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They are measured in meters. Example, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter dash, 1600 meter run, 400 meter relay, 1600 meter relay etc.

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Some are measured in 50 meter pools (as in the Olympics)

Others are measured in 25 yard pools

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They can be measured in both, but most are in yards.

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Q: Are tracks at track and field meets measured in meters or yards?
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