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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.
How to Do the High Jump
Take a look at this step-by-step instruction in basic high jump technique.
What's the Proper Technique for Doing the Long...
Step-by-step illustrated instruction in how to perform the long jump.
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
5 Drills for Coaching Beginning High Jumpers
Drills to help coaches teach beginning high jumpers.
How to Throw a Discus Step-by-Step
Take a look at this step-by-step instruction in basic discus throw technique.
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.
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.
Learn the Rules of Olympic Shot Put
Rules for the Olympic shot put. Track & Field.
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay races
Rules for Olympic sprint and relay events
100 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
How to Do the Glide Technique in Shot Put
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the glide technique
Learn the Rules of the Olympic Long Jump
Rules for the Olympic long jump. Track & Field.
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.
3 Valuable 800-Meter Running Tips From Olympian...
The 1992 800-meter bronze medalist shares his running and coaching advice.
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.
Starting Block Technique: Position Yourself for...
Find out how to get an edge in sprint races in this discussion of starting block technique.
Throw Yourself Into This Rundown of Olympic...
Rules for the Olympic javelin throw
How to Throw a Javelin
A step-by-step guide to throwing the javelin
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.
Common track and field terms
An A-through-K list of track and field terms.
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.
21 Women's Track and Field World Records
Women's Track & Field world records, as recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Pole...
Advice and guidelines for the novice pole vaulter.
Rules for Olympic 100-, 110- and 400-meter...
Rules for Olympic hurdle events.
Drills for 4 x 100 Relay Teams
Try these drills to improve your time in the 4 x 100 relay.
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.
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.
Introduction to the track and field shot put...
Introduction to shot put. Track & Field.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Discus...
Advice and guidelines for the novice discus thrower.
Olympic Triple Jump Rules
Rules for the Olympic triple jump
Learn the shot put spin method
Step-by-step instruction in how to perform the shot put using the rotational technique.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the rules for Olympic races of 800 meters...
Rules for Olympic distance running events
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 Shot Put
Advice and guidelines for the shot put novice.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the Hurdles
Advice and guidelines for the novice hurdler.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the long...
Advice and guidelines for the long jump novice.
How to Find High Jumpers
What to look for in a high jumper.
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.
The Greatest Olympic 1500 Ever? El Guerrouj...
Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat waged a memorable duel in the 2004 Olympic 1500-meter final.
High Jump Takeoff Technique
Learn takeoff techniques to get you over the bar.
Olympic Pole Vault Rules
Rules for the Olympic pole vault
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.
An Illustrated History of Pole Vault
A photographic history of pole vault
Women's 100-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 100-meter run, 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.
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.
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 list of every men's 100-meter world...
The world records in the men's 100-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Olympic Race Walking Rules
Rules for Olympic race walking events
Starting Block Technique: Common...
A list of five common starting block mistakes committed by runners in sprint races.
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.
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
A Brief History of Distance Running Events
Men's 400-Meter World Records
Men's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Rotational Shot Put: Coaching Advice
Spin shot put coaching advice from Olympic silver medalist John Godina.
How to Coach the 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Check out these tips for coaching young intermediate hurdlers.
Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
An illustrated, step-by-step guide for high hurdles competitors.
4 x 400-Meter Relay Tips
Coaching advice for the 4 x 400-meter relay race.
Men's Javelin Throw World Records
Men'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.
Men's Long Jump Olympic Medalists
The Men's long jump Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
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.
A Brief History of Sprints and Hurdles
A Brief History of Sprints and 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.
Heptathlon Olympic Medalists
The Women’s heptathlon Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Track and Field Records
A compilation of track and field records, including world, Olympic and championship marks.
10,000 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 10,000 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
A Brief History of Throwing Events
A Brief History of Throwing Events
Introduction to the Long Jump
Introduction to the Long Jump. Track & Field.
Beginner's Track and Field: Learning the...
Advice and guidelines for the novice javelin thrower.
1500 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 1500 meter 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.
An Illustrated History of the Triple Jump
A photographic history of the triple jump. Page 2.
