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Four Minutes and Beyond: The Fastest Miles Ever...
The greatest men'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.
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.
Men's Track and Field World Records for Each...
World records in a variety of Track & Field Events
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.
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.
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
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.
What Are the Official Rules for the Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic high jump. Track & Field.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
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.
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
100 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
Common track and field terms
An A-through-K list of track and field terms.
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
Introduction to Middle Distance Running
Introduction to middle distance running
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running events
Advice From a Legend For Success in The Long Jump
World long jump champion Mike Powell offers coaching advice for beginning and established jumpers.
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the High...
Advice and guidelines for the high jump novice.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
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.
Men's 800-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 800-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.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
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.
Learn the shot put spin method
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 Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Will Claye's Triple Jump Tips
Olympic silver medalist Will Claye discusses triple jump technique and offers advice for coaches and young jumpers.
Men’s Long Jump World Records
The world record progression in the men’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
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 5000-Meter World Records
Men's world record progression in the 5000-meter run, from 1912 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
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 Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
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.
A list of every men's 100-meter world...
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, 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.
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.
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
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.
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
Women's 800-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 800-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
An Illustrated History of Shot Put
A brief photographic history of the shot put.
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
Olympic history, old and new
A brief history of Track & Field events at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
Introduction to Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
Coaching New High Jumpers
How to coach your high jump beginners.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors. Page 4.
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
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.
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.
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. Track & Field.
Long Jump Women’s World Records
The world record progression in the women’s long jump, as recognized by the IAAF.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
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.
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
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
Olympic Hammer Throw Rules
Rules for Olympic hammer throwing
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.
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.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
High Jump Bar-Clearance Mechanics
All-American high jumper Holly Thompson tells you how to clear the bar.
High Jump Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's high jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
Introduction to Sprints and Relays
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump 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
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
Introduction to the Discus Throw
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event.
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.
Women's 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic Steeplechase Rules
Rules for the Olympic steeplechase event
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Introduction to the Long Jump
Introduction to the Long Jump. Track & Field.
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
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.
Pole Vault Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's pole vault Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
An Illustrated History of Hurdles
A photographic history of hurdles
Sprint Mechanics: Turnover
Running tips to help sprinters keep their feet moving quickly.
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Introduction to the Pole Vault
Introduction to the track & field pole vault event
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.
Interview With Olympic Long Jump Champion Bob...
Exclusive interview with record-setting long jumper Bob Beamon.
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
Zelezny pushes forward
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 6.
Release point
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 7.
Backley eyes his target
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 4.
How to Find Pole Vaulters
Pole vault champion Stacy Dragila offers tips on which athletes make the best vaulters.
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.
Introduction to the High Jump
Introduction to the High Jump. Track & Field.
Rotational Shot Put: Stance and Start
Learn how to set up and begin a spin shot put throw.
Olympic medal-winners in the men's hammer throw
The Men's hammer throw Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
High Jump Basics
Introduction to the high jump. Track & Field.
Olympic Track and Field Champions: Where Are...
Find out what the great Olympic track and field athletes of the past are doing today.
It's away!
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 8.
Introduction to Long Distance Events
Introduction to Long Distance Events
Learn about 400-meter hurdles technique from...
American champion and Olympic finalist Georganne Moline offers her thoughts on how to run the 400 hurdles.
How to Coach the 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Check out these tips for coaching young intermediate hurdlers.
An Illustrated History of Discus
A photographic history of the discus throw. Page 2.
An Illustrated History of the Triple Jump
A photographic history of the triple jump.
Learn the discus throw by performing a few...
Drills for beginner and young discus throwers.
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
Introduction to Javelin Throwing
Steven Hooker: Australian Pole Vault Champ
A summary of pole vaulter Steven Hooker’s track and field career.
Shot Put Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the shot put, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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.
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.
Long Jump Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of the long jump, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
Developing a Stride Pattern in the 300...
Learn the importance of a good stride pattern in the intermediate hurdles event.
Spotakova winds up
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 3.
Women's Olympic Records
Women's Olympic track and field records, as recognized by the IAAF.
How the discus throw differs from rotational...
How the spin shot put differs from the discus throw.
Manjani-Tzelili readies her release
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games. Page 5.
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
A Comprehensive Look at the Olympic Javelin Throw
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.
Women’s 5000-Meter World Records
The women's 5000-meter world record progression, from 1981 to the present, as recognized by the IAAF.
Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics
Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic triumph in Berlin meant as much off the track as on.
Olympic hurdler Georganne Moline discusses her...
The 2012 Olympic 400-meter hurdles finalist explains how she started in track and field.
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