The term "athletics" encompasses various disciplines, with specific equipment required for each activity.
Athletics dates back to ancient times; in fact, many of the disciplines still practised today were invented in ancient Greece. Athletics has been an official Olympic sport since the first modern games in 1896, and it remains one of the most popular and fascinating sports at a competitive level to this day.
Many disciplines in one great sport
Athletics encompasses various disciplines that can be divided into three categories: running, throwing and jumping.
Running ranges from sprinting and middle-distance races to more unusual contests such as the hurdles and relay races.
As well as running, athletics also includes all the jumping disciplines, from the high jump and the pole vault to the long jump and the triple jump. And let's not forget all the throwing events: the shot put, the discus, the hammer and the javelin.