Definition of athletics in English:


plural noun

North American
  • 1usually treated as singular Physical sports and games of any kind.

    • ‘Encouraged by his father to take up to athletics, he took to it like a duck taking to water.’
    • ‘And after that you have athletics and golf and tennis and whatever you like yourself.’
    • ‘Were ancient athletics useful for preparing young Greek men for the battlefield?’
    • ‘Having done athletics and played netball the transition to rugby was not difficult.’
    1. 1.1British The sport of competing in track and field events, including running races and various competitions in jumping and throwing.
      as modifier ‘athletics championships’
      • ‘Public facilities will include playing fields, an indoor sports arena and an athletics track.’
      • ‘Kelly Holmes last night became only the seventh British woman to win an athletics gold medal at the Olympics.’
      • ‘It was then that he took up athletics very seriously and also took on the triple jump, which he had not done before.’
      • ‘But it is only thanks to her big brother Marlon, a useful sprinter, that she turned to athletics.’
      • ‘But Moorcroft insisted that there was still an air of optimism in British athletics.’
      • ‘Jackson ended his wonderful athletics career with a fifth place in the final of the 60m hurdles.’
      • ‘In my commentary I said it was probably the most unpopular win in athletics.’
      • ‘The other topic that has dogged athletics, as it has so many sports in recent years, is drugs.’
      • ‘Just like the pole vault in athletics, you need the right equipment before you can even see if you have a talent.’
      • ‘Did competitors at the world athletics championships receive payment for taking part?’
      • ‘As a student in 1936 Andrew went to Berlin to compete at athletics with German medical students.’
      • ‘The report into Australian athletics is expected to be published on Monday.’
      • ‘Bright sunshine and mild temperatures heralded the first athletics competition of the year on Sunday.’
      • ‘Fredericks will always be remembered fondly by athletics fans around the world.’
      • ‘Mr Richards was a keen athlete who scooped hundreds of medals in a range of sports from swimming to athletics.’
      • ‘Sanchez's dominance of his event is almost unique in the world of athletics.’
      • ‘Jarlath Duffy won his award following a very successful year on the athletics track.’
      • ‘The club caters for all aspects of athletics, track and field, indoor and cross country.’
      • ‘It is not just in athletics that competitors have tried to evade being drug-tested.’
      • ‘Alongside football, athletics is probably the sport I know and care most about.’
      track and field events, sporting events, sports, games, organized games, matches, races, contests, competitions
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