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Track & Field: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Four Minutes and Beyond: The Fastest Miles Ever...
The greatest men'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.
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
Men's Track and Field World Records for Each...
World records in a variety of Track & Field Events
Illustrated High Jump Technique
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the high jump.
Strategies for the 4 x 100 Relay Race
Use these strategies to help your team succeed in the 4 x 100 relay race.
Mike Powell Offers Advice and Drills for Long...
World long jump champion Mike Powell offers coaching advice for beginning and established jumpers.
What Are the Fastest Times for Women Running...
The greatest women's mile runs in track and field history.
Step-by-step Discus Throw Technique
Take a look at this step-by-step instruction in basic discus throw technique.
Olympian Johnny Gray’s 800-meter Coaching...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
Shot Put Glide Technique
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
Illustrated Javelin Throwing Technique
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
Track and Field Events: 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.
Women's World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Step-by-Step Long Jump Technique
Step-by-step illustrated instruction in how to perform the long jump.
How to Coach the 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Check out these tips for coaching young intermediate hurdlers.
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.
Olympic Sprint Rules
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
Stories of Olympic Distance Running Stars
What are former Olympic distance runners doing today?
LaShawn Merritt's Running Tips
Olympic and World champion LaShawn Merritt offers advice on how to run the 400 meters.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
Your Road to the Olympic Team: How to Become an...
Eligibility and qualification standards for athletes hoping to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic track and field team.
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 High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
Introductions to Track and Field Events
Introductions to all of track and field's running, jumping, throwing and multi-sport events.
Developing a Stride Pattern in the 300...
Learn the importance of a good stride pattern in the intermediate hurdles event.
Shot Put Rotational Technique
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
Women's 100-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic High Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic high jump. 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 800-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Men's 100-Meter World Records
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic Shot Put Rules
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
Every Olympic Medalist in the Men's 100 Meters...
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Olympic Long Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
Long Jump Women’s World Records
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic Javelin Throw Rules
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.
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.
Olympic Hurdle Rules
Rules for Olympic hurdle events
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
Olympic Distance Running Rules
Rules for Olympic distance running events
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
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.
High Jump Takeoff Technique
Learn takeoff techniques to get you over the bar.
High Jump Bar-Clearance Mechanics
All-American high jumper Holly Thompson tells you how to clear the bar.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
Interview With Long Jump World Record-Holder...
Exclusive interview with long jumper Mike Powell
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 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.
Introduction to the Discus Throw
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event.
Introduction to Middle Distance Running
Introduction to middle distance running
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 Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
Introduction to Shot Put
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
Your Road to the Olympic Team – How to...
Eligibility and qualification standards for athletes hoping to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic track and field team. Page 2.
Introduction to Sprints and Relays
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
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.
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.
Did Zola Budd Trip Mary Decker? Olympic...
Biggest controversies in Olympic distance running history.
Olympic Games History
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
Introduction to the Long Jump
Introduction to the Long Jump. Track & Field.
David Rudisha: World Record-holder at 800 Meters
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Learning Sprint Mechanics
Learn how to coach sprinters to develop greater speed.
Coaching New High Jumpers
How to coach your high jump beginners.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Decathlon Olympic Medalists
The Men's decathlon Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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.
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. Track & Field.
Mac Wilkins' Throwing Tips
Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins offers advice for throwers and coaches.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
Intermediate Hurdles Drills
Jogging and running drills help novice hurdlers continue their learning progression. Coaching the hurdles. Training hurdlers. Practicing hurdles.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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.
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
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.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
Introduction to the Heptathlon
Introduction to the Heptathlon. Track & Field.
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes. Helpful advice for young hurdlers who want to improve their craft. coaching hurdles. hurdles training.
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
Introduction to the Steeplechase
Introduction to the Track & Field steeplechase event
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.
Marathon Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Marathon Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Triple Jump
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Triple Jump
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 Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
Learning Proper Hurdling Form
Young hurdlers can perform a variety of drills to improve their technique. learning proper hurdling form. coaching young hurdlers. hurdles practice.
Sprint Mechanics: Turnover
Running tips to help sprinters keep their feet moving quickly.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
800 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 800 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Olympic Champion Stacy Dragila Talks Pole Vault...
Stacy Dragila offers advice on learing and coaching the pole vault.
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 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.
Letting go
View action photographs of the pole vault, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 4.
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.
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Rotational Shot Put: Driving Through the Ring
Learn how to begin your shot put spin.
Discus Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of discus throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Long Jump Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the long jump, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Rotational Shot Put: Power Position and Finish
Put yourself in the right position to throw the shot.
Usain Bolt: Record-Breaking Sprint Star
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt
Learning the Hurdles: Walkover Drills
Learning to perform hurdles walkover drills. Developing a lead leg strategy for the hurdles. Coaching hurdlers.
Rotational Shot Put: Stance and Start
Learn how to set up and begin a spin shot put throw.
Greatest Moments In Olympic High Jump
The greatest moments and top achievements in the high jump from the first Olympic Games in 1896 to Athens in 2004.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
High Jump Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's high jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Kenenisa Bekele: Golden Distance Runner
Everything you'd want to know about Ethiopian Olympic distance runner Kenenisa Bekele
Introduction to the High Jump
Introduction to the High Jump. Track & Field.
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.
Introduction to Hammer Throwing
Introduction to Hammer Throwing. Track & Field.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
400-Meter Hurdles Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400-meter hurdles Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
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
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
An Illustrated History of Race Walking
A photographic history of race walking. Page 2.
Shot Put Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the shot put, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
The Best 2013 World Championship Women’s...
Previewing the women's sprint field for the 2013 outdoor World Track and Field Championships.
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.
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
High Jump Basics
Introduction to the high jump. Track & Field.
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Tyson Gay: American Sprint Champion
Everything you'd want to know about American Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay
An Illustrated History of Hurdles
A photographic history of hurdles
Pole Vault Basics
An overview of the pole vault event.

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