London 2012: Athletics

Close to 2000 athletes will lock horns at the 47 track and field events in London to create history. Interestingly, the 100m event will bring the four fastest men under one roof and Bolt vs Blake will be much more than a friendly rivalry.
Sandeep Kumar Delhi   

Athletics is the largest single sport event at the London Olympics 2012. With 2000 athletes competing for the 47 events, definitely the contest will be mouthwatering as men and women from across the planet will lock horns to rein supremacy. These 47 events consist of 24 track, 16 field, two combined and five road events. Men’s event will be featuring 24 events where as 50 Km Race Walk will be missing from the Women’s event.

The Athletics event will be played out from 3rd August to 12th August. Each country is limited to three athletes in each individual event and one team in each relay event (maximum six athletes, of whom four will run).

Star players:

Usian Bolt, the five times World Champion and three time Olympic gold medalist is certainly a crowd favorite and the man to be cheered for. Men’s 100m and 200m event are expected to be the most enthralling with the likes of Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay competing in the same event. The Blake and Bolt rivalry would be much more than a friendly rivalry after Blake outran Bolt in both the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican trials.

Indian Players in the Event:

Men: Vikas Gowda will represent India in the Discus Throw team events. Gurmeet Singh and Baljinder Singh will feature 20 KM Walk event.  Om Prakash Singh Karhana is selected for Shot Put events. Mayookha Johny is selected for Triple Jump events. Ram Singh Yadav will feature in Marathon (50 Km walk).

 Women: Tintu Luka, who is coached by PT Usha will compete in 800 M race.  Krishna Poonia, Gold medalist at 2010 Common wealth Games offers great hope for a podium finish at the Discus Throw events.  

Athletics Format:

The majority of races on the track start with heats, with the fastest athletes/teams progressing to semi-finals and then the final. Field events start with a qualification stage, with the best athletes qualifying for the final. Athletes in the combined events compete to earn points; the amount of points depends on their performance in each of their events, not how they do in relation to their competitors.

Four main four strands of Athletics are:

1. Track events: Track events are divided into sprints, middle distance and long distance events, as well as those that include obstacles such as the Hurdles and Steeplechase. The track also hosts men’s and women’s Relays.

2. Field events: Field events are divided into throwing (for example, Shot Put) and jumping (High Jump).

3. Combined events: A combination of both track and field. These are the Decathlon for men (10 events) and the Heptathlon for women (seven events).

4. Road events: Marathon and Race Walks. 

Competition venue:

Olympic Park – Olympic Stadium (track, field and combined events)
The Mall (Marathon and Race Walk)

Suggested Reading:
Usain Bolt vs Yohan Blake rivalry adds Intrigue to Olympic track in London 

Yohan Blake lays out another marker for Usain Bolt
Krishna Poonia has medal to win and promise to keep