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Sprint races are short distance races in which athletes attempt to run at their maximum speed for the entire distance of the race. Sprinting is part of the athletics discipline and is included in all events that feature athletics competitions.

The 400m oval running track is divided into eight lanes, where each lane is 4 feet wide. Up to eight athletes compete in a single race. The competitions are held in a knockout format, where athletes in groups of eight participate in each race, with the winners moving on to the next round, until the final winner is decided.

Sprint races can be of various distances from 50m to 400m. The three formats used for the Olympic Games are: 100m, 200m and 400m. The 100m and 400m races are also held in a relay format in which a team of four each run a stage and pass the baton from one runner to the next.

For the 100m race, all runners line up in a straight line on a track, and for the 200m and 400m, the start position is based on which lane the athlete is in on the track. The runner who crosses the finish line first is the winner. The time it takes each athlete to finish the race is also recorded to maintain a historical record.