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Athletics Vocabulary

Athletics
Athletics

ATHLETE: a trained person in sports who takes part in track and field comeptitions

BATON: a short tube passed from runner to runner in a race

BELL LAP: the final lap in a race

DECATHLON: an athletic event in which competitors take part in ten sports events

DISCUS THROW: a sports event of throwing the discus

FALSE START: an invalid start of a race in which one of the competitors starts too early – before the official signal has been given

HAMMER THROW: a sports event of throwing the hammer

HEPTATHLON: an athletic event in which competitors take part in seven sports events

HIGH JUMP: a sports event in which competitors jump over a bar

HURDLES: a series of frames that runners must jump over

JAVELIN THROW: a sports event of throwing the javelin

LANE: parallel lines on a running track

LONG JUMP (TRIPLE JUMP): a sports event of jumping as far as possible in one leap (in three leaps)

POLE-VAULT: a sports event in which competitors leap over a high bar with the aid of a long and flexible pole

RELAY: a race of teams of runners passing batons to each other on a team

SHOT PUT: a sports event of throwing a very heavy metal ball

STARTING BLOCKS: blocks for keeping runner’s feet in a fixed position at the start

STEEPLECHASE: a sports event in which runners must clear hurdles and water jumps

TRACK: an oval shaped piece of ground for athletes to run