Athletics in Portuguese

vocabulary for athletics in portuguese

Hey there! In today’s Dica we are going to talk about athletics in Portuguese and all the different activities and modalities. Stay with us!

Modalities of Athletics in Portuguese

Let’s begin with the names for the types and modalities we have of athletics in Portuguese. Did you know we say atletismo to refer to athletics? Do you already know any words for types of atletismo in Portuguese? Don’t worry, we’ll teach you all about it, check it out:

Os 100 metros rasosThe 100-meter sprint 
Os 110 metros com barreiras (masculino/feminino)The 110-meter hurdles (men/women)
Os 200 metros rasosThe 200 meter sprint
Os 400 metros rasosThe 400-meter sprint 
Os 400 metros com barreirasThe 400-meter hurdles
Os 800 metros rasosThe 4×100 meters relay
O revezamento 4×100The 4×400 meters relay
O revezamento 4×400The 800 meters
Os 1500 metrosThe 1500-meter race
Os 3000 metros com obstáculosThe 3000 meters steeplechase
Os 5000 metrosThe 5000 meter race
Os 10000 metrosThe 10000 meter race
A maratonaMarathon
A marcha atléticaSpeed walking
O salto em distânciaThe long jump
O salto triploThe triple jump
O salto em alturaThe high jump
O salto com varaThe pole vault
O arremesso de dardoThe javelin
O arremesso de pesoThe shot put
O arremesso de marteloThe hammer throw
O lançamento de discoDiscus throw
O decatloThe decathlon
O heptatloThe heptathlon

Pronunciation for Athletics in Portuguese

Now that you have seen the words written and can memorize them, it’s time to pronounce them like a Brazilian. Pay attention to the accent and try to copy it.

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Verbs and Expressions for Athletics

Now, we have another list for you with more vocabulary related to athletics in Portuguese. Check out some verbs and other words to improve your ability to speak about athletics and talk like a true Brazilian!

JogarThrow or Play
DerrubarFall / Knock off / Knock over
Queimar a largadaJump the gun
Passar o bastãoPass the baton
  • Queimar a largada is an expression that is commonly used in Portuguese. It can be used relating to sports or to any other situation in life when someone is being hasty and doing something ahead of time. This expression arose precisely because of the running races in athletics, when a competitor would start the race before hearing the firing of the gun that would mark the start of the competition.
  • Passar o bastão is also another expression that originally arose because of athletics in Portuguese. It means that the team players have to pass the baton to every member of the team so they can win. In other situations, we use this expression to talk about transfer of responsibility. When you pass the baton, you are giving the responsibility to someone else.

Exercises Using Athletics Vocabulary

Correlate the words below to the proper meaning:

atletismo / salto com vara / queimar a largada / competir / 200 metros rasos / salto em distância

__________: Numa corrida, largar antes dos demais competidores.

__________: Entrar em concorrência simultânea com outro(s).

__________: Primeira corrida que se disputou nos Jogos Olímpicos da Antiguidade.

__________: Atletas tentam saltar o mais longe possível a partir de um ponto.

__________: Prova onde o atleta usa uma vara para ultrapassar um sarrafo. 

__________: Conjunto de exercícios atléticos, realizados individualmente ou entre equipes, que compreendem corridas, saltos e arremessos.

That’s it! Were you here in Rio de Janeiro in the 2016 Olympics? It was a huge event for our city. Did you know that we had an arena in Copacabana beach, next to the school?

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Vocabulary for the Olympic Games in Portuguese
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Swimming Vocabulary in Portuguese
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Queimar a largada: Numa corrida, largar antes dos demais competidores.

Competir: Entrar em concorrência simultânea com outro(s).

200 metros rasos: Primeira corrida que se disputou nos Jogos Olímpicos da Antiguidade.

Salto em distância: Atletas tentam saltar o mais longe possível a partir de um ponto.

Salto com vara: Prova onde o atleta usa uma vara para ultrapassar um sarrafo. 

Atletismo: Conjunto de exercícios atléticos, realizados individualmente ou entre equipes, que compreendem corridas, saltos e arremessos.

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