Quiz about Running Jumping and Throwing
Quiz about Running Jumping and Throwing

Running, Jumping, and Throwing Quiz


A mix of questions about track and field events. There is a little bit of everything in this quiz. So 'hurdle' through the questions and 'put' forth your best effort to make it to the 'finish line'.

A multiple-choice quiz by dcpddc478. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
dcpddc478
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
371,155
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
638
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: bmrsnr (10/10), Possum1 (7/10), Guest 67 (0/10).
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1. Winning a gold medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics, American athlete Dick Fosbury was one of the most famous competitors in which event? Hint

110 hurdles
4x100m relay
High jump
Hammer throw

2. There is a one second time penalty for knocking over a hurdles in all hurdling events.

True
False

3. Which one of these is a field event that involves running a short distance? Hint

Javelin throw
Shot put
Discus
Fencing

4. Which of the following options is a modern day Olympic field event that involves hurling a steel ball attached to a wire? Hint

Chainsaw heave
Ratchet hurl
Wrench toss
Hammer throw

5. Which of the following men is an American track and field athlete that held the world record long jump from 1968-1991? Hint

Roger Bannister
Michael Phelps
Jesse Owens
Bob Beamon

6. Athletics is an umbrella term for a variety of sports including what is commonly referred to as track and field.

True
False

7. What is the name of the object handed off from runner to runner in relay races? Hint

Baton
Cosh
Cudgel
Truncheon

8. The origins of the field event are a matter of historical debate. Which one of these countries is often put forward as the origin of shot put? Hint

Scotland
Peru
China
Australia

9. British track and field athlete Harold Abrahams won the Olympic gold medal in the 100m sprint. Which of the following 1981 movies was about this moment in track and field history? Hint

Cool Runnings
Training Rules
Field of Dreams
Chariots of Fire

10. Which one of the following athletes was the first to run a mile in under four minutes? Hint

Roger Bannister
Roger Daltrey
Roger Federer
Roger Moore


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Winning a gold medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics, American athlete Dick Fosbury was one of the most famous competitors in which event?

Answer: High jump

Dick Fosbury was one of the most influential high jumpers in modern Olympic history. His technique, known as the "Fosbury Flop", involves the jumper clearing the bar head first and backwards. Until Fosbury introduced his unique style, most jumpers used a straddle technique, the sometimes ended in injury. Fosbury's style was completely innovative, allowed for higher jumps, and is used by almost all high jumpers today.
2. There is a one second time penalty for knocking over a hurdles in all hurdling events.

Answer: false

Many people have the misconception that there is a time penalty for knocking down a hurdle while running, but this is completely false. If the runner touches the hurdles it will fall over, thus slowing down the runner and elevating their time.
3. Which one of these is a field event that involves running a short distance?

Answer: Javelin throw

The javelin throw is a field event that involves running and then throwing a spear/javelin for distance. A javelin is usually about 8.5 ft. (2.7 meters) in length and is a very popular field event in Nordic countries which dominated the sport throughout the 20th century.

The athlete gains momentum by running at a high rate of speed before throwing the javelin. At top speed, a thrown javelin can reach speeds of 70 mph (113 km/h).
4. Which of the following options is a modern day Olympic field event that involves hurling a steel ball attached to a wire?

Answer: Hammer throw

The hammer throw can be traced back thousands of years to the Celts. It has been modified through the years. This is a male-dominated sport, and it was not until 2000 that the women's hammer throw made its debut in the Olympics. This sport requires speed, strength, and good hand-eye coordination.
5. Which of the following men is an American track and field athlete that held the world record long jump from 1968-1991?

Answer: Bob Beamon

In 1968, Bob Beamon set a long jump record that lasted for almost 23 years (October 1968 to August 1991 when it was broken by Mike Powell at a meet in Tokyo). At the Olympics that year he broke the world record by almost two feet. When he realized what he had done, he collapsed and had to be helped to his feet.

His jump was named as one of the five greatest sports moments of the 20th century by "Sports Illustrated" magazine.
6. Athletics is an umbrella term for a variety of sports including what is commonly referred to as track and field.

Answer: True

Athletics is a term for the competitions found in track and field events. The term also covers race walking and cross country racing. It basically refers to sports that do not involve specialized equipment, such as helmets, padding, and balls.
7. What is the name of the object handed off from runner to runner in relay races?

Answer: Baton

Relay races are about the only team events in track and field events. A tube known as a baton is transferred from on runner to the next runner. Each distance that is run by one athlete is known as a "leg". Relay races usually involve four teammates and can vary in distance from 100m to over 1000 km.

The most common distances are the 100m and the 400m relays. In the past batons were usually made of wood, but today are almost always made of hard plastic or aluminum.
8. The origins of the field event are a matter of historical debate. Which one of these countries is often put forward as the origin of shot put?

Answer: Scotland

Scotland is often cited as the origin of shot put. There are records of first century competitions involving stone/weight throwing. By the Middle Ages, there were competitions involving throwing cannon balls. Throughout history, these balls, known as shots, have been made of a variety of materials. Stone, iron, and brass have been the most commonly used materials.
9. British track and field athlete Harold Abrahams won the Olympic gold medal in the 100m sprint. Which of the following 1981 movies was about this moment in track and field history?

Answer: Chariots of Fire

Harold Abrahams was one of the first British Olympic champions of Jewish descent. His story is part of the Academy Award winning film "Chariots of Fire". Abrahams was both a sprinter and a long jumper, and was well known for his daily rigorous training program. This film gives a wonderful look into the difficulties and persistence required by an athlete to become and Olympic champion.
He won the gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics.
10. Which one of the following athletes was the first to run a mile in under four minutes?

Answer: Roger Bannister

Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. On May 6, 1954, at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, Bannister did the impossible when he broke the four minute barrier. One of Britain's most beloved athletes, in 2012, Bannister carried the Olympic flame through this location, which is now known at Bannister stadium.
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