Venues: Flamengo Park (race walk)
Estádio Olímpico João Havelange (track & field)
Dates: August 12 – August 21, 2016
Medals in contention: 141
The athletics competition truly reflects the spirit of the ancient Olympics featuring a test of athletes' abilities, and combining some of the most iconic and popular of all the Olympic sports, including discus throwing, pole vault, and indoor track and field events.
Because athletics encompasses so many different disciplines it is also the venue with the largest field of athletes -- numbering 2,000 men and women in all at the 2016 games in Rio. More medals are awarded for athletics than any other Olympic sport – a total of 141, including 47 golds
Throwing events - discus, hammer, javelin and shot put.
Jumping events - pole vault, long jump, high jump and triple jump.
Combined events - includes the decathlon for men (ten events) and the heptathlon (seven events) for women. Each event takes place over two days.
Olympic athletics fun facts
Bob Beamon in 1968: off the charts.
• On the first Olympic Games at 776 BC, Coroebus of Elis won the running race to become history's first ever Olympic champion.
• In ancient times, the foot race was organized by the military and soldiers ran the course in full body armor!
• American Bob Beamon broke the Olympic long jump record at the Mexico City 1968 Games by nearly two feet – it was so long that the measuring device could not record it.
• Jamaican athletics superstar Usain Bolt has won gold medals in all 6 Olympic events in which he has competed and he holds the world record in all.
More about Olympic athletics events around the Web:
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) - Articles on current and past Olympics are not just full of good information, they're actually fun to read. Add to that the news and involved coverage of all the events and all the extras...you've landed on the best site to follow Summer Olympic Athletics events.
Athletics Weekly - This top British magazine is dedicated to Athletics with a focus on track and field. International coverage does not favor the home country and the articles are insightful as well as informative. Good Olympics coverage.
Physics at the Olympics - Interesting discussion and illustration explaining how pole vaulting works with information on its history,
pole materials used, and how energy is released at the final jump.