Definition of athletics in English:


plural noun

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

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