Lewis-Francis at the start of the Men's 100m race

The Athletics disciplines of Track, Field and Marathon will feature across seven days of Glasgow 2014 competition.

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World and Olympic champions will be among those competing across sprint, middle-distance, long-distance and field events, including events for Para-Sport athletes.

Since 1970, Commonwealth Games events have had their distances measured in metric units. Running events have been the same for men and women since 2006. The sprint distances are 100, 200 and 800m. The middle distance races are the 1500, 5000 and 10,000m.

There are also the 100m and 400m hurdles, the 3000m steeplechase and a 20km walk.

In Scotland there are approximately 150 athletics clubs supporting an estimated 12,000 members. Scottishathletics and other sporting organisations aim to widen the participation in sport, both at grass roots level and by giving opportunities to talented athletes to succeed at UK, Commonwealth, European and world level.

Track athletics

Athletes at the start of the 110 Metres Hurdles

Track events include sprints, middle and long-distance races, including hurdles and relays.

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Field athletics

Fabrice Lapierre competes in the men's long jump

Field athletics is made up of jumping and throwing events. These include the long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault, and the shot put, discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw.

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The Marathon will take in the sights of a specially identified 42.195km Glasgow City Marathon Course.

Governing body

Scottishathletics is the governing body for athletics in Scotland. It was established on 1 April 2001, succeeding the Scottish Athletics Federation. Within Scotland, scottishathletics is affiliated to the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland, and it is also a partner organisation in British Athletics. At the international scale, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) acts as the world governing authority, for competition programming, for standardised technical equipment and for listing of official world records.


Athletic sports are some of the oldest sports recorded in history, with depictions of running, jumping and throwing being found in Egyptian tombs. Running was the only sport at the original Olympic Games in 776 BC. Athletics were included when the modern Olympics were started in 1896. An international governing body, the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), was founded in 1912; it adopted its current name, the International Association of Athletics Federations, in 2001. In 1982, the IAAF abandoned the traditional concept of amateurism and in 1985 created trust funds for athletes.

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