There are many popular games where people participate. Most of them are team games. However, if you take a look at the participation in Athletics, you will find a few and most of them are individual events. Yet, the amount of training and preparation that goes into it is commendable. How many people are completely aware of the events that are a part of Athletics? Most people are aware of only some of the national and international series.
Events in Athletics
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has the following events listed in Athletics.
• Track Events
1. Competitive Running: This includes:
i. [Distance] Short distances referred to as the Sprints.
ii. [Distance] Middle distances
iii. [Distance] Long distances
iv. Distances in Hurdling events: This includes running with hurdles on the track.
One has to clear the hurdles successfully and reach the finish line to make it.
v. Steeplechase – Similar to the Hurdling events, except that the track here would contain hurdles as well as water jumps.
vi. [Team event] Relay – Middle Distance: Here every member has to run a specific distance, carrying a ‘baton’. Once he covers his distance, he has to hand over the baton to his other team member who starts to run his distance from there. Example: 4 x 100m Relay.
vii. [Team event] Relay – Long Distance.
2. Walking: This is another event, where people have to cover a distance by walking. There are variants like brisk walk, Race walk, etc where the speed and distances vary.
• Field Events
1. Events with Jumps: These events involve the athlete jumping for a certain target.
a. Horizontal Distance
i. Long Jump: Here the athlete attains a certain speed through a short distance sprint and then has to jump over a pit of sand covering the maximum horizontal distance possible.
ii. Triple Jump: Similar to Long Jump, except that the running is replaced with a hop and a step or a skip. This is followed by the final jump covering a good horizontal distance.
b. Vertical distance/ Height
i. High Jump: Here the athlete has to clear a hurdle along the vertical scale or he has to clear a hurdle placed at a certain height.
ii. Pole Vault: This is similar to High jump, except that, one has to clear the hurdle by jumping from the support of a long flexible pole.
2. Events with Throws: These events involve the athlete throwing a certain implement and measuring the horizontal distance of the throw.