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Hurdling (Athletics)

Hurdles or hurdling is a track and field sport that involves running and jumping over obstacles at speed. Hurdling is part of athletics at the Olympic Games.

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Hurdling is the basis of a few track and field events. In the said events, obstacles or barriers which are called hurdles, are set to which each athlete must jump over. Failure to do so may get an athlete disqualified. The standard hurdle race is 110 meters for men and 100 meters for women. There is also a 400-meter hurdle race for both men and women.

All these distances are events in the Summer Olympics and the World Championships in Athletics. The 110-meter and 100-meter hurdles are done on a running track, the 400-meter versions covers one whole oval track. There are also shorter distances which are done on indoor tracks, the distances start from 500 meters onwards. Hurdles in track races are usually 68-107 centimeters in height, but sometimes it varies on the age and gender of the participants.

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