|Governing Body:||International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)|
Javelin Throw is a track & field (throwing) athletics event in which athletes try to throw a spear called "javelin" farther from the opponents to win the competition. The javelin weighs around 800g and is 2.6-2.7m long for men and for women it is 2.2-2.3m long and weighs around 600g. The sport was evolved from the everyday use of the spear for hunting purposes. It was widely practiced in the Ancient Greece and became a part of the pentathlon of the Ancient Olympics in 708BC. The rules and the javelin continued to evolve over the decades and the sport became a part of the modern Olympics since 1908 for men and 1932 for women.
To throw the metal-tipped javelin as far as possible using one arm.
Male and female athletes compete as individuals in javelin throw events.
The playing area for the javelin throw consists of a runway which must be around 4m wide and 30-36.5m long and ends in a curved arc from which the throw will be measured. The landing area is a sector which covers an angle of 28.96 degrees extending towards the arched line at the end of the runway and consists of some lines that provide a rough guide to the distances thrown.
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