|Welcome to the official international Athletics discussion, as well as the home of the 2008 summer olympics!|
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Welcome, since there isn't a topic of this magnitude, I've decided to make one. This took me a fair while, I'm actually rather ashamed to say how long, but as you can see, I've taken a lot of time out and put a hella lot of effort into this. Personally I'm a massive Athletics fan, and always manage to watch it whenever I can. I love the olympics and every event it holds, and I miss nothing whenever it's on, including the opening ceremony, closing ceremony as well as all the events. Thus why I have also created the official home to the 2008 summer olympics, which will be taking part in Beijing later on this year. In this thread will be information on athletics, World records stats complete with videos, legendary moments in the history of athletics and general chit chat about the sport. Enjoy!
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| The original and only event at the first Olympics in 776 BC was a stadium-length foot race or "stade", run on a track.|
There were several other "Games" held in Europe in the classical era:
The Pythian Games (founded 527 BC) held in Delphi every four years
The Nemean Games (founded 516 BC) held in Argolid every two years
The Isthmian Games (founded 523 BC) held on the Isthmus of Corinth every two years
The Roman Games Arising from Etruscan rather than purely Greek roots, the Roman Games deemphasized footraces and throwing. Instead, the Greek sports of chariot racing and wrestling, as well as the Etruscan sport of gladiatorial combat, took center stage.
Other peoples, such as the Celts, Teutons and Goths who succeeded the Romans, enjoyed athletic contests. However, these were often related to combat training. In the Middle Ages the sons of noblemen would be trained in running, leaping and wrestling, in addition to riding, jousting and arms-training. Contests between rivals and friends may have been common on both official and unofficial grounds.
In the 19th century the formal organization of the modern events started. This included the incorporation of regular sports and exercise into school regimes. The Royal Military College, Sandhurst has claimed to be the first to adopt this in 1812 and 1825, but without any supporting evidence. The earliest recorded meeting was organised at Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1840 by the Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt. There are details of the meeting in a series of letters written 60 years later by C.T. Robinson, who was a pupil there from 1838 to 1841. The Royal Military Academy at Woolwich held an organised competition in 1849, but the first regular series of meetings was held by Exeter College, Oxford from 1850.
Modern athletic events are usually organized around a 400 meter running track on which most of the running events take place. Field events (vaulting, jumping, and throwing) often take place on the infield, inside the track.
Athletics was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has formed their backbone ever since. Women were first allowed to participate in track and field events in the 1928 Olympics.
An international governing body, the IAAF, was founded in 1912. The IAAF established separate outdoor World Championships in 1983. There are a number of regional games as well, such as the European Championships, the Pan-American Games, and the Commonwealth Games. In addition there is a professional Golden League circuit, cumulating in the IAAF World Athletics Final, and indoor championships such as the World Indoor Championships. The sport has a very high profile during major championships, especially the Olympics, but otherwise is less popular.
The AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) was the governing body in the United States until it collapsed under pressure from advancing professionalism in the late 1970s. A new governing body called The Athletics Congress (TAC) was formed. It was later renamed USA Track and Field (USATF or USA T&F). An additional, less structured organization, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), also exists in the United States to promote road racing.
In modern times, athletes can receive money for racing, putting an end to the so-called "amateurism" that existed before.
It's so amazing to see the transformation which has occured since the first recorded Olympic games were produced. As time has progressed so has athletics, including the athletes abilities, take the 100 metres race for example, the World record in 1936 was 10.2 seconds, by Jesse Owens. As the years progressed the World's fastest man gradually got faster and faster, and todays' World record is an obliterating 9.74 seconds by Asafa Powell. How things have changed thanks to modern technology.
And now, time to remember the greatest and fastest athletes to ever grace the planet, complete with videos (click on the athletes names).
