Athletics competitors and competition areas

Competition area

A professional athletics stadium must provide competitors with:

  • a 400 m synthetic rubber running track
  • a long/triple jump runway and pit
  • a shot put circle
  • all high jump equipment
  • all pole vault equipment
  • a hammer and discus cage
The athletics track comprises the start lines for the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, the finish line, high jump, long jump/triple jump area, pole vault, discus/hammer throw cage, shot put and javelin.


Athletics is a collection of sporting events that consist of the three major areas of running, jumping and throwing.

The running events include sprints, middle and long-distance events and hurdling. Jumping events include the long jump, high jump, triple jump and pole vault, while the throwing events include the discus throw, hammer throw, javelin throw and shot put.

There are also combined events, such as the decathlon for men, which consists of ten events, and the heptathlon for women, which consists of seven events.