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Collection of sporting events such as competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking

  • Most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking.
  • Athletics are traced back to the Ancient Olympic Games from 776 BC.
  • Modern events are conducted by the member clubs of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
  • Athletic events form the majority of sport competitions in the Summer Olympic Games.

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