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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 Do the High Jump
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the high jump.
How to Throw a Discus Step-by-Step
Take a look at this step-by-step instruction in basic discus throw technique.
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
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 Are the Fastest Times for Women Running...
The greatest women'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
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.
Learn the shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
Step-By-Step Long Jump Tips From World Champ...
World long jump record-breaker Mike Powell describes good long jumping technique.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high jump. Track & Field.
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
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.
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
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.
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.
Advice From a Legend For Success in The Long Jump
World long jump champion Mike Powell offers coaching advice for beginning and established jumpers.
Women's 100-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
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.
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.
An Illustrated History of the Triple Jump
A photographic history of the triple jump.
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
Men’s Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, 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.
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
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 Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Olympic history, old and new
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
Long Jump Women’s World Records
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
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.
A list of every men's 100-meter world...
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
An Illustrated History of Javelin
A brief photographic history of javelin throwing.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
100 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
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 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
An Illustrated History of Shot Put
A brief photographic history of the shot put.
Men's 800-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 800-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.
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
Women's 800-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
An Illustrated History of Hurdles
A photographic history of hurdles
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.
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.
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running 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.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
Sprinter Usain Bolt's record-breaking runs at...
How the Jamaican sprint sensation shattered the world records at 100 and 200 meters.
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 Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
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.
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
Learn the discus throw by performing a few...
Drills for beginner and young discus throwers.
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.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
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.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
Mac Wilkins' Throwing Tips
Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins offers advice for throwers and coaches.
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.
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
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.
The men's high jump world record progression.
All the men's high jump world records, 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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Mary Decker and Zola Budd collide in the 1984...
Biggest controversies in Olympic distance running history.
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
An Illustrated History of Discus
A photographic history of the discus throw.
LaShawn Merritt's Running Tips
Olympic and World champion LaShawn Merritt offers advice on how to run the 400 meters.
An Illustrated History of Sprints and Relays
A photographic history of sprints and relays
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.
Learn pole vaulting technique from Olympic...
Learn about the pole vault approach run, stride length and how to carry the pole.
Olympic Steeplechase Rules
Rules for the Olympic steeplechase event
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump 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.
How to perform the triple jump step-by-step
Step-by-step triple jump technique
An Illustrated History of the Hammer Throw
A photographic history of hammer throwing.
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Olympic Track and Field: What's the shot put?
What is the shot put? Here's a comprehensive look at the Olympic event
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the 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.
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
Discover the basics of the sport of hammer...
Learn about the equipment, best performances and the basics of hammer throwing.
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 pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva's track and field career.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
The basics of the track and field javelin...
Basic information on the track and field javelin throwing event, including technique and world records.
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.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
Greatest Moments In Olympic Decathlon
The greatest moments and top achievements in decathlon from the first Olympic decathlon in 1912 to Athens in 2004.
Timing the exchange is the key to success in...
Develop proper timing between 4 x 100-relay team members to avoid losing time or dropping batons.
A basic introduction to the track and field...
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event, including technical details and world records.
Sprinter Harvey Glance talks about the U.S....
Sprinter Harvey Glance learned valuable lessons as a part of the victorious American team at the Montreal Olympics.
The world record progression in the men's...
The history of men's steeplechase world records, 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.
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.
The Fastest Women's Mile: Svetlana Masterkova
The reluctant runner ran away with the women's mile record in 1996.
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 Olympic Distance Running
A comprehensive look at Olympic distance running.
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
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
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 Best 2013 World Championship Women’s...
Previewing the women's sprint field for the 2013 outdoor World Track and Field Championships.
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.
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.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
How to Find Pole Vaulters
Pole vault champion Stacy Dragila offers tips on which athletes make the best vaulters.
Marathon Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Marathon Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games
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.
How to Coach the 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Check out these tips for coaching young intermediate hurdlers.
An Illustrated History of Steeplechase
A photographic history of steeplechase
Introduction to Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
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.
Men's Javelin Olympic Medalists
The Men's javelin throw Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
A look at the basics of sprint and relay...
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Hammer Throw
Introduction to the Pole Vault
Introduction to the track & field pole vault event
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.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
Justin Gatlin returned from a ban to regain a...
A summary of Justin Gatlin’s track and field career.

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