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Discus is a field Athletic event, competed by both men and women. The purpose of the event, to throw the discus further than any other competitor in the competition, men and women compete separately.

Although not as popular as running, field athletics of which throwing the discus is one, is hugely popular in the UK and throughout the world.

Throwing the discus is a summer outdoor athletic stadium activity. Athletic clubs with access to athletic tracks can be found in towns and cities across the country, senior schools and collages often have athletic facilities that can be used.

The discus is normally not thrown seriously before the age of fourteen years. Children younger than this are normally started by throwing an object such as a cricket ball. Discus throwers compete until around the age of forty years.

Discus is very suitable to athletes of all ability. there is a wide range of competition classes, enabling competitors to compete with athletes of comparable ability.

The discus is a disk made of wood or other suitable material with a smooth metal rim permanently secured to the main body, minimum discus weights are, for men 2kg and for women 1kg. In competition the discus is thrown from a marked circle into a marked sector, the competitor must not touch any part of the throwing circle until the discus has landed and must leave the circle from the rear.

Like all competitive phisical activities, discus needs regular training, this includes practising throwing technique as well as track and gym work.

The discus is a competition held within an athletic meeting. The local club athletes progression potential is Club competitions. Inter club and county competitions. Nationals. European championships. World championships. Olympic games.

Closely Related Activities
Athletics 32. Other throwing disciplines are; Javelin 31, Shot Put 37, Hammer 28, Decathlon 44, Heptahlon 29.

A discus thrower needs a discus that costs from around thirty pounds and a normal track athletes clothing. An athletic club with a discus throwing facility must bear the cost of a throwing cage and throwing concrete circle and measuring equipment, this can cost around five hundred pounds.

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