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Athletics - Throwing Events

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Athletics events have been held at every Modern Games since 1896.

The 44 Athletics events contested at the Summer Olympics all fall within one of four categories: track, field, road, and combined events

The track events include the sprinting events, middle-distance and long distance running, hurdling, relays and the 3000 m steeplechase.

The field events are made up of eight events: long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw.

There are 5 road events contested at the Games. The men’s and women’s marathons, the men’s 20km and 50km race walks and the women’s 20 km race walk.

The combined disciplines are a mix of track and field events contested over two consecutive days.

The seven heptathlon events are: 100 m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m sprint, long jump, javelin and 800m run.

The ten decathlon events are: 100m sprint, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m run, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500m run. Points are awarded based on the results from each event and the person with the most points wins the event.

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Evolving from a simple footrace at the ancient Games of 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece into the largest discipline of today’s Games, the growth Athletics has been astonishing.

Athletics is one of the most popular sports worldwide, rivalled only by soccer, volleyball and basketball.

From running to jumping to throwing events, this sport truly embodies all components of the Olympic motto, ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ – faster, higher, stronger.

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Results for Athletics - Throwing Events

Typical Score
Vertical Jump (Explosive Power) High
Sit and Reach (Flexibility) Low
800m Run (Aerobic Fitness) Low
Partial Curl-Ups (Muscular Endurance) Medium
30m Sprint (Speed) High
Stork Stand (Balance) Medium
T-Drill (Agility) High
Basketball Throw (Strength) Medium