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Track and Field Beijing Olympics 2008



Track and Field Beijing Olympics 2008
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 8
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     challenging words:    consecutive, decathlon, Marshevet, sprinters, stade, stades, acceptable, qualify, banned, entertainment, overall, successful, assistant, discus, sprint, javelin
     content words:    Tyson Gay, Darvis Patton, Field Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, United States, Team USA, Ancient Greek Olympic Games, Olympic Games History, XXIX Olympiad, Day Two


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     Spanish: Pruebas de Atletismo en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2008 en Pekín


Track and Field Beijing Olympics 2008
By Susan Radtke
  

1     Caption: First place winner Tyson Gay (Right), and third place winner Darvis Patton (Left) celebrates with fans after the men's 100 meter final during day three of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials at Hayward Field.
 
2     The Olympics are an ancient and exciting form of athletic entertainment. In 2008, athletes from all over the world will gather in the city of Beijing in the People's Republic of China to compete in over three hundred events. The United States has a very successful Olympic track and field record. Track and field athletes have trained hard to qualify to make Team USA. Under great leadership, the team hopes to continue the country's successful streak in the sport.
 
3     The Ancient Greek Olympic Games originated in 776 B.C. Events consisted of the stade race, two-stade race, and a long distance run of seven to twenty-four stades. A stade is the equivalent of two hundred meters. Furthermore, according to Mike Rosenbaum's article "Olympic Games History," field events, including the modern equivalents of wrestling, discus, javelin, long jump, and sprint, took place every four years until the Olympics were banned in 393 A.D. for religious reasons.
 
4     The Games of the XXIX Olympiad will also include track and field events. Men's track events will include the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 5000, and 10,000-meter runs. The 110 and 400-meter hurdles will also take place. There will be a 3000-meter steeple chase and 100 and 400-meter relays. Lastly, 20 and 50-kilometer race walks will be contested along with the running of a marathon. Men will also participate in the following field events: high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, discus, shot put, javelin, hammer, and decathlon.

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