|100 metres||Asafa Powell JAM||9.74||Florence Griffith Joyner USA||10.49|
|200 metres||Micheal Johnson USA||19.32||Florence Griffith Joyner USA||21.34|
|400 metres||Micheal Johnson USA||43.18||Marita Koch RUS||47.60|
|800 metres||Wilson Kipketer DEN||1:41.11||Jarmila Kratochvílová CZE||1:53.28|
|1500 metres||Hicham El guerrouj MOR||3:26.00||Qu Yunxia CHI||3:50.46|
|5000 metres||Kenenisa Bekele ETH||12:37.35||Meseret Defar ETH||14:16.63|
|10,000 metres||Kenenisa Bekele ETH||26:17.53||Wang Junxia CHI||29:31.78|
|100/110 metre hurdles||Liu Xiang CHI||12.88||Yordanka Donkova RUS||12.21|
|400 metre hurdles||Kevin Young USA||46.78||Yuliya Pechonkina RUS||52.34|
|3000 metre steeplechase||Saif Saaeed Shaheen KEN||7:53.63||Gulnara Samitova RUS||9:01.59|
|4x100 metre relay||United States|
|4x400 metre relay||United States|
|Decathlon||Roman ebrle CZE||9026||N/A||N/A|
|Heptahlon||N/A||N/A||Jackie Joyner Kersee USA||7295|
|High jump||Javier Sotomayor CUB||2.45 metres||Stefka Kostadinova RUS||2.09 metres|
|Pole vault||Sergei Bubka UKR||6.14 metres||Yelena Isenbayeva RUS||5.01 metres|
|Long jump||Mike Powell USA||8.95 metres||Galina Chistyakova RUS||7.52 metres|
|Triple jump||Jonathan Edwards UK||18.29 metres||Inessa Kravets UKR||15.50 metres|
|Shot putt||Randy Barnes USA||23.12 metres||Natalya Lisovskaya RUS||22.63 metres|
|Discus throw||Jürgen Schult GER||74.08 metres||Gabriele Reinsch GER||76.80 metres|
|Hammer throw||Yuriy Sedykh RUS||86.74 metres||Tatyana Lysenko RUS||78.61 metres|
|Javelin throw||Jan elezný CZE||98.48 metres||Osleidys Menéndez CUB||71.70 metres|
|Haile Gebrselassie ETH||27:02||Paula Radcliffe UK||30:21|
|Felix Limo KEN||41.29||Kayoko Fukushi JAP||46:55|
|20,000 metres||Haile Gebrselassie ETH||56:26.0||Tegla Loroupe KEN||1:05:26.6|
|Haile Gebrselassie ETH||55:48||Lornah Kiplagat KEN||1:02.57|
|Samuel Kamau Wanjiru KEN||58:33||Lornah Kiplagat KEN||1:06.25|
|Haile Gebrselassie ETH||21.285km||Tegla Loroupe KEN||18.340km|
|25,000 metres||Toshihiko Seko JAP||1:13:55.8||Tegla Loroupe KEN||1:27:05.9|
|Paul Malakwen Kosgei KEN||1:12:45||Mizuki Noguchi JAP||1:22.13|
|30,000 metres||Toshihiko Seko JAP||1:29:18.8||Tegla Loroupe KEN||1:45:50.0|
|Marathon||Haile Gebrselassie ETH||2:04.26||Paula Radcliffe UK||2:15.25|
|Takahiro Sunada JAP||6:13:33||Tomoe Abe JAP||6:33.11|
|20,000 metres walk|
|Bernardo Segura MEX||1:17:25.6||Olimpiada Ivanova RUS||1:26:52.3|
|20 kilometre walk|
|Vladimir Kanaykin RUS||1:17.16||Olimpiada Ivanova RUS||1:25.41|
|30,000 metre walk|
|Maurizio Damilano ITA||2:01:44.1||N/A||N/A|
|50,000 metre walk|
|Thierry Toutain FRA||3:40:57.9||N/A||N/A|
|50 kilometres walk|
|Nathan Deakes AUS||3:35:47||N/A||N/A|
|50 metres||Donovan Bailey CAN||5.56||Irina Privalova RUS||5.96|
|60 metres||Maurice Greene USA||6.39||Irina Privalova RUS||6.92|
|200 metres||Frankie Fredericks NAM||19.92||Merlene Ottey JAM||21.87|
|400 metres||Kerron Clement USA||44.57||Jarmila Kratochvílová RUS||49.59|
|800 metres||Wilson Kipketer DEN||!:42.67||Jolanda Èeplak RUS||1:55.82|
|1000 metres||Wilson Kipketer DEN||2:14.96||Maria Mutola MOZ||2:30.94|
|1500 metres||Hicham El gerrouj MOR||3:31.18||Yelena Soboleva RUS||3:57.71|
|Mile||Hicham el Geurouj MOR||3:48.45||Doina Melinte ROM||4:17.14|
|2000 metres||Kenenisa Bekele ETH||4:49.99||N/A||N/A|
|3000 metres||Daniel Komen KEN||7:24.90||Meseret Defar ETH||8:23.72|
|2 miles||Kenenisa Bekele ETH||8:04.35||N/A||N/A|
|5000 metres||Kenenisa Bekele||12:49.60||Tirunesh Dibaba ETH||14:27.42|
|50 metres hurdles||Mark Mckoy CAN||6.25||Cornelia Oschkenat GER||6.58|
|60 metres hurdles||Colin Jackson UK||7.30||Susanna Kallur SWE||7.68|
|High jump||Javier Sotomayor CUB||2.43 metres||Kajsa Bergqvist SWE||2.08 metres|
|Pole vault||Segei Bubka UKR||6.15 metres||Yelena Isinbayeva RUS||4.95 metres|
|Long jump||Carl Lewis||8.79 metres||Heike Drechsler||7.37 metres|
|Triple jump||Aliecer Urrutia CUB|
Christian Olsson SWE
|17.83 metres||Tatyana Lebedeva RUS||15.36 metres|
|Shot put||Randy Barnes USA||22.66 metres||Helena Fibingerová CZE||22.50 metres|
|Heptathlon/Pentathlon||Dan O'Brien USA||6476||Irina Belova RUS||4991|
|5000/3000 metres walk||Mikhail Shchennikov RUS||18:07.08||Claudia Stef ROM||11:40.33|
|4x400 metres relay||United States|
These records just go to show how high the level of ability athletes can acheive. Every single one of these records are unbelievable, inhumane in fact. Out of all the World records listed above I cannot select ten which stand out, they are all amazing. Sergei Bubka and Yelena Isinbayeva come to mind, the first people to pole vault over milestone lengths. Javier Sotomayor's World record in the high jump is impeccable, to jump backwards, over an 8 foot plus obstacle is quite some feat. Michael Johnson's World records in the 200 and 400 are out of this world, as are Florence Griffith Joyners and Asafa Powells. Every single World record is worth bowing down to, truly majestic.