The men's high jump world record progression.
All the men's high jump world records, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Rotational Shot Put: Power Position and Finish
Put yourself in the right position to throw the shot.
200 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 200 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Coaching New High Jumpers
How to coach your high jump beginners.
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
A Comprehensive Look at Olympic Shot Put
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 look at the basics of sprint and relay...
Introduction to sprint and relay track & field events.
Learning the Hurdles: Walkover Drills
Learning to perform hurdles walkover drills. Developing a lead leg strategy for the hurdles. Coaching hurdlers.
Developing a Stride Pattern in the 300...
Learn the importance of a good stride pattern in the intermediate hurdles event.
Introduction to the Decathlon
Introduction to the Decathlon. Track & Field.
Discus Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s discus Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
How to Find Pole Vaulters
Pole vault champion Stacy Dragila offers tips on which athletes make the best vaulters.
Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics
Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic triumph in Berlin meant as much off the track as on.
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.
Women's 200-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
100 Meter Women's Olympic Medalists
The Women’s Olympic 100 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners.
Women's 400-Meter World Records
Women's world records in the 400-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes
Fixing Common Hurdles Mistakes. Helpful advice for young hurdlers who want to improve their craft. coaching hurdles. hurdles training.
Women's Javelin Throw World Records
Women's world records in the javelin throw, as recognized by the IAAF.
Sprint Acceleration
Learn how to keep building your speed during a sprint race.
Rotational Shot Put: Stance and Start
Learn how to set up and begin a spin shot put throw.
A Brief History of Jumping Events
A Brief History of Jumping Events
Learn how Usain Bolt became a world record-brea...
Everything you'd want to know about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.
Sprinting: Developing Stride Length
Teach your sprinters how to optimize their stride lengths.
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.
An Illustrated History of Discus
A photographic history of the discus throw.
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
Men's 200-Meter World Records
Men's track and field world records in the 200-meter run, as recognized by the IAAF.
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.
Javelin Throw Action Photo Gallery
View action photographs of javelin throwing, which is one of the sports represented in the Summer Olympic Games.
High Jump Basics
Introduction to the high jump. Track & Field.
Kendall Baisden Interview: Tips for Young...
Running advice from one of America's top young sprinters
Introduction to Hurdles
Introduction to track & field hurdle events
Olympic Steeplechase Rules
Rules for the Olympic steeplechase event
Sprint Mechanics: Turnover
Running tips to help sprinters keep their feet moving quickly.
Learn the discus throw by performing a few...
Drills for beginner and young discus throwers.
Men's Indoor World Records
Men's indoor records recognized by the IAAF.
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
Brian Diemer Interview: Training the Athlete's...
Coach and former Olympic steeplechase bronze medalist Brian Diemer believes an athlete's mind set can impact his training.
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.
Introduction to the Discus Throw
A basic introduction to the track and field discus throw event.
Introduction to Long Distance Events
Introduction to Long Distance Events
An Illustrated History of the High Jump
A photographic history of the high jump
Learning Sprint Mechanics
Learn how to coach sprinters to develop greater speed.
Rotational Shot Put: Driving Through the Ring
Learn how to begin your shot put spin.
Pole Vault Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's pole vault 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.
Women's Indoor World Records
Women's indoor records recognized by the IAAF.
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.
High Jump Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's high jump 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 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.
400 Meter Men's Olympic Medalists
The Men's 400 meter Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
How to perform the triple jump step-by-step
Step-by-step triple jump technique
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
The Fastest Women's Mile: Svetlana Masterkova
The reluctant runner ran away with the women's mile record in 1996.
Pole Vault Basics
An overview of the pole vault event.
Men's Javelin Olympic Medalists
The Men's javelin throw Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners from the Olympic Games.
Learn beginner drills to help develop young...
Learn the drills that can help young shot putters improve their form
An Illustrated History of Hurdles
A photographic history of hurdles
Introduction to the Pole Vault
Introduction to the track & field pole vault event
How the discus throw differs from rotational...
How the spin shot put differs from the discus throw.
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