Athletics remains the Olympics' main attraction and all eyes will be trained on Great Britain's medal hopefuls Dai Greene, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis at London 2012.
Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram told BBC Sport how he progressed from Jarrow & Hebburn Athletics Club to 1500m glory at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.
If you want to run, jump or throw, athletics provides the perfect platform to compete. United Kingdom Athletics' Grassroots scheme provides information on how you can begin taking part whether as an athlete, coach, official or volunteer.
Visit the London 2012 schedule and results page on the BBC Sport website to find out details of when the Olympic athletic events are taking place, and where you can watch them.
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