Olympic Track & Field 2012: The 5 Strangest Olympic Events and Their Origins

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Olympic Track & Field 2012: The 5 Strangest Olympic Events and Their Origins
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The Olympics certainly has some interesting events, several of which are being contested in track and field. The women's steeplechase is about to begin, and the men's hammer throw has already finished. 

The triple jump works in reverse, as the women have already completed the event and the men begin on Day 11.

Race walking is so interesting it has two different events for the men. One is completed and the other is held on Saturday along with the women's event.

Then there is the modern pentathlon, an event that is so strange it received its own classification. We know that it is not "track and field" per se. But as it involved a few track and field disciplines, we're throwing it in the mix.

One other item that stands out with these events was the significant delay until women's events were included in the Olympics.

The following slides will provide a little information on each event, including its origin, first year it was included in the Olympics and a few interesting facts.

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