Athletics. The most watched Olympic sport.

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Athletics or Track and Field is the most watched Olympic sport. 


The term ‘Athletics’ is used by the UK and the Commonwealth countries while the North Americans call it ‘Track and Field’. 


Someone once said ‘Track and Field’ is the ‘Prince of all Sports’. This may well be true as all other sport types are based on the run, throw and jump activities. Road running, cross country and race walking are also categorized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as ‘Athletics’.


But where did it all start? Ancient Egyptian tombs depicted events as early as of 2250 BC. In Ireland the Tailteann Games were founded in 800 BC consisting of running and stone-throwing among its sporting events. The original and only event at the first Olympics in 776.


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