Portland, Ore., isn't known for sunny weather. Yet when it rains this weekend, as it's expected to, the athletes competing at the IAAF World Indoor Championships won't feel a drop.
Indoor track and field meets are relatively new in the world of athletic competition. Unofficially, the first was held in 1863, in London, England, in a grand hall on the grounds of Cremorne Pleasure Gardens, according to Spike magazine, the publishing arm of the International Association of Athletic Federations. There were four running events and the triple jump.
The IAAF held its first official international indoor meet in 1985, in Paris. They moved to Indianapolis, Ind., two years later and have been held every two years since.
But history isn't the only element that differentiates indoor and outdoor events, at least at the international level.
1. There are fewer indoor disciplines than outdoor ones.
At the highest level of IAAF competitions, outdoor track and...