What’s the deal?
In three words: Track and Field. One of the O.G. Olympic sports, it’s the Games’ motto personified. Run faster, jump higher, heave a weighted object farther.
Talk about a marathon of a sport — Men and women compete in 47 different events. But you won’t see event equality here. Women have one fewer event — just one walking race compared to the men’s two, and it’s not that women are more hep — their multi-event competition has just seven events compared to the men’s ten.
Five reasons to watch:
- There’s fast, and then there are these folks.
- During Slo-Mo replays, you can kid yourself that if that was the regular speed, you could be just as fast.
- When you see the Steeplechase, you’ll wish you could do one of those instead of just another lousy 5K.
- Will a relay runner drop the baton?
- That’s what speed walking looks like?
Everyone’s talking about:
Usain Bolt’s potential triple-triple. The fastest man in the world for the past umpteen years, he’s going for his 3rd consecutive gold in 3 different events.
If you’ve got The Feverr, you’re watching:
Hammer throw. Because you never get to see it anywhere else.
Potential drinking game:
Drink every time the announcers mention Bruce or Caitlin Jenner during the Decathlon.
The perfect snack: Grab an energy bar — you’re in for the long haul
Americans can check out USA Track & Field for more information. Other nationals, please look for your local track & field association.
Want to be a track & field official? Find officiating resources–including information on international officiating–here.