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With its various running, throwing and jumping disciplines, athletics is one of the most diverse sports in the world. Thanks to this variety, participation in many athletics disciplines is possible both in a standing and in a sitting position, and therefore both by wheelchair users and by people not requiring a wheelchair.

At the Invictus Games, there are seven sports classes each in the track events (running and jumping) and in the field events (throwing). With the 100-metre, 200-metre, 400-metre and 1,500-metre races as well as the 4 × 100-metre relay event, five types of running competitions are offered. In addition, athletes can compete in discus, shot put and long jump events. The rules and regulations applicable at the Invictus Games are largely identical to those of Paralympic athletics. Athletics is one of the most ancient sports still practiced today, and already formed an integral part of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece. Since 2014, this sport has been part of the competition programme of the Invictus Games.