Invictus Games athletics begin after ‘Drumhead’ Service

‘Wounded Warriors’ pause for reflection before doing battle in Track & Field

The Invictus Games sporting competition began this morning with the athletics heats. 112 field competitors and 128 track competitors are taking part in today’s competition.

On the track there was the 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m final along with the 4x100m relay. The field events are Shot Put and Discus. 179 competitors from all 13 nations will have been involved in the crucial qualifying rounds and heats earlier in the day.

A moving ‘Drumhead Service’ was held before the athletics began – coming in the year of the centenary of the start of World War One and on September 11th, it was chosen as a fitting moment of reflection.  Its origins date back to when soldiers would make a pile of drums to provide a makeshift altar on the field of battle.

Teams range from Estonia’s two field athletes to the US contingent who bring 40 competitors in the field and 44 on the track. Henson will lead out the British Armed Forces team hopefuls comprising 10 athletes in the field events and 20 on the track.

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