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Discus Throw



Greek poet Homer described the game of Petroclus funeral around 800 BC in the description of The Iliad. Discus was introduced as part of the Pentathlon in the ancient Olympics of 708BC (the first Olympics in 776BC). The permanent image of the Greek discus thrower comes from the statue of the 5th century BC by the iconographed sculptor Myron.

Men's Discus has been a part of every modern Olympics. In the women's athletics debut at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928, it was one of the five topics.

How It Works

Athletes throw a metal disc weighing 2kg for men, 1kg for women, 22 cm in diameter for men, and 18 cm for women, as far as possible in the 2.5 meter diameter circle remaining.

To measure the throw, the discus must descend within a marked segment and the athlete should not leave the circle before landing, and then only half of the back of the circle.

Before releasing discus, the thrower usually takes one-half spin. Athletes will usually toss competition every four or six times. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the athlete with the next best effort.

Did You Know

The first modern athlete to throw the discus rotating the whole body was the Czech athlete Frantisek Janda-Suk. He invented technique while studying the status of the famous statue of discobolus. Only one year after developing the technology, he received the Olympic silver in 1900.
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