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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
What Are the Fastest Times for Women Running...
The greatest women'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.
Step-By-Step Long Jump Tips From World Champ...
World long jump record-breaker Mike Powell describes good long jumping technique.
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.
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.
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Men’s Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
A list of every men's 100-meter world...
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block 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.
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
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.
100 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
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.
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high jump. Track & Field.
Stories of Olympic Distance Running Stars
What are former Olympic distance runners doing today?
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
Men's 800-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
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.
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
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 High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running events
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
Women's 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
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.
LaShawn Merritt's Running Tips
Olympic and World champion LaShawn Merritt offers advice on how to run the 400 meters.
Women's 800-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
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.
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
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.
Mary Decker and Zola Budd collide in the 1984...
Biggest controversies in Olympic distance running history.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
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 Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, 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.
Learn the shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
Olympic Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
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.
The men's high jump world record progression.
All the men's high jump world records, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic history, old and new
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
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
Introduction to Middle Distance Running
Introduction to middle distance running
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
Interview With Long Jump World Record-Holder...
Exclusive interview with long jumper Mike Powell
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
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.
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.
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.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, 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.
High Jump Takeoff Technique
Learn takeoff techniques to get you over the bar.
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
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.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
Kenenisa Bekele: Golden Distance Runner
Everything you'd want to know about Ethiopian Olympic distance runner Kenenisa Bekele
Common track and field terms
An A-through-K list of track and field terms.
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer 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.
Mac Wilkins' Throwing Tips
Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins offers advice for throwers and coaches.
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.
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
Olympic Steeplechase Rules
Rules for the Olympic steeplechase event
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. Track & Field.
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.
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
Sally Pearson: Sprint Hurdles Star
A summary of hurdler Sally Pearson’s track and field career.
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.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
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.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
Introduction to the Discus Throw
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event.
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
Mo Farah: Distance Double Threat
A summary of British World Champion Mo Farah’s track and field career.
Learn which types of stretches benefit track...
Find out which type of stretching to perform, and when.
Drug Testing Scandals: Olympic Sprint...
Biggest controversies in Olympic sprint history.
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
Long Jump Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the long jump, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
High Jump Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the high jump, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
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 Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
Diamond League
The Diamond League series matches track and field's top performers against each other each year.
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.
Shot Put Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s shot put 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.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
Men's Indoor World Records
Men's indoor records recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Introduction to the Long Jump
Introduction to the Long Jump. Track & Field.
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.
Blanka Vlasic: Dominant High Jumper
An overview of Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic's track and field career.
The men's shot put world record progression
The men's world record progression in the shot put, from 1909 to the present.
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
Shot Put Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the shot put, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Introduction to Sprints and Relays
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Distance Running
A comprehensive look at Olympic distance running.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
The Greatest Olympic 1500 Ever? El Guerrouj...
Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat waged a memorable duel in the 2004 Olympic 1500-meter final.
800 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 800 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Jennifer Simpson: Versatile Distance Standout
A summary of middle distance runner Jenny Simpson’s track and field career.
The Best 2013 World Championship Women’s...
Previewing the women's sprint field for the 2013 outdoor World Track and Field Championships.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: Standing Tall on the...
A summary of sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s track and field career.
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.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
Women’s 5000-Meter World Records
The women's 5000-meter world record progression, from 1981 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Introduction to Hammer Throwing
Introduction to Hammer Throwing. Track & Field.
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
The women’s shot put world record...
The women’s world record progression in the shot put, from 1924 to the present.
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
The Best 2013 World Championship Men’s...
Previewing the men’s distance field for the 2013 outdoor World Track and Field Championships.
Introduction to the Pole Vault
Introduction to the track & field pole vault event
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.
How to Find Pole Vaulters
Pole vault champion Stacy Dragila offers tips on which athletes make the best vaulters.
Introduction to the Heptathlon
Introduction to the Heptathlon. Track & Field.
Men's Olympic Records
Olympic track and field records for men, as recognized by the IAAF.
An Illustrated History of Javelin
A brief photographic history of javelin throwing.
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