|Asafa Powell, Jamaica-|
|Still only 25, Asafa Powell has the World at his feet. An absolutely explosive World record in the 100 metres of 9.74 seconds is in his grasp, and he looks certain to increase that time, judging by the fact that in his World record race, he actually slowed down towards the finish. In the top 10 fastast legal 100 metres times in history, Asafa Powell consumes six of those times; the amazing 9.74 seconds, 9.77 seconds on three occasions, a 9.78 and 9.83 times are what he's acheived, and he's still young. Since finishing fourth in the 2004 Olympic games final he has just gone from strength to strength, and probably won't stop soon. Maybe we'll see a sub 9.7 in the near future? He's acheived a bronze medal and silver medal at the World championships, as well as two gold medals in the commonwealth games, which seem to me, a little like he's underacheived. None the less, the amazingly outstanding World record is still his, and I'm sure he'll acheive greater times than his 9.74 seconds in the near future.|
|Maurice Greene, United States-|
|Like Asafa Powell, Maurice Greene was an extremely talented sprinter, especially in the 100 metres area. In the all time legal 100 metres greatest times, he holds three times in the top ten; a 9.82, 9.80 seconds time as well as his previous World record time of 9.79 seconds. His record is also sublime; He's won two golds, a silver and a bronze medal in the olympic games, as well as five gold medals in the World championships. On top of that he won a gold medal in the World indoor championships, so he's definitely had quite a career. With his typical arrogant, cocky attitude, he is one of the most iconic athletes of his generation.|
|Micheal Johnson, United States-|
|Born in 1967, Michael Johnson still holds World records for two of the most competitive events in athletics; the 200 metres and 400 metres events. His greatest time in the 200 metres is a jawdropping 19.32 seconds, and his equally amazing World record in the 400 metres is 43.18 seconds, that surmasses to 10.7 seconds per 100 metres. And his 200 metres World record equals out at 9.66 seconds per 100 metres, so possibly he could've succeeded in the 100 metres department. His medal record is astounding, five gold medals in the Olympic games, and nine gold medals in the World championships. He truly is a legend.|
|Jesse Owens, United States-|
|Perhaps the most iconic athlete ever, competing in the 1930's, life for a black person was generally tough. At the 1936 olmpics in Germany, Owens was competing in front of Adolf Hitler, and was set out to destroy his myth of Aryan supremacy. Owens did just that, and how. He won four gold medals, and quickly became a legendary icon. To this day Owens is still a legend, for his remarkable acheivements.|
|Sergei Bubka, Soviet Union/Ukraine-|
|The ultimate pole vaulter. Bubka won six consecutive World championships, as well as gold in the 1988 olympics. Bubka broke the World record for the pole vault 35 times, yeah, thirty five times! He was the first man to jump over six metres, and the first and only man to clear 6.10 metres. Truly outstanding. Before Bubka jumped six metres, that height was considered unattainable and really highlights how amazing Sergei actually was.|
|Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopia-|
|A veteran of the sport. He has accomplished just about everything an athlete would wish to accomplish. He still holds five World records and has broke World records a total of 25 times, and is obviously one of the greatest endurance runners to ever grace the sport. Having won two gold medals in the olympic games, six medals in the World championships, four of them gold and four gold medals in the Indoor campionships, he certainly hasn't underacheived.|
|Florence Griffith-Joyner, United States|
|The fastest female who ever walked this Earth. Her times in the 100 metres and 200 metres races were so quick, that people actually didn't believe they were possible and many accusations of drug abuse were thrown against her. These accusations became stronger due her her premature death in 1998. However, the records to this day still stand, and they are quite unbelievable. 10.49 seconds in the 100 metres, and 21.34 seconds in the 200 metres. Not one athlete has ever come close to those records, barring herself, by far the fastest woman ever. What an athlete.|
|Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia|
