The London 2012 Olympics is only 18 days away, and like most sports fans, our family is excited to witness the games and watch as the world’s best athletes compete for the much coveted Olympic medals.
I will be sharing with you the stamp collections that we have that feature the Olympic Games. I will share with you some information about each sport (these info are mostly taken from the official website of the London 2012 Olympics).
Athletics is the perfect expression of the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ (‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’) – the competition requires athletes to run faster, throw further, jump higher and leap longer than their rivals. With 2,000 athletes competing in 47 events, Athletics is the largest single sport at the Games.
Friday 3 August – Sunday 12 August
Olympic Park – Olympic Stadium (track, field and combined events)
The Mall (Marathon and Race Walk)
Number of medal events:
47 (24 track, 16 field, two combined and five road)
Number of competitors:
2,000. Each country is limited to three athletes in each individual event and one team in each relay event (maximum six athletes, of whom four will run).
*source : Official London 2012 Website