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Athletics

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Athletics is, in many ways, the embodiment of the Olympic motto, "Citius, Altius, Fortius", meaning faster, higher, stronger. Athletics (or track and field) is about running faster, jumping higher and throwing further than your competitors. The ancient Games at Olympia began simply with foot races, only occasionally complicated by ... [Full story]

List of Events

On the program of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008
  • • 10000m Men
  • • triple jump Men
  • • 100m Men
  • • 10000m Women
  • • 110m hurdles Men
  • • 100m Women
  • • 1500m Men
  • • 100m hurdles Women
  • • 200m Men
  • • 1500m Women
  • • 20km walk Men
  • • 200m Women
  • • 3000m steeplechase Men
  • • 20km race walk Women
  • • 400m Men
  • • 3000m steeplechase Women
  • • 400m hurdles Men
  • • 400m Women
  • • 4x100m relay Men
  • • 400m hurdles Women
  • • 4x400m relay Men
  • • 4x100m relay Women
  • • 5000m Men
  • • 4x400m relay Women
  • • 50km walk Men
  • • 5000m Women
  • • 800m Men
  • • 800m Women
  • • decathlon Men
  • • discus throw Women
  • • discus throw Men
  • • hammer throw Women
  • • hammer throw Men
  • • heptathlon Women
  • • high jump Men
  • • high jump Women
  • • javelin throw Men
  • • javelin throw Women
  • • long jump Men
  • • long jump Women
  • • marathon Men
  • • marathon Women
  • • pole vault Men
  • • pole vault Women
  • • shot put Men
  • • shot put Women
  • • triple jump Women

Athlete numbers:

Athlete quota:

1100 men
900 women
Total of 2000 athletes (targeted number)

Allocation
  • PRINCIPLES
  • TIMELINE
  • QUAL
  • CHINA
  • A LIST

PRINCIPLES

QUALIFICATION SYSTEM PRINCIPLES
Event Qualification Total
Qualification events The qualifying standards must be reached during the respective qualification period at the competitions organised and authorised by the IAAF, its Area Associations or its NFs
Individual events Standards
NOCs may enter up to 3 athletes per event provided they have all met the A qualifying standard. This standard must be met between 1 January 2007 (1 September 2006 for marathon events, combined events and race walking events) and 23 July 2008
Or
NOCs may enter only 1 athlete per event if she/he has met the B qualifying standard. This standard must be met between 1 January 2007 (1 September 2006 for marathon events, combined events and race walking events) and 23 July 2008
Unqualified entries
NOCs which do not have qualified men and women athletes may enter their best male and female athlete (1 man and/or 1 woman) in 1 athletic event - with the exception of the 10,000m, the 3000m Steeplechase and the combined events - provided they are competitive at an international level. Acceptance of unqualified entries in field events will be at the discretion of the IAAF
Relay events A maximum of 16 relay teams in each of the 4 events will qualify based on the aggregate of the two fastest times achieved by the national teams at IAAF recognised international events in the qualification period of 1 January 2007 to 16 July 2008

Hall of Fame

Xiang Liu Xiang Liu As a child, Liu Xiang was a high jumper until his sports school asked him to give up the event because ... [Full story]

Florence Griffith-Joyner Florence Griffith-Joyner Florence Griffith began racing when she was seven years old ... [Full story]

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