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Throwing the javelin is an Olympic athletics field throwing event, competed by both male and female. the javelin is a spear-like object made of metal, fibreglass or carbon fibre,
The javelin throw has been part of the Summer Olympics since 1908. Although the javelin is currently used only for sport in most areas, it has a long history of use for hunting and warfare.
Clubs and organisations throughout the UK hold many local and national events, with weekly practises.
There is no age limit to participate in athletics, but children are not advised to start javalin until at least ten years of age, as throwing events at an early age can lead to injuries.
Javelin is suitable to be competed by athletes of a wide range of ability. Like all stadium athletic events male and female are separated in competition.
The javelin is a piece of apparatus which is a spear like shaft, which must be between 260-270cm long for men and 220-230cm long for women. The throwing athlete runs up a 36-50m runway which must not be strayed out of, launching the javelin into a marked area, the javelin must land point first, but need not stick in the ground. Competitors have a series of three throws, the longest single throw wins the competition. Like most field events it is an activity demanding a well practised technique.
The javelin throws components should be practiced in progression so that there is a link in the learning pattern between the basic movement the desired end result. Because each portion of the throw is set up by action of the previous movement it is important to be consistent and practice perfectly so that the portions flow into each other.
The Javelin 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.
All though the combination of techniques used in throwing the javelin are very different to any other athletic activity, throwing the javelin does hold strong similarities with sprint running 41 and other throwing events, 27, 28, 37.
A Nordic Competition Javelin which complies with IAFF and UK Athletics specifications, can be purchased from around £100. Athletic club fees vary, depending on status and facilities available.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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