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Facts and figures about athletics for London Olympics


09:16, July 23, 2012

LONDON, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Following are the facts and figures about athletics for the 2012 London Olympic Games:

80,000 - capacity in the Olympic Stadium during the Games.

10,000 - tons of steel used to build the Olympic Stadium.

7,291 - Olympic points record in heptathlon, set by Jackie Joyner-Kersee (United States) in 1988. She also surpassed 7,000 points in 1992 and is the only woman to have done so at the Olympic Games.

1912 - year of the first official world records and the year the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, was founded.

1,000 - tabled seats in the media tribune.

500 - dedicated positions for photographers.

312 - total gold medals won by the United States in Olympic athletics history.

192 - length in meters of the first event (the "stade" race) at the ancient Olympics.

141 - number of medals to be won in athletics at London 2012.

100 - number of Olympic medals won by United States in women's events, the most of all NOCs.

87 - number of sweeps of all medals in an event by one nation.

80 - length in meters of track laid under the main stand as a warm-up facility.

29 - years since the sport's longest-standing world record was set, one minute 53.28 seconds by Jarmila Kratochvilova (Former Czech Republic and Slovakia) in the the women's 800m on 26 July 1983.

23 - medals won by United States in Beijing 2008, the most by any country.

21 - number of times United States have won the men's long jump, the most Olympic gold medals by one NOC in any single athletics discipline.

12 - most medals won by an individual athlete, distance runner Paavo Nurmi (Finland) in 1920 , 1924 amd 1928.

9 - Paavo Nurmi (Finland) and Carl Lewis (United States) are the most successful Olympians in athletics with nine gold medals each.

9 - the most medals won by a woman, Merlene Ottey (Jamaica) in 1980, 1984 and 1992-2000, although none of them were gold.

8 - Europeans have won the last eight Olympic gold medals in men's discus throw going back to 1980.

7 - the longest active streak of any athletics discipline being won by the same NOC - United States men's 400m and men's 3000m steeplechase by Kenya.

5 - most golds won by one athlete at a single Games, Paavo Nurmi (Finland) in 1924, among them the men's 1500m and 5000m within 90 minutes.

4 - the longest winning streak of Olympic titles, achieved by two men, both from United States - Al Oerter and Carl Lewis.

3 - Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) can become the first Jamaican to win the same Olympic event (200m) three times in any sport.

2 - allowable wind speed, in meters per second, for performances in horizontal jumps and sprints to be considered for records.


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