Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking events. One of the main and most popular sports.
Considered to be amongst the world’s most ancient sporting competitions, the first evidence of athletics dates back as early as 2250 BC when it was first depicted in ancient Egyptian and Greek drawings. In the modern era, globally, athletics remains one of the most widely participated sports.
Facts and figures:
- Running races have experienced a significant growth in size since their early inception
- The first Olympic race in Greece in 776 B.C. was 600 feet (192 meters) long; today's modern outdoor track is oval in shape with the distance set at 400 metres with eight or nine lanes
- A variety of running events are held on the track which fall into three broad distance categories: sprints, middle-distance, and long-distance track events
- The Olympic motto of citius, altius, fortius, is Latin for, faster, higher, stronger, is often related to athletic events and the feats that participants achieve
- Relay races feature teams of four runners each. Each member must pass a baton to their teammate after a specified distance with the aim of being the first team to finish
- During the EYOF 2019 athletes will compete in 40 (20 Boys, 20 Girls) different events for the gold medal.
At the European Youth Olympic Festival there will be competitions in 40 different athletics events. Besides the sprinting and longer distance running numbers, the track will hold the hurdles, steeplechase, relay events and race walking events. On the field the young athletes will participate in the long jump, high jump, triple jump and pole vault. The throwing events are hammer throw, javelin throw, discus throw and shot put. Heptathlon and Decathlon events also will be staged during the EYOF 2019.
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