Maps of World
Current, Credible, Consistent
World Map / Sports Events / Olympics / Athletic Events / 60 meter Sprint Event at Olympics

60 meter Sprint Event at Olympics

60 meter Sprint Event at Olympics: The 60 meter sprint event is normally contested on the indoor track during track ad field athletics competitions. The length of the track, where the contest is staged is only 200 meter. The time taken by the athletes to run 60 meter varies from six to seven seconds. The runners in the 100 meter sprint on the outdoor track event have been dominating the event. Both men and women contest in the 60 meter sprint event. However, the event is rarely contested on an outdoor track.

The athletes competing in the 60 meter sprint event have to be reflexive in order to get the quick start during the competition. The quick start and great speed are the important factors to the success in the event. The 60 meter sprint is also practiced as a part of the training programs in other major sports.

60 meter Sprint Event in Summer Olympics The 60 meter sprint event was included in the men's track and field athletics program only twice. The event was contested at the 1900 Paris Summer Games and the 1904 St. Louis Olympics. The event was never contested by the women athletes during the Summer Games.

Rules for 60 meter Sprint Event at Olympics: The rules applicable for the 60 meter sprint event at the Summer Games were-

  • The length of the track and the width of each lane are predetermined by the authority.
  • Athletes qualifying in the preliminary heat rounds are allowed to compete in the next round of the competition.
  • Any sprinter with two consecutive false starts will be disqualified.
  • The records made by the athletes will be recognized only if they are made on the track made of a substance where runners can run with spiked shoes.
  • The athlete has to finish the race to be liable for any credit for his performance.
  • The automatic timing device used for measuring the time in the event has to be approved by the organizing committee.
  • No athlete is permitted to run inside the inner curve of the track or to step on it during the race.
  • Medal Winners in the 60 meter Sprint Event at Olympics: Archie Hahn and Alvin Kraenzlein are the two athletes who won gold medals in the Olympic 60 meter sprint event competition. The other athletes dominating the domain of the 60 meter sprint event are Marcus Brunson, Jon Drummond, Ronald Pognon, Justin Gatlin, Terrence Trammell, Leonard Myles-Mills, Bruny Surin, Ben Johnson, Tim Harden, Andre Cason and Maurice Greene.

    Philomena Mensah, Chioma Ajunwa, Christy Opara-Thompson, Gwen Torrence, Sevatheda Fynes, Lauryn Williams, Melisa Barber, Nelli Cooman, Ekaterini Thanou, Merlene Ottey, Marion Jones, Gail Devers and Irina Privalova are the women athletes who are the leading figures in the 60 meter sprint event.

    Track events
    Field events
    Road events
    Combined events

    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. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    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.


    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    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.

    FAQs and Answers on History and Geography

    For further info please get in touch with
    Bill Spicer Executive VP, MapXL
    For US Queries
      (408) 637-0064   bill@mapxl.com