Sports Events in Which Athletes Avoid Being Touched?

Have you ever wondered what sports events require athletes to avoid being touched? Here is a list of 10 sports events in which athletes avoid being touched.

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The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events. The word decathlon is of Greek origin, from δέκα (déka, meaning “ten”) and ἄθλος (áthlos, or ἄθλον, áthlon, meaning “feat”). Events are held over two consecutive days and the athletes complete all ten events in the same order. The decathlon is contested mainly by male athletes, while female athletes typically compete in the heptathlon.

The decathlon is widely regarded as one of the most demanding sports activities in the world. Although its format has changed slightly over the years, the event’s demanding nature has remained relatively constant. It is one of the oldest sporting competitions, having been recorded in ancient Greece as early as 648 BC. Lewis Tewanima set the world record for the decathlon in 1912; it remained unbroken untilwowen Karl Schrittwieser won with a total of 8456 points at cross country running event at 1912 Summer Olympics.

The current world record holder is Kevin Mayer of France with a total of 9126 points, set while winning gold at 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London.


The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers, or 26 miles and 385 yards. The marathon has been a part of the modern Olympic Games since the inaugural edition in 1896.

High jump

In the high jump, athletes sprint towards a bar and attempt to jump over it without knocking it off. They must use only their legs and feet to propel themselves over the bar. If they touch the bar with any other part of their body, they will be disqualified.

Long jump

In the long jump, athletes sprint down a runway and jump as far as they can from a plasticine-covered wooden board into a sandpit. The athlete who jumps the farthest without fouling (leaving the runway before the plasticine, or touching the ground with any part of the body besides the feet in the sandpit) wins.

Triple jump

In the triple jump, athletes take a running start and leap as far as possible from a takeoff point. They may use any style of jump, but most use a hop, skip and jump technique. Triple jumpers aim to land on the back side of the Sand pit with as little forward movement as possible.

Pole vault

Pole vault is a track and field event in which athletes attempt to clear a bar or crossbar without knocking it down, using only a long, flexible pole as an aid. The sport can be traced back to early Greece, China and India, though it was only developed as a modern sport in the late 19th century.

Pole vaulting requires great athleticism, strength and coordination, as well as technique and practice. Because of the nature of the event, athletes must be very careful not to touch the crossbar or they will be disqualified. As a result, pole vaulters often look like they are performing a delicate dance as they make their way up and over the bar.


In a steeplechase, the runner races not only against the clock but also over a number of hurdles and water jumps. The origin of the steeplechase is thought to be in Ireland, where races were held over natural obstacles such as fences, ditches and streams. These early races were called “cross-country” contests, with the name “steeplechase” first used in the 19th century.

The most common form of steeplechase today is the 3,000-meter race, which is run on a 400-meter track. There are also 2,000-meter and shorter races. The obstacles in a steeplechase are designed to be challenging but not impossible to clear. They include four hurdles and seven water jumps.

In order to avoid being touched by another athlete, competitors must run around or over the obstacles while maintaining their speed. If they are touched by another competitor, they may be disqualified from the race.

Discus throw

In the discus throw, the thrower stands inside a circle of 2.135 meters (7.004 ft) in diameter. They start from a position facing away from the center of the circle, and then turn clockwise until they are facing the center. Then, they release the discus at a point on the circumference of the circle closest to where they are standing. The discus must land within a sector that is 29° to 34° wide (112° to 146° in arc), and centered 34° below horizontal (216° above).

Hammer throw

In the hammer throw, the athlete spins around several times before releasing the heavy metal ball at the end of a wire. The aim is to throw the ball as far as possible. The hammer throw is one of the four throwing events in Track and Field, along with the discus, shot put and Javelin.

In order to achieve maximum distance, athletes must avoid being touched by anything other than their feet or shoes while they are spinning.This can be difficult because the momentum of their spin can make it hard to keep track of where their bodies are in relation to objects around them. If they are touched by anything other than their feet or shoes, it is called a foul and their throw does not count.

Javelin throw

In the javelin throw, the athlete attempts to throw a spear as far as possible. The javelin must be held behind the head and released over the athlete’s shoulder, with the aim of having it land pointing forwards and stick into the ground. If the javelin falls short of the target, or fails to stick in the ground, it is classed as a foul throw.

Shot put

In the sport of shot put, athletes compete to see who can throw a heavy metal ball the furthest. The shot put is a very physically demanding event, and as such, athletes go to great lengths to train their bodies to be as strong and powerful as possible. However, one aspect of the event that is often overlooked is the mental game.

Throwing a heavy ball as far as possible requires a high degree of focus and concentration. And while the physical strength of the athlete is certainly important, it is the mental game that can often be the difference between winning and losing.

One way that some shot putters prepare for competition is by visualizing their throws. They will close their eyes and imagine themselves flawlessly executing their throws, hitting their marks perfectly and propelling the shot put far into the air.

Another way that shot putters avoid being touched is by using visualization to create a barrier around them. They imagine an invisible barrier surrounding their bodies that repels any object that comes into contact with it. This helps them to stay focused and prevents them from being distracted by anything else going on around them.

The sport of shot put can be very mentally demanding, but if athletes are able to master the mental game, it can be an extremely rewarding experience.

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