Perhaps NASCAR, football and other “manly” sports are given a lot of importance over track and field but the fact of the matter is that the effort that goes into all physical sports is the culmination of years and years of hard training and sacrifice.
One of the guys who has been on my list for sometime now (and will be!) has been the great Sergei Bubka who broke his own record almost 35 times during his time as a pole vaulter for the Soviet Union and showed complete dominance in his sport, pole vaulting…
Are Pole vaulters popular: Even for all the wrong reasons?
Allisson Stokke, being a pole vaulter too, is ALSO getting some serious attention for all the wrong reasons! Well, she’s been on the track and field team at UCLA while the photograph for this piece has indeed taken the internet world by storm bringing her a whole lot of unwanted attention… (assuming that you care anymore about pole vault poles after seeing her pic!) And if she doesn’t do much for you, try Amanda Beard (who doesn’t love a swimmer!).
But I digress…
Sports & Exercise – A Comparison, of sorts
And while David Walters once said, “An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” with which I fully concur, it isn’t such a bad idea to try track and field sports once in a while, you know.
But before all this one must understand the basic tools that are used in track & field before getting started…
Track & Field Events
Track and field sports is one of the oldest sports that the world has seen, ranging from a time in Olympic, Greece and while being a solid part of the Olympics ever since this worldwide sporting event came into being.
There are three types of events that take place in the track and field arena: throwing, running and jumping.
Generally speaking, the events include :
1. Sprints such as 60 m, 100 m, 200 m and 400 m
2. Middle-distance running such as 800 m, 1500 m and 3000 m
3. Long-distance running such as 5000 m and 10000 m
4. Hurdles such as 60 m, 100 m, 110 m, 400 m and 3000 m steeple-chase
5. Relays such as 4 x 100 m and 4 x 400 m
5. Jumps such as long jump, high jump, triple jump and pole vault
6. Throws such as shot put, discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw
7. Combined events that comprise both track and field such as pentathlon (5 events), heptathlon (7 events) and decathlon (10 events)
However, it’s pretty obvious that equipment is required to conduct these sporting events.
Track & Field Equipment
While the oval track (commonly made of crump rubber) is all that one will use for sprints, starting blocks are also used by runners these days.
Equipment such as hurdles and the steeplechase are used for the same events (as under point #4 mentioned earlier) whereas batons are used for relays as well.
When it comes to the field events, the shotput, discus, javelin and the hammer are the equipment that is used for each of the throwing events mentioned earlier.
Finally, horizontal bars for high jump and the pole vault along with the pole vaulting pole for the latter are equipment that is used for these ‘jumping’ events.
The bottom line of participating in sports such as these is that one can not only have fun while they compete with other athletes but they have to end up doing warm-up among other exercises anyways to stay supremely fit in order to compete at their best in this competition. Check Allison Stokke’s pics out… and you’ll see why!