Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking.

As such, athletics easily is the richest source of gold medals in international competition, notably the Asian Games and the Olympics, as well as the regional athletic competition such as the Southeast Asian Games.

During the last edition of SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Vietnam cornered 34 medals composed of 17 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze, relegating Thailand to second place with a 9-13-11 gold-silver-bronze tally, and Malaysia to third with 8-8-9 tally.

The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and walking race.

Here is the list of events include din athletics, considered as thee centerpiece collective event in Asian Games, Olympics, Sea Games, and other international multi-event tournaments.


1. 10,000m run
2. 100m dash
3. 110m hurdles
4. 1500m run
5. 200m
6. 20km race walk
7. 3000m steeplechase
8. 400m hurdles
9. 400m run
10. 4x100m relay
11. 4x400m relay
12. 5000m run
13. 50km race walk
14. 800m run
15. Decathlon
16. Discus throw
17. Hammer throw
18. High jump
19. Javelin throw
20. Long jump
21. Marathon
22. Pole vault
23. Shot Put
24. Triple jump


1. 10,000m women
2. 100m hurdles women
3. 100m women
4. 1500m women
5. 200m women
6. 20km race walk women
7. 3000m steeplechase women
8. 400m hurdles women
9. 400m run
10. 4x100m relay women
11. 4x400m relay women
12. 5000m run women
13. 800m run
14. Discus throw women
15. Hammer throw women
16. Heptathlon women
17. High jump
18. Javelin throw
19. Long jump women
20. Marathon women
21. Pole vault women
22. Shot Put women
23. Triple jump

Athletics is mostly an individual sport, with the exception of relay races and competitions which combine athletes’ performances for a team score, such as cross country.

The results of racing events are decided by finishing position (or time, where measured), while the jumps and throws are won by the athlete that achieves the highest or furthest measurement from a series of attempts.

The simplicity of the competitions, and the lack of a need for expensive equipment, makes athletics one of the most commonly competed sports in the world.