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What is the record for greatest number of athletes with the same finish time in one event?

On Sunday 10 July 2016 at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, three athletes in the men's 5000m final finished with exactly the same time of 13:40:85 (a fourth arrived only a hundredth ...
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What does HF stand for in context of track and field abbreviations (WR, MR, etc)?

The olympic trials has a site that show the results and standing records for each event. In the records section for each event, they list all the records, one of which is HF. What does HF mean? Here ...
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What do the tiny yellow RC cars next to the javelin throwing field do?

When they measure the distance of javelin throws during the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, there are small yellow remote controlled cars driving around. Here is a screenshot of them. ...
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Did Adolf Hitler really snub Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?

Did Jesse Owens want to shake Hitler's hand and get their photo together and, if so, did Hitler really snub him? I'm asking this based on a movie I'm watching.
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What are multidisciplinary sports? [closed]

What are sports that provide more disciplines? I know triathlon (swimming + cycling + running) biathlon (cross country skiing + shooting) heptathlon/decathlon (track and field) are there any ...
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Why meldonium “almost” only in East Europe?

Meldonium has been considered a drug used for doping since Jan 1, 2016 and many athletes that used this drug in the past and did not stop have tested positive for it and have been disqualified or ...
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How many jumps are mandatory? [closed]

Im a high school Long Jumper. And my personal best this year is 6.31 mts . I was under the guidance of a coach now. Can anyone tell me how many days I must practice jump in pit in a week? And I have ...
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How do you master the hang technique?

Im a high school long jumper. I have my best of 6.34 meters and I did it with a runway of 24 meters. Now I increased my runway to 40 meters and increased my running speed. My technique is the hang ...
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Indoor / outdoor track and field different records?

Why there are different records from indoor / outdoor performances? I mean maybe distances 200m and 400m has different tracks (with different lengths of curves and straights) but why there are two ...
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How much do starting-blocks affect the 60m sprint?

My previous PB in the 60m was 7.21, with blocks. That was about 18 months ago, the other day I ran 60m in 7.47. I've read the blocks can effect the 100m anywhere from .2 - .4, how much will my time ...
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How is a javelin throw measured if the javelin does not stick into the ground?

If a javelin "slips" on landing and does not stick cleanly into the field, how is the throw measured?
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What does the term it's a fast track mean in regards to the long jump track?

I'm watching the women's long jump at the 2015 Beijing world athletics championship, and don't understand why they keep using the phrase, "It's a fast track so some of the girls are struggling with it....
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Has anyone won an olympic gold without setting the fast time in the competition?

Has anyone won an olympic gold medal without also setting the fast time in the competition? For example someone else might have set the fastest time in the heats, but lost or been disqualified in the (...
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Going back to track and field

I trained track and field when I was 13, but stopped at 15 due to excessive obligations. However, in the meantime I started karate, and it's really going well, but now I'm considering returning to ...
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What do you call a javelin thrower?

Is there a name for a javelin thrower? in baseball we've got pitcher, batter 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 ...