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Masters athletics

Masters athletics is a class of the sport of athletics for older athletes in track and field, road running and cross country running. Competitors are bracketed into five-year age groups beginning at 35 for track and field and 40 for distance-running events. Men as old as 105 and women in their 100s have competed in running, jumping and throwing events. Masters athletes are sometimes known as "veterans" and the European Masters Championships, for instance, is known as "Eurovets." This and other events cater largely to former elite-level athletes, but many masters athletes are newcomers to their respective sports and enjoy the camaraderie offered by masters competition at the local, national and international level. Many national governing bodies for track and field host annual masters events, and prestigious national meets such as the Penn Relays and even the U.S. Olympic Trials put on exhibition events for top masters athletes.

                                               

Open class (track and field)

The classification is defined as: Mens long distance running is limited to male athletes sixteen 16 years and older on the day of the competition. Having no maximum age limit Mens race walking and all womens competition, athletes shall be fourteen 14 years or older on the day of the competition

                                               

Under-18 athletics

Youth is a category of athletics in which athletes compete under the age of 18 years. Countries all around the world compete in athletics. World Youth Athletics Competitions are held every 2 years which contain the best Youth competitors in the world.

                                               

Under-20 athletics

Junior is a category of athletics in which athletes compete under the age of 20 years. Countries all around the world compete in athletics. World Junior Athletics Competitions are held every two years which contain the best junior competitors in the world.

                                               

Under-23 athletics

South American Under-23 Championships in Athletics European Athletics U23 Championships, organized by the EAA every 2 years NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics

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