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History of Athletics in FISU

Etymologically, athletics derives from the Greek term “athlos”, which describes some kind of contest or competition. Its roots are prehistoric as athletic elements are among the oldest of all sports, including running, walking, jumping, and throwing. Nowadays, athletics is a perfect example of the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ (‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’). The competitions require athletes to run faster, throw further, jump higher and leap longer than their rivals. With over 1,000 athletes competing in 50 events, athletics is the largest individual sport in the programme of the Summer Universiade.
Whereas the early roots of university athletics may be found in the 1920s with the National Union of French Students staging the International University Championships in Paris (including an athletics-only programme), its FISU history started with the International Summer Sports Weeks and with its inclusion into the compulsory programme at the first edition of the Summer Universiade in Turin (ITA) in 1959. In fact, the Turin Universiade was a remarkable success with superb athletes such as the Italian sprinter, Livio Berruti, or the Romanian high jumper, Iolana Balas, competing in the events. A total of 17 athletics records were broken, crowing the success of the first Summer Games. The organisation of the 1961 Universiade was entrusted to the young Bulgarian student sports association, where the athletics performance turned out to be particularly impressive, with two World and 20 Universiade records being taken. In the following years, athletics continued to increase in size and importance. High-level athletes such as Matson, Kirsztenstein, Crothers and Ottoz attracted crowds and turned the athletics competitions into spectacular events. The Turin Universiade in 1970 remains without doubts one of the most astonishing feats in Universiade history. With a total of 98 national, 40 Universiade, 2 European and 2 World records, the athletics events concluded beyond all expectations. At this stage the latest, athletics was well-considered not only for its number of participants but also and specifically for its high quality of competition. The Bucharest (ROM) edition in 1981 continued this path and 14 Universiade records were broken. Not even the cancellation of the Universiade in Sao Paulo in 1989 could hurt the success of university athletics. FISU accepted a proposal from the German university sports association to organise a Universiade limited to four sports, including athletics, and Olympic champions such as the young Michael Johnson and Paula Ivan participated in the event. The 1990s continued to progress athletics, ensuring to maintain its high standards into the 21st century.

 

FISU Regulations

The athletics events will be organised in accordance with the most recent technical regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The programme and duration of the competitions will be fixed by the Executive Committee in agreement with the Organising Committee and the CTI. In principle, the programme shall last six (6) days and include the following events:
 

 

Track discipline

Field discipline

Road

Men

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m,

Jumps: high, long,

20km walk, half marathon

 

1500m, 5000m and 10.000m

triple and pole vault

 

 

Hurdles: 110m and 400m

Throws: discus, javelin,

 

 

3000m steeplechase

shotput, hammer

 

 

Relays: 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m

 

 

 

Decathlon

 

Women

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m,

Jumps: high, long,

20km walk, half marathon

 

1500m, 5000m and 10.000m

triple and pole vault

 

 

Hurdles: 100m and 400m

Throws: discus, javelin,

 

 

3000m steeplechase

shotput, hammer

 

 

Relays: 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m

   
 

Heptathlon

  


Each country is authorised to enter in: 

  1. an individual event: two (2) athletes, both of whom have achieved the entry standard for the event in the year before the Universiade or one (1) athlete who has not achieved the entry standard;
  2. a team event: one (1) team
  3. For 10.000m for men and women, a maximum of three (3) athletes, all of whom have achieved the entry standard of the event in the year before the Universiade or two (2) who have not achieved the entry standard. 
  4. For the half-marathon and 20-km walk for men and women, a maximum of five (5) athletes, all of whom have achieved the entry standard of the event in the year before the Universiade or three (3) who have not achieved the entry standard.
  5. Each delegation entering a race walk or half-marathon team shall take part with a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) athletes.


Athletic Entry Standards

 

Event

Men

Women

Event

Men

Women

Track events

 

 

Field events

 

 

100 m

10.95

12.30

High Jump

210

167

200m

22.20

25.40

Pole Vault

510

350

400 m

49.60

56.00

Long Jump

720

580

800 m

1.54.00

2.15.00

Triple Jump

14.50

12.40

1 500 m

3.55.00

4.35.00

Shot Put

16.00

13.50

5 000 m

15.00.00

18.00.00

Discus Throw

55.00

48.00

10 000 m

30.15

35.45

Hammer Throw

57.00

59.00

Half Marathon

1.08.15

1.21.00

Javelin Throw

70.00

45.00

3 000 m steeplechase

9.30.00

12.20.00

Heptathlon

 

N/ A

110/100 m hurdles

14.20

14.00

Decathlon

N/ A

 

400 m hurdles

54.00

64.50

 

 

 

20 km Walk Race

1.26.30

1.43.00

 

 

 

4 x 100 m Relay

N/ A

N/ A

 

 

 

4 x 400 m Relay

N/ A

N/ A

 

 

 


Minimum Requirements for Athletics 

The Organising Committee must provide, for exclusive use, one athletics stadium with full support facilities as approved by the Athletics CT. The IAAF regulations must be followed.
 

Competition Facilities

Type of Venue

Number of Venues

Changing room competitors

Changing room TOJR

Spectator Seating

Press and Media Seating

Stadium

1

Gender Segregated

X

25,000

500

Warm-up

1

Gender Segregated

-

-

-

Track & Field Training

1

Gender Segregated

-

-

-

Jumps & Throws Training

1

Gender Segregated

-

-

-


  • An athletics track with synthetic surface complying with IAAF Rules
  • It must have 8 lanes with a 10-lane sprint straight
  • A full range of track and field equipment within the approved range of the IAAF
  • Two (2) x (12 line electronic scoreboard) + six (6) infield scoreboards
  • A warm-up facility for track and field events within or immediately adjacent to the stadium with the same technical characteristics and materials as those used during competitions
  • An athletics track and field training area with the same technical characteristics and materials as those used during competitions
  • A jumps and throws training area equipped with throwing implements with the same technical characteristics and materials as those used during competitions

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2017 - 29th Summer Universiade - Taipei City (TPE)

2015 - 28th Summer Universiade - Gwangju (KOR)

 

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2005 - 23rd Summer Universiade – Izmir (TUR)

2003 - 22nd Summer Universiade – Daegu (KOR)

2001 - 21st Summer Universiade – Beijing (CHN)

1999 - 20th Summer Universiade - Palma de Mallorca (ESP)

1997 - 19th Summer Universiade – Sicily (ITA)

1995 - 18th Summer Universiade – Fukuoka (JPN)

1993 - 17th Summer Universiade – Buffalo (USA)

1991 - 16th Summer Universiade – Sheffield (GBR)

1989 - 15th Summer Universiade – Duisburg (FRG)

1987 - 14th Summer Universiade – Zagreb (YUG)

1985 - 13th Summer Universiade – Kobe (JPN)

1983 - 12th Summer Universiade – Edmonton (CAN)

1981 - 11th Summer Universiade – Bucharest (ROU)

1979 - 10th Summer Universiade - Mexico City (MEX)

1977 - 9th Summer Universiade – Sofia (BUL)

1975 - 8th Summer Universiade – Rome (ITA)

1973 - 7th Summer Universiade – Moscow (URS)

1970 - 6th Summer Universiade – Torino (ITA)

1967 - 5th Summer Universiade – Tokyo (JPN)

1965 - 4th Summer Universiade – Budapest (HUN)

1963 - 3rd Summer Universiade - Porto Alegre (BRA)

1961 - 2nd Summer Universiade – Sofia (BUL)

1959 - 1st Summer Universiade – Torino (ITA)

 

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