By Chris & Nick F.

In the summer Olympics, Athletics is one of the largest events. It is one of the most popular sports in the Olympics and the world. Athletics has been around since the very first Olympics in 776 BC. It was one of the original sports in the first modern Olympics in 1896. In Athletics there are 46 events; 24 for men and 22 for women. 

The events for men are:

The women's events are:

Often there are many events taking place at the same time. There are running events that take place on the track and jumping and throwing events that take place on the inside part of the track.

Some of the greatest track and field athletes of all time are: Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Bob Beamon, Wilma Rudolph, Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Marion Jones.


Aquatics Canoeing Hockey Table Tennis
Archery Cycling Judo Taekwondo
Athletics Equestrian Modern Pentathlon Tennis
Badminton Fencing Rowing Triathlon
Baseball Football Sailing Volleyball
Basketball Gymnastics Shooting Weightlifting
Boxing Handball Softball Wrestling



This page was last edited December 02, 2005.

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