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What is the deadliest Olympic sport?

Published: 04th August, 2021 at 09:26
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Which event has the most fatalities? (Spoiler: it's not the javelin).

Despite the clear risks involved in sports like pole vaulting, javelin or boxing, surprisingly few deaths have occurred at the Summer Olympic Games. In fact, there are just three recorded deaths of athletes during past tournaments – two in cycling events and one during a marathon.


Injuries are frequent, however. At the end of the 2008 Olympics, over 1,000 injuries had been reported. The events associated with the most injuries were football, taekwondo, and hockey.

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Dr Claire Asher is a science journalist and has a PhD in Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution (GEE) at the University of Leeds. She also works part time as Manager of the UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network, based at Imperial College London. Asher is also the author of Brave Green World: How Science Can Save Our Planet.


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