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.
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.