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The story about discusthrowing

Discus throwing is an ancient sport. Ancient Greeks used stones, later bronze discuses (diameter from 21 cm to 34 cm) were thrown. In 1896 the discus throw was added to the official program of the Olympic Games in Athens. The discus construction was standardised in 1907. The discus weight was set at 2 kg and its diameter adjusted to 22 cm. The discus was held with both hands by the thrower till 1920. The throwing technique had developed from the originally static stance, through the Nordic style, to 1926 when Clarence Houser (USA) introduced the today’s technique. The thrower typically takes an initial stance facing away from the direction of the throw. He then spins around one and a half times through the circle to build momentum, then releases his throw. In 1954 concrete circle was brought in.

The one-kilo discuses were legalized in 1928 and the IAAF recognized the first world record in 1936.

Competitors’ task is to throw the discus by means of a forehanded sidearm movement as far as possible. Throwing takes place in the circle of 2,5 m situated in the safety cage. The discus must land within a 40-degree or 60-degree arc marked by lines on the landing zone.

The world records are held by:

Gabriele Reinsch, DDR, her result 76.80 m, set July 9, 1988
Jürgen Schult, DDR, his result 74.08 m, set June 6, 1986
The European records are held by:

Gabriele Reinsch, DDR, her result 76.8 m, set July 9, 1988
Jürgen Schult, DDR, his result 74.08 m, set June 6, 1986



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