For questions generally relating to the competitions and individual events falling into the family of "track and field" sports, i.e. foot races including hurdles (but excluding marathons and long-distance running; see the "marathon" tag), jumping, vaulting, javelin, shot put, hammer throw, etc.

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How to improve blocks start in athletics

I'm try to improve my blocks start but for some reason I'm finding it hard. I'm quite tall but I good with jumping and improving my weights. Is there any drills I can try to improve this?
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What is the age limit for racewalking (20k and 50k) for the Olympics?

I am a race walker, and am interested to take part in the Olympics. But, as I google for the age limit in Olympic race walking, I find nothing. I can see many race walkers are 20+ y.o. and I really ...
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Difference between “mark” and “performance”

The results on IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) are varying between mark and performance. What's the difference between them? An example can be found on an athlete’s profile. ...
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Why do Hong Kong and China compete separately in Athletics?

At the recent IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Hong Kong and the P.R. of China had separate teams in the 4x100m relay. I understand why the PRC and Chinese Taipei compete separately, as they are ...
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Long legged swing verses “Scrunch and Punch” method in the vault

I pole vaulted in high school and I originally learned to keep a long trail leg throughout the swing and into inversion; however, I've seen many vaulters have quite a bit of success by instead pulling ...
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What happen when two players touch the finish rope at same time in running?

I don't know whether it would happen or not. My question is, What happen if two athletes touched the finish rope at the same time in running(irrespective of distance either it may be 100m or long ...
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How does one become a professional sprinter?

I know becoming a professional sprinter is far from easy, but I would like to know how. What kind of clubs do you have to join or what kind of tournaments do you go to? What did somebody like Usain ...
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What's the best way to start the 100m sprint?

I'm trying to figure out whether starting the 100m sprint crouched like they do in the olympics is better than starting it standing. I thought maybe that's just a "sport rule", not something that ...
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What happens if there is a tie during an olympic race?

Recently during the USA Track and Field Olympic trials, there was a tie for third place between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh. It appears that there was previously no tiebreaker rule in place for ...
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What is the world record in high jump if you allow taking off on both feet?

The current world record in normal high jump is 2.45 metres, set by Javier Sotomayor in 1993. I read somewhere that in normal high jump, jumpers must take off on one foot. But if you relax the rules ...
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What does ND abbreviation stand for in athletics results

I saw this abbreviation (ND) in jumps result at a local championship. What does this stand for? I am guessing something like did not meet the minimum length but would like to be sure.
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Is there a limit on the number of events that a track and field athlete may enter in one meet?

At the high school level, my local district limited an athlete to four events in one track and field meet. Famous sprinters like Carl Lewis have won four gold medals in one meet and other track and ...
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What's the performance benefit of track spikes for distance events in track and field?

In high school, virtually all of the distance runners that I've observed used regular running shoes. However, elite level distance runners all seem to use track spikes. Have there been any studies ...