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Sprint (running) Facts

Short run events in athletics and track and field

  • The 100 metres, 200 metres, and 400 metres runs are the three sprint competitions held in Summer Olympic Games.
  • The 100 m run evolved from the 100 yard dash.
  • The 200 m run came from the 200m distance which is popular as the furlong (or 1/8 of a mile).
  • The 400 m was the successor to the 440 yard dash or quarter-mile race.
  • Uncommon sprint distances such as 50m, 60m, 300m etc. are used in school and college games.
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