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General Knowledge: How much do you know about the game in which Neeraj Chopra won gold? Read all about javelin throw

General Knowledge: How much do you know about the game in which Neeraj Chopra won gold?  Read all about javelin throw

India won gold in athletics for the first time in 121 years at the Tokyo Olympics. People’s interest in it has started increasing since the gold in the sport of Javelin Throw in the Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra (Photo Credits Twitter)

India won gold in athletics for the first time in 121 years at the Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj Chopra has achieved this record in Javelin Throw ie Javelin Throw competition. With winning gold in the Olympic javelin throw, people’s interest has increased a lot towards this sport. There will be very few people who will know all the rules of this game.

After winning the first gold medal in Javelin Throw, there is an atmosphere of celebration in the whole country. In such a situation, people are also taking interest that what is this game after all and what are its rules (Rules of Javelin Throw). Let us know everything about this sport that won India gold in the Tokyo Olympics.

What is Javelin Throw?

Javelin throw is an Olympic sport. It is a track and field event, which includes athletic events such as running, jumping and throwing. This is an outdoor sport. In this, the male spear weighs at least 800 grams and is between 2.6 meters and 2.7 meters in length. At the same time, the weight of women’s spear is at least 600 grams and the length is between 2.2 meters and 2.3 meters. Throw is measured from the point where the tip first hits the ground.

spear shape

Weight- For a male player, the weight of the spear is 800 grams. At the same time, there is a spear of 600 grams for the female player.

Length- 2.6 and 2.7 m (8 ft 6 in and 8 ft 10 in) for the male, while 2.2 and 2.3 m for the female.

javelin throw game rules

While throwing the javelin, it is thrown over the shoulder. You cannot turn your back in the direction of throwing the javelin before throwing it. If any part of the player’s body touches the line at the end or ends of the field (also known as the scratch line) while throwing the javelin, it is considered a violation of the game. The correct throw in this game is considered to be that in which the end of the spear enters the ground or the spear remains standing on the ground. During the game, the player is given a chance to throw the spear three times. The one who throws the farthest wins. Also, if the end of the spear breaks or the spear breaks while throwing the spear, then the attempt is considered unsuccessful.

javelin throw

  • A thrower begins the run-up by raising the spear over the shoulder (closer to the head), with the pointed metal end pointing in the direction of the throw. Also, there is a grip to hold this pole.
  • The athlete runs on a runway from 30 meters to 36.50 meters long and 4 meters wide. The athlete may not leave the runway at any time during the throw.
  • The athlete can hold the spear according to his convenience in three ways. American Grip, Finnish Grip and V Grip. In all the three grips, the position of the fingers and the spear is different.
  • Athlete’s straight run-up usually consists of 10 to 15 steps, followed by three to four crossover steps, during which the athlete continues to run but the athlete swerves and throws the javelin in the right direction.
  • According to the law of the game, the athlete must not cross the foul line. This is the line from which the distance is measured. The force with which athletes throw the javelin during the run-up and throw is difficult to control as soon as the javelin is thrown.

history of the game

Javelin throwing as a sport is derived from the use of spears in hunting and fighting. The sport has been a part of the Olympic Games for men since 1908 and for women since 1932. The rules of the javelin game for men were revised in the year 1986. Since the time when the javelin throw was included in the sport, there have been many changes in its technique till today. In the beginning, there was a Swedish technique in which the spear was thrown like a stone by running three steps. At that time the string was not wrapped around the spear. Polish technique was used from 1920 to 1932, in which the spear was on the shoulder while running and the body was fully stretched like an arch.

world record

The Javelin Throw World Record is held by Jan Gelegny, who threw the javelin for a distance of 98.48 meters at the Jess Meeting event in Germany. Earlier in 1984, according to the old rules, Uwe Han set the world record in javelin throw 104.8 meters away. Uwe Han set this record with the old spear. In 1986, events started with the new design spear. The world record with the newly designed javelin is now held by Jan Gelegni, who threw the javelin at a distance of 98.48 meters at the Jess Meeting event in Germany. This feat was done by Jane in 1996.

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