Olympics - Javelin explained

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Javelin throw is one of the four track and field throwing events at the Olympics. Each athlete has three attempts to throw a javelin that weighs 600g for women and 800 g for men. This is one of the most traditional Olympics sports, dating back to 1896.

1. Dimensions of the landing area
2. Dimensions of the runway
3. Length of the male javelin and female javelin
4. Depiction of 3 kinds of grip
5. Depiction of an athlete before acceleration
6. Depiction of an athlete during acceleration
7. Depiction of an athlete prepares to make a throw
8. Depiction of a throw

VOICEOVER (in English):

“In javelin, the landing area is around 100 meters long and 29 degrees wide.”

“The minimum runway is 30 meters by 4 meters.”

“In javelin, the male javelin measures 2.7 meters while the female javelin measures 2.3 meters.”

“There are 3 kinds of grip: American, where the cord is gripped between the thumb and index finger; Finnish, where it is gripped between the thumb and middle finger and the fork, the cord is gripped between the index and middle fingers.”

“When preparing to accelerate, the athlete holds the javelin over the shoulder with the elbow up and pointed forward. The javelin is aimed in the direction of the throw with the point tip slightly down.”

“During acceleration, the athlete runs straight ahead with hips perpendicular to the target area while maintaining the javelin position.”

“During the final few strikes, one leg crosses over the other as the javelin is pulled back.”

“The throwing hand should be at shoulder height and the arms straight. Plant one leg and push up with the other, turning the hips so they are again perpendicular to the target area.”

“As the body weight is transferred forward, bring the arm up and forward while keeping the elbow high.”

SOURCES: Rio 2016