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postheadericon Athletics: Watch the Historic Sport at the Summer Olympics 2012


Athletics is a collection of different sporting events that include running, walking, jumping and throwing. It is the part of different sporting events all over the world including the Olympic Games. Roots for athletics can be found in prehistoric times. Ancient Egyptian tombs show drawings depicting different athletic events as early as 2250BC. In 1800 BC a Celtic festival was introduced that featured games that included throwing stones and running.

When the ancient Olympic Games began in 776 BC, They featured only one event: the stadion race. The race was a short sprint of not more than 180 to 240 meters. This was the time when Olympic Games lasted for one day. Over the years, the number of races increased and so did the number of days the Olympics were held.

During the late 19th century, countries like the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America introduced athletics competitions on a national level. The first modern Olympics in 1896 featured athletics and it has been a part of the competition ever since. Originally like many other sports, athletics was a purely male sport. It was not until 1928 that women participated in athletics at the summer Olympic Games. Athletics was also made part of the Paralympic Games in 1960 and has been featured regularly since then. Athletics is one of those games that is popular at the Olympics and other championships; however, it is less popular otherwise.

Twelve different athletic events have been a part of the modern Olympics since 1896. Over the years, different events were added and some were excluded. The International Association of Athletics Federations has athletics divided in five disciplines. However, in Olympics, three of the disciplines are featured. These include: track and field, race walking and road running.

A variety of running events are included in track events. These include long-distance, middle-distance and sprints. Relay races, hurdles and steeplechase are also part of the track events. Field events include a variety of jumping and throwing competitions. Jumping event features long jump, pole vault and triple jump competitions. Throwing includes shot put, discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw. The throwing competitions measure the distance to which the athlete can throw the object.

Marathons or road running has been part of the modern Olympic Games since 1896. Marathons are the last athletic event and are often incorporated with the closing ceremony. Women took part in the marathon for the first time in 1984. Race walking is another featured athletics sport at the summer Olympics. Athletes walk competitively on the road for 20 or 50 kilometers.

Cross country races were a part of the summer Olympics for two Olympic Games: 1912 and 1941. After that it was dropped from the program event. This year’s summer Olympic Games will feature a total of 47 events. The events are divided among men and women, with 24 events for men and 23 events for women (decathlon for women has still not been made part of the Olympic Games). Most track and field events will be held in the Olympic Stadium, which is part of London’s Olympic village. Road events will begin and end at The Mall near Buckingham Palace. The first Athletics event is scheduled for August 8th 2012 and the last one will take place on the 12th of August.

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