|Still only 25, Yelena Isinbayeva has already made history many times. She's won a gold medal in her first Olympics, two gold medals in the World championships, three gold medals in the World indoor championships and two gold medals in the European championships, and won the jackpot in the IAAF Golden league after winning all six events. As well as breaking the Pole vault World record 21 times. Not only that, she was the first, and still is the only woman to jump over 5 metres, a feat on itself. With her peculiar style, she's got the World at her feet.|
|Carl Lewis, United States|
|With ten olympic medals, nine of them being gold, and ten World championship winning medals, eight of them being gold, Carl Lewis is widely regarded World wide as the greatest athlete ever. His main events were the 100 metre, 200 metre, 4x100 metre relay races as well as the Long jump events, and he previously set World records in the 100 metre, 4x100 metre and 4x200 metre events, and still is the World record holder for the long jump indoors. He also holds dear to one of the longest unbeaten streaks in history, having won 65 consecutive long jump competitions, spanning a total of ten years. A World great.|
|Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco|
|"The King of the mile". Hicham currently holds World records for the 1500 metres event, with a time of 3:26.00, and obtains seven of the top ten fastest times in said event ever. He also holds the World record for the mile, with a time of 3:43.13, and obtains seven of the top ten fastest times ever in that event as well. He also holds the World record for the outdoor 2000 metres race with a time of 4:44.79. Not only that, he's the second fastest man ever to run the 3000 metres, with a time of 7:23.09, only the great Daniel Komen is faster than him in that department. Furthermore, Hicham has won three medals at the Olympics, two of them being gold. And has won six medals at the World championships, with four of them being gold. A truly iconic athlete.|
|Micheal Edwards, Great Britain and N.I|
|Better knwon as "Eddie The eagle", Micheal Edwards was the first British ski jumper to represent in the Olympics. And was the British national ski jump record holder, as well as the stunt jumping World record holder. Not to mention his World's number nine in amatuer ski jumping (106.8mph). And on top of that, he has a rule named after him, The Eddie the eagle rule! Due to his phenomenom in 1990, the IOC instituted the rule, which requires Olympic hopefuls to compete in international events and place in the top 30 percent or the top 50 competitors, whichever is the lesser. A true British hero.|
|Jesse Owens versus Adolf Hitler|
|A very talented, native American black athlete, against the most powerful man on the planet's myth of Aryan supremacy. Nevermind the Olympics, this was, and still is one of the greatest and iconic moments in the history of sport. The 1936 Olympics, completely dominated by white Europeans, and along comes Black American Jesse Owens, who set out to destroy this myth. Owens wins not only one event, but four. The 100 metres, 200 metre, 4x 100 metre relay, as well as the long jump were all completely annihilated by Jesse Owens, at the watchful eyes of the demonic Adolf Hitler. Truly mesmorising stuff.|
|Ben Johnson drug scandal|
|The line up for the 1986 olympic games 100 metre final was in place, and all eyes were on two people; the formiddable Carl Lewis, and World record holder Ben johnson. The winner, in a truly unbelievable time of 9.79 seconds, completely smashing the World record, was Canadian Ben Johnson, who completely annihilated the field, including the great Carl Lewis. Unfortunately he didn't do it alone, fuelled by anabolic steroids which helped him win the race, Ben Johnson was inevitibly disqualified and removed of his gold medal, as well as his World record time. One of the biggest cheat scandals in Athletics history.|
|What a Beamer!|
|On October 6th, 1968, history was truly made. The long jump finals were currently ongoing, and up steps lucky-to-qualify Bob Beamon. Having only just qualified (two fouls in qualifying), Bob Beamon wasn't exactly the favourite for the long jump title. Views had changed, however, after his first jump. The distance, a truly unpresidented 8.90 metres, further than any human had jumped before. And he was also the first man to jump over 28 feet, AND 29 FEET! To show how amazing the jump actually was, the previous record was 21 inches lower. The record lasted almost 23 years until it was broken in 1991 by American Mike Powell. Quite possibly the leap of the century. Brilliant.|
|Eric the eel|
