THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES WITHIN ATHLETICS

THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES WITHIN ATHLETICS

THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES WITHIN ATHLETICS

By: Awal Sule Mohammed

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Athletics is a set of sporting activities that involve running, walking, throwing and jumping. The World Athletics, it’s the head of the governing body. Athletics is divided into six disciplines: Track and Field, Road Running, Race Walking, Cross Country Running, Mountain Running, and Trail Running.

Athletics is considered to be the mother of all sports, is the only sport with more disciplines within it. It is also the only sporting discipline divided into six disciplines. Today we going to learn more about these types and various events under each type.

Track and Field

The track and field events are the sprints, middle and long-distance events. The sprints events are 60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres, 400meters, 100 metres hurdles, 110 metres hurdles and the 400 metres hurdles, 4 × 100 metres relay and 4 × 400 metres relay *there are a lot of relays which has been added as well*.

Also, we have the middle distance which also comprises of 800 metres, 1500 metres, 3000 metres and 3000 metres steeplechase races respectively.

The Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault are the events under the jumping which are all under the field events.

Last but not the least on the field discipline, we have the various throws that we can name of and they are: Javelin, Shot Put, Hammer Throw and the Discus are all classified as the throwing.

Combined events are the Decathlon mostly for men and the Heptathlon mostly competed by women

In addition, we have the long-distance, which also has these events: it consists of 5000 metres and the 10000 metres as well.

Road Running

The road running events are widely known as the distance from the half marathon and marathon but 5000 metres, 10,000 metres and 15,000 metres are also included. The distance differs according to the race type. Sometimes we have special distances like 1 mile and 2 miles on the roads.

Race Walking

The race walking is similar to the normal walking we do always. This type of event can be done either on the track or on the road. The distance differs which most times are from 3500 metres –  Half Marathon. In some cases we even have farther distance, the 50km race mostly are held during the Olympic Games.

Cross Country Running

The cross country is also road running but it is done on special terrain. The cross-country distance is not more than 21km mostly the longest is up to 12km.

Mountain Running

Mountain running is one of the difficult disciplines in athletics. This type of running is done at mountainous areas and is done by experienced and old athletes. It’s a very slow type of running due to the climbing of the hills

Trail Running

Trail running is the longest distance in athletics. Some of these trial competitions are 40 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles and more. Most of the races even take them some days before they finish. It can be done on any terrain. Most of the athletes are now training for this type of competition. Sometimes the name given to it is the ultra-marathon.

In conclusion, these are the various disciplines that sum together to make athletics a complete sport, no wonder athletics is always treated as such because its branches are wide.

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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