Athletic contests in running, walking, jumping and throwing.
High jump in Ancient Egyptian tombs in Saqarra.
The Tailteann Games (an ancient Celtic festival in Ireland) including running and stone-throwing in the 30 day meet.
Original and only event at the 1st Olympics was a stadium-length running even known as the stadion.
Olympics expanded to include throwing and jumping events within the ancient pentathlon. Other athletic competitions were held at the Panehellenic Games.
Cotswold Olympic Games (a sports festival) featuring athletics in the form of sledgehammer throwing contests.
L'Olympiade de la République was held in revolutionary France (an early forerunner to the modern summer Olympic Games).
1796 - 1798
Olympiade marked the introduction of the metric system into the sport.
Athletics competition at the Royal Military College in Sandhurt.
Athletics competition at the Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt in Shropshire.
The Royal Military Academy at Woolwich held an organised athletics competition.
A regular series of closed meetings opened only to undergraduates at Exeter College, Oxford.
The annual Wenlock Olympic Games were first held incorporating athletics events into its sports programme.
The first modern-style indoor athletics meeting included a meet at Ashburnham Hall in London which featured 4 running events and a triple jump competition.
The US began holding an annual national athletics competitions - the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, first held by the New York Athletic Club.
Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) established as the 1st NGB of athletics and began holding its own annual competitions (the AAA Championships).
Amateur Athletic Union founded in the US.
Union des sociétés francaises de sports athletiques founded in France.
An athletics competition was included in the first modern Olympic Games (however only men could compete).
Athletics became codified and standardised via the English Amateur Athletics Association and other general sports organisations.
An international governing body, the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), was founded.
Women's events were introduced into the Olympic Games.
The 1st organised international competitions for athletes with a physical disability (excluding deafness) when the 1st international Stoke Mandeville Games were organised for WW2 veterans.
Athletics became part of the Paralympic Games.
The first Paralympic Games took place (which expanded to include athletes with amputations, cerebal palsy, visual impairment and wheelchair events).
The IAAF established a separate outdoor World Championships.
The internation governing body adopted its name of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).