Athletics (Track & Field) at the Olympics

Athletics is one of five sports that have been contested at every summer Olympic Games since 1896 (the others are: Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics and Swimming). Of the men's track and field events, 12 men’s have been contested at all Games – 100 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 110 m hurdles, marathon, high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, and discus throw. Of the women's events, four events have been contested at all Olympic Games – 100 m, 4 x 100 m relay, high jump, and discus throw.

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jesse owens at the Olympics in 1936
Jesse Owens 1936 (credit: public domain)

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