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Field Events at Olympics

Field Events at Olympics constitute of events that are played by men and women outdoors. Events like long jump, high jump, triple high jump, shot put for men and women, javelin throw, hammer throw and discus, pole vault, all these games form a part of the Summer Games events. All these track events make the Summer Games special and give it a touch of uniqueness since Olympics is the only sports event which has space for every type of sport. Players from various nationalities participate in these games which have been a part of the Olympics right from its inception.

The Field events at Olympics are:

  • Long Jump - This is a popular event at the Olympics. In this sport a player has to jump as long as possible. Both men and women take part in this.
  • The Triple Jump - Again both men and women can appear in this game, which was incorporated in the Olympics from its inception in 1896. More like the long jump, this sport requires the player to jump in three steps. The first time he has to hop, followed by landing on the second foot and finally landing on the starting foot.
  • High Jump - A player has to jump as high as possible from the starting point over a horizontal bar without taking any support from any other device. Flexibility and speed are prerequisites to this game.
  • Shot Put - A heavy metal ball is thrown by the contestants. The greater the distance the most points the player accumulates.
  • Discus Throw - It is one of the oldest games practiced on earth. A lens shaped disc is thrown by the players which is made of heavy metal and bordered by wood, rubber and plastic. The women's event started in 1914.
  • Hammer Throw - This is a steel ball throwing event enrolled under the Athletics category wherein the players need to throw the steel ball by grasping the grip.
  • Javelin Throw - This is another field event in which the javelin has to be thrown by the players from a specific point on the ground. The javelin is made of metal or fiber glass.
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    Obsolete Track and Field athletic events

    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

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    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


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    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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