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About the sport

Track and Field is a very popular combination of disciplines and, since 1896, has accumulated the most important events in the Olympic Games. In London it will distribute 47 gold medals among its diverse specialties. The most anticipated competition will be the 100-meter spring, the fastest and most spectacular of the Games.

Among Track and Field are also the jumps, throws, and combined events, like the decathlon as well as other long distance races. The oldest specialty is the Marathon, created during the first modern Olympic Games, in honor of Ancient Greece. According to legend, a Greek soldier had to cross the distance between Marathon and Athens (42 km) to announce a victory in battle during the war.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Usain BoltUsain BoltCountry:Jamaica

Olympic champion and record holder in the 100 m, 200 m and 4x100 m relay, the Jamaican promised to "put on a show" at the Olympics after false start in Daegu 2011.


Yelena IsinbayevaYelena IsinbayevaCountry: Russia

She is considered the best vaulter in history. In London, the athlete seeks her third Olympic gold medal and also breaking the world record for the 29th time.

Jesse OwensJesse OwensCountry: USA

He won four gold medals in Berlin 1936, despite the recriminations of Adolf Hitler, who believed blacks to be an inferior race.


Kelly HolmesKelly HolmesCountry: England

After overcoming physical problems and considering suicide, Kelly Holmes found the strength to win two gold medals in Athens 2004.

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