Athletics

[Competition venue: Olympic Stadium
Imperial Palace Garden(Race Walk)]

    • Athletics

      Overview
      Athletes compete in 48 events that involve running, walking, jumping, throwing, etc.

      Most Athletics events do not require any specialised equipment, instead testing a range of physical attributes.

      Key Points

      Athletics embodies the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius”(faster, higher, stronger), the basics of sporting events.
      Athletics is a collection of many events including field events such as the hammer throw and high jump; and track events including short, middle and long distance running, hurdles and steeplechases. Some events also use public roads such as the marathon and race walking competitions.

      History

      Running was the first event contested in the ancient Olympic Games, which were held before the Common Era. In the stadion, the only event contested at the time, runners sprinted for the length of the stadium (1 stadion = approximately 191 m). Some of the athletic sports have remain unchanged for thousands of years and are still practised today. The women's marathon, a popular event with Japanese fans, was first included as an Olympic sport at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

      Japanese athletes first took part in the Olympics during the Stockholm 1912 Games. In the Amsterdam 1928 Olympic Games, Mikio Oda won the triple jump and earned Japan's first ever gold medal. During the same Games, Kinue Hitomi won the silver medal in the women's 800 metres.

      Detail

      (IOC Announcement, June 9, 2017)

      EventMenWomen
      Sprint 100m
      200m
      400m
      100m
      200m
      400m
      Middle 800m
      1500m
      800m
      1500m
      Long 5,000m
      10,000m
      5,000m
      10,000m
      Hurdles 110m Hurdles
      400m Hurdles
      3,000m Steeplechase
      100m Hurdles
      400m Hurdles
      3,000m Steeplechase
      Relays 4 x 100m Relay
      4 x 400m Relay
      4 x 100m Relay
      4 x 400m Relay
      Mixed
      4x400m Mixed Relay
      Jumps High Jump
      Pole Vault
      Long Jump
      Triple Jump
      High Jump
      Pole Vault
      Long Jump
      Triple Jump
      Throws Shot Put
      Discus Throw
      Hammer Throw
      Javelin Throw
      Shot Put
      Discus Throw
      Hammer Throw
      Javelin Throw
      Combined Events Decathlon Heptathlon
      Road Running 20km Race Walk
      Marathon
      50km Race Walk
      20km Race Walk
      Marathon