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Athletics Comprehension Quiz

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests reading comprehension of the Athletics page.

1. One of the events in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece was

discus
steeplechase
pole-vault
a) discus b) steeplechase c) pole-vault

2. Modern-style athletics competitions began in English schools in the

18th century
19th century
20th century
a) 18th century b) 19th century c) 20th century

3. The IAAF World Championships in Athletics have been held since

1896
1961
1983
a) 1896 b) 1961 c) 1983

4. Most outdoor athletics tracks have

six lanes
eight lanes
ten lanes
a) six lanes b) eight lanes c) ten lanes

5. Most indoor athletics tracks have a length of

200 metres
300 metres
400 metres
a) 200 metres b) 300 metres c) 400 metres

6. The longest running race in athletics is the

steeplechase
10,000 metres
marathon
a) steeplechase b) 10,000 metres c) marathon

7. Some of the few team events in athletics are the

relay races
field events
gymnastics competitions
a) relay races b) field events c) gymnastics competitions

8. Field events in athletics include jumping and

running events
throwing events
sprinting events
a) running events b) throwing events c) sprinting events

9. The champion runner Paavo Nurmi was born in

Sweden
Denmark
Finland
a) Sweden b) Denmark c) Finland

10. How many Olympic gold medals did Carl Lewis win?

eight
nine
ten
a) eight b) nine c) ten

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