Athletics is by far most widespread sport. Athletics comprises of many different categories which include Running, long jump and different track/field sports. Athletics is one of the major events of Olympic Games. Athletics based sports has the largest viewership during Olympics.
Few of the most paradigmatic players to grace this sport were gold medalists in the swimming on track and in different Field sports. Usain Bolt who is Jamaican by origin is the most accomplished athlete. Usain Bolt holds the world record in running sport. He was the most popular athlete in 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Equally famous with both genders:
Olympics are also a symbol of gender equality in Athletics which give equal representation to both male and female athletes in almost all categories.
Marion Jones is among the most famous women athletes. Marion Jones gained the status of a celebrity after she secured 3 gold medals and 2 bronze in 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Afterwards Marion Jones medals were confiscated when she admitted that she used steroids during her training.
Representation by most number of countries in Athletics:
Athletics is the only most represented sport in the Olympics in which players from almost every country participate in in different categories.
Most watched single Olympic event:
Athletics event attracts large number of tv viewers. 100m sprint race holds the record of most most watched athletic sport in Olympic history in which with over 1 billion fans tuned into their television sets all over the world.