|Probably my favourite moment EVER! It was the 100 metre freestyle swimming qualifiers in the 2000 Olympic games. Eric Moussambani (eric the eel) only qualified for the Olympics because more countries without decent training facilities had the chance to experience something. The Equitorial had never seen a 50 metre pool before the Olympics, and only learnt to swim eight months before the Olympics began, in a 20 metre pool. But this didn't affect his performance. He actually won his race, as the other athletes were disqualified. All he had to do was to finish the race, as quick or as slow as he wanted. Seems easy, was it f*ck. Eric managed to complete the race in a whopping... 1:52.72 seconds, which is even slower than the 200 metre freestyle World record, but hey, The Equitorial Guinea record was completely smashed!|
|To win one gold medal in the Olympics would be pretty intense, to win seven would literally be off the scale! That's what American Mark Spitz did in the swimming department, as well as breaking the World records in every race. One of, if not the greatest performance by an athlete in the Olympic games.|
|Lorz of the rings|
|The year was 1904 at the Saint Louis Olympic games, and the marathon race was underway. Less then half of the 31 starters of the race actually finished due to the heat, and the winner was American Fred Lorz. There is however, a story behind this. After nine miles of the race Lorz was suffering from cramps, so his manager gave him a lift in his car, an 11 mile lift! before it broke down. Lorz then carried on running and finished the event in first place. Although initially going along with it, Lorz then told officials he had a lift in his manager's car, and only finished the race for a joke. But the officials weren't laughing, and Lorz was inevitibly disqualified.|
Unfortunately there isn't a video for thise one, it was in 1904, after all!
|Greg Louganis, who at the time was the greatest diver in the World, was about to make his ninth preliminary dive in the 3 metre springboard competition. Unfortunately, on the way down he banged his head against the board, and splashed into the water. He suffered from cuts to his head which led to stitches. Still manged to win the competition though.|
|1968 Olympics black power|
|The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was a noted black nationalist protest and one of the most overtly political statements in the 110 year history of the modern Olympic Games. It was the ceremony for the 200 metres final race, where black man Tommie Smith won gold, Australian Peter Norman finishing second and black man John Carlos finishing third. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, wore black socks when they were on the podium, with no shoes, to represent black poverty. Smith als wore a black scarf around his neck for black pride, whereas Carlos wore beads which he described were for black individuals that were killed and no prayer was said for them. The picture above became Worldwide news and sparked a mass political debate. While there national anthem was playing, they both held there arm held high, each with a black glove on, to salute black power. They ended up getting booed off but held no regrets.|
|The Munich massacre|
|About two weeks into the 1972 olympics a tragic event happened. Members of the Israeli olympic team had been kidnapped and held hostage by Yaser Arafets organisation. In the end 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were killed, aswell as a German police officer and 5 terrorists, totalling 17 deaths. The three terrorists who survived were arrested and later released following the hijack of Luthansa airliner. Israel responded to this by a series of air strikes and assasinations of those Israel claimed were planners of the killings. There was later a film mad about the incident, directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg.|
Again, if anybody has any suggestions for stuff to add to this section, feel free to let me know.
Well that's it, this is basically a factsheet and general discussion about the history of athletics, greatest athletes ever, legendary moments and World records. What is your favourite athletics event? Do you aspire to be an athlete one day? who is your true iconic athletic hero? what is you favourite World record?
For me, my favourite atletics event has always been the 100 metres, and was the event I was best at, at my school. The buzz of the final of the 100 metres is electrifying, and alway entertaining. Thus my favoruite World record would have to be Asafa Powell's blistering time. As for my favourite athlete of all time, I simply cannot choose, if I were to write a shortlist, you'd be reading all night. Jesse Owens, Michael Johnson, Eric Mousambani to name a few, the list is endless.