LONDON (AP) Roger Bannister will forever be remembered for four laps around the track.
So it was fitting that the first man to break the four-minute mile 58 years ago was front and center at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night to watch the men's 1,500 meters, known as the metric mile.
"I feel I never really left," the 83-year-old Bannister told The Associated Press after seeing Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi break away down the stretch to take the Olympic gold medal, the one prize he never collected.
The largest single sport at the Games, athletics encompasses all track and field disciplines and is comprised of roughly 2,000 athletes. Its roots go back long before the first modern Olympiad of 1896, and can be traced to the ancient Games of Greece, which began in the 8th century BC. Explore the history of the sport, the numerous events that make it up and those who have left their indelible mark on the Summer Games with gold medals and record-setting performances.