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Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking.

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. 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.

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  • African Junior Records in the sport of athletics are ratified by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA). Athletics records comprise the best performance of an athlete before the year of their 20th birthday. Technically, in all under 20 age divisions, the age is calculated "on December 31 of the year of competition" to avoid age group switching during a competitive season. Read more...
  • This is the list of Universiade records in athletics. Read more...
  • The Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics is an athletics event which began in 1967. Records set by athletes who are representing one of the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation's member states. Read more...
  • World records in disability athletics are ratified by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In Paralympic athletics competitions, athletes are given a class depending on the type and extent of their disability. The classes are as follows:
    • 11-13: Blind and visually impaired
    • 20: Intellectually disabled
    • 32-38: Athletes with cerebral palsy; classes 32-34 compete in wheelchairs, while 35-38 are ambulant
    • 40-46: Ambulant athletes with amputations or other disabilities such as dwarfism
    • 51-58: Wheelchair athletes with spinal cord injuries or amputations

    The IPC recognizes records for each of these classes.

    Key:  Frozen Record
  • The South American Championships in Athletics is an athletics event which began in 1919. Records set by athletes who are representing one of the CONSUDATLE's member states. Read more...
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