The track and field events form the bedrock of the Olympic games since the times in Ancient Greece and has always been part of the program since the modern Olympics came into being in 1896. The stadium is the venue for the most watched events at the Games and the Olympic motto of Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) is personified by the athletes taking part in various running, jumping and throwing events.
We look at five memorable moments at the Olympics that will always be remembered for years to come.
5) 2008: Usain Bolt wins the 100m gold in record time
Before the 2008 Olympics, not many knew of the Jamaican sprinter. After the track and field events in Beijing, billions around the world knew the name of the fastest man on the planet, aptly named Bolt.
The 100m has always been the most popular event at the Olympics. It grabs eyeballs and does not allow you to blink lest you miss something in a race that lasts less than 10 seconds.
Bolt qualified for the final with times of 9.92 seconds and 9.85 seconds and settled into lane 4. In the absence of a head or tail wind, Bolt was one of the last competitors off the blocks as the others such as fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell and Richard Thompson from Trinidad and Tobago surged ahead.
Then it happened. 40 metres in, Bolt found his stride, lifted his head up and then burst forth into the lead in a manner never seen before in a 100m race. What was even more remarkable was that his shoelaces were untied and he still won by a margin of 0.2s – a massive lead in the 100m.
Bolt set a new record time of 9.69 seconds in spite of slowing down and celebrating before crossing the finish line. The win even saw scientists try and predict his time had he run full throttle all the way to the finish line.