About the Sport

From the very first Olympic Games in 776BC to the revival of the modern Games in 1896, athletics has always been part of the Olympic Games.

Often seen as one of the showpiece sports on the Olympic Programme, athletics is an exclusive collection of 47 track and field events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking.

Team GB sit third on the all-time athletics table with 194 medals, including 53 golds, with the United States out in front with 767 medals. 

Many of Team GB’s iconic Olympic moments originate from track and field and perhaps none more so than ‘Super Saturday’ during London 2012 with gold medal wins for Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford lighting up the Olympic Stadium.