Throughout recorded sports history, athletics has always been practised. The first event contested in the ancient Olympic Games was the “stadium” race, a sprint of about 192 metres. Winners in this event have been recorded from as far back as 776 BC.

Much like today, the ancient Olympic Games included a wide variety of track and field events. Such events included longer foot races, a race in armour, and a pentathlon event that consisted of the “stadium” race, long jump, discus throw, javelin throw and wrestling.

Since 1896, athletics has been on the programme of each edition of the Games of the Olympiad. Its presence on the Games programme has allowed its popularity to increase across the world. This popularity was also strengthened by the creation of the IAAF in 1912. Women’s events appeared for the first time at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, while the men’s programme was standardised as of the 1932 Games in Los Angeles. Although at the beginning women were authorised to participate in only some events, today their programme is almost identical to that of men.

680 Athletes (340 women and 340 men)

Women / Men / Track: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 2000m Steeplechase, 400 Hurdles, 5000m Race Walk, 110m Hurdles (men) and 100m Hurdles (women) / Cross Country: Cross Country races include participation in one of the following: 1500m, 3000m or 2000m Steeplechase / Field: Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, 5kg Shot Put, 1.5kg Discus Throw, 5kg Hammer Throw, 700g Javelin Throw (men), 3kg Shot Put, 1kg Discuss Throw, 3kg Hammer Throw, 500g Javelin Throw (women)



Track Events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100/110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles. There will be two stages of competition with all athletes competing in both.


For the 1500m, 3000m, 2000m Steeplechase, all athletes will compete in one heat of their individual events. All athletes must then compete in a Cross Country race.


Race Walking: Race Walking events will be conducted with only one race at each stage and the Pit Lane Rule will be used. All athletes shall compete in both rounds. The distance for men is 5000m and the distance for women is 5000m.


Field Events: High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw. There will be two stages with all athletes competing in one group in both. The performance of each athlete in both stages will be added together to determine the overall final placings. In both Stages of all Field Events, except for Pole Vault and High Jump, all athletes will receive four (4) trials. There will be no change of order after three trials.

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