.
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
Learning Sprint Mechanics
Learn how to coach sprinters to develop greater speed.
Mac Wilkins' Throwing Tips
Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins offers advice for throwers and coaches.
How to perform the triple jump step-by-step
Step-by-step triple jump technique
find out how Jesse Owens won four gold medals...
Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic four-gold-medal triumph in Berlin meant as much off the track as on.
Detailing the 2015 World Championship long jump...
A look at the horizontal jumping events - the long jump and triple jump - from the 2015 Beijing World Championships.
Olympic Steeplechase Rules
Rules for the Olympic steeplechase event
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.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
Learning the proper form is a key to mastering...
Young hurdlers can perform a variety of drills to improve their technique. learning proper hurdling form. coaching young hurdlers. hurdles practice.
Long Jump Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the long jump, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer 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.
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A photographic look at the history of...
A brief photographic history of javelin throwing.
A look at the basics of sprint and relay...
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events.
Walkover drills offer a good first step for...
Learning to perform hurdles walkover drills. Developing a lead leg strategy for the hurdles. Coaching hurdlers.
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 Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A list of every men's Olympic long jump...
The men's long jump gold, silver and bronze medalists from the Summer Olympic Games, from 1896 through 2012.
The history of the track and field discus throw...
A photographic history of the discus throw.
Learn pole vaulting technique from Olympic...
Learn about the pole vault approach run, stride length and how to carry the pole.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
Sprint Mechanics: Turnover
Running tips to help sprinters keep their feet moving quickly.
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.
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
The record-breaking track and field career of...
Everything you'd want to know about Russian Olympic-champion and record-setting pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva's track and field career.
Mary Decker and Zola Budd collide in the 1984...
Biggest controversies in Olympic distance running history.
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
Learn beginner drills to help develop young...
Learn the drills that can help young shot putters improve their form
Introduction to the Pole Vault
Introduction to the track & field pole vault event
All the medal-winning Olympic women in the...
A list of all of the women’s Olympic 100-meter gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the 100-meter run, from 1928 to the present day.
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, 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.
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.
A complete list of the men's Olympic high jump...
All of the men's Olympic high jump gold, silver and bronze medal winners, from 1896 through the 2012 London Games.
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
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.
Learn the building blocks for the shot put event
Learn the building blocks for the shot put event
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.
A profile of Kenyan 800-meter sprint champion...
A review of Kenyan 800-meter Olympic champion and world record-breaker David Rudisha's track and field career.
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.
Rotational Shot Put: Stance and Start
Learn how to set up and begin a spin shot put throw.
Olympic Champion Stacy Dragila Talks Pole Vault...
Stacy Dragila offers advice on learing and coaching the pole vault.
The complete list of men's Olympic 400-meter...
A list of the men's 400-meter gold, silver and bronze medal winners from the Olympic Games, from 1896 through the present day.
Olympic Highlights: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Wins...
Jackie Joyner-Kersee is the only athlete to win three consecutive Olympic multi-events medals.
4 x 400-meter relay tips for aligning runners...
Techniques to help 4 x 400-meter relay runners execute safe exchanges, and to line up correctly before receiving the baton.
Learn how to plant the pole for a successful...
Teach beginning vaulters how to plant the pole.
Rotational Shot Put: Power Position and Finish
Put yourself in the right position to throw the shot.

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