It’s all about the glamour, thousands of camera flashes and the roar of the crowd as the athletic elite go for glory on track and field.
The athletics is always one of the highlights of any Olympics, combining commitment, endeavour, timing and belief to become the best in the world. There have been some fantastic Team GB moments that are not only iconic to athletics but defining moments in UK sport – nothing brings a nation together like the Olympics and Tokyo promises to be special.
Often seen as one of the showpiece sports on the Olympic Programme, athletics is an exclusive collection of 47 track and field events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking.
Team GB sit third on the all-time athletics table with 205 medals, including 55 golds, with the United States out in front with 795 medals.
Many of Team GB’s iconic Olympic moments originate from track and field and perhaps none more so than ‘Super Saturday’ during London 2012 with gold medal wins for Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford lighting up the Olympic Stadium and forging a new passion for athletics in the UK.
In Tokyo, Team GB will possess a host of potential medal options. From Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake to Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Dina Asher-Smith and Laura Muir, there are plenty of opportunities for success and you can be there with one of our packages.
Team GB selected 366 athletes for Rio 2016 who competed across 23 sports. It was the biggest team at an away Games for 24 years. Sir Mo Farah became only the second man to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles when he triumphed in both events in Rio. He is now also the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals.
The 33-year-old triumphed in the 5,000m final to extend his tally as Britain's most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time. He won in 13 minutes 3.30 seconds as Scot Andrew Butchart finished sixth. In the 10,000m, he overcame a mid-race fall to power through to the front of the field in the final 100m and win in 27 minutes five seconds. Kenya's Paul Tanui took silver, with Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola in third.
Will there be more of the same this time from Great Britain’s finest? There’s the talent and the belief to make it special again.