|Governing Body:||International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)|
Hammer throw is a track & field (throwing) athletics event in which athletes throw a metal ball weighing around 7.26kg for men and 4kg for women attached by a steel wire to a grip farther from the opponents to win the competition. The sport has its roots in approx. 2000BC and in the Tailteann Games in Tara, Ireland where a chariot wheel was gripped by its axle by the Celtic warrior Culchulinn, whirled around the head and thrown to a great distance. Later, during the Middle Ages, a boulder attached to a wooden handle was originated in England and Scotland. The modern sport for men is a part of Olympics since 1900 Games and women’s competition took place first at the 1999 IAAF World Championships.
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