Natalia Sadilova’s tears were made tears of joy

After the end of the second preliminary heat of 25 meters, Natalia Sadilova burst into tears, because she believed that she finished in the last place. But this proved not to be the case as the 18 year old Russian athlete took the fourth position. A volunteer tried to calm her down leading her off the pitch.

Athletics Sport

Athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.

In essence, success in athletics depends on the athlete’s determination and practice habits. Yet merely by participating in an athletics training program, the athlete can learn:
  • self-discipline
  • the ability to make independent decisions
  • lifelong fitness skills that will help him or her lead a more productive and independent life.


The links below will provide you with more detailed information on Athletics in Special Olympics .

Quick Start Guide

Coaching Guide



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