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��After you are accustomed to the turns, daily practice should be as follows: Some jogging to warm up; throw without a turn; then with one, two, and three turns in succession, but without trying for dis- tance. Finally try for distance.

Throwing the 56-lb. weight is a clumsy and uninteresting event, but is still used by some athletic clubs. There are two kinds, (i) for distance, and (2) for height. The distance throw is really a clumsy ham- mer throw. Stand in the center of the circle with legs spread. Place the weight in front on the ground. Grasp the handle and swing the weight backward between the legs, then forward and to the right of the right leg. From there swing it to the left and make a turn, as in the hammer

��handle to the inside edge of the circum- ference of the circle on a line from such mark to the center of the circle.

Each competitor has three trial throws, and the best five, three more. Each com- petitor is credited with the best of all his throws.

Special Rules for Height

A barrel head 3 ft. in diameter is sus- pended horizontally in the air.

The field judges determine the height at which the barrel head is to be fixed at the beginning of the competition, and at each successive elevation.

A fair throw is one where no part of the body of the competitor touches the ground outside the circle before the weight touches

����The ancient discus thrower stood on a pedestal much Uke an indoor pole vaulting block, with the right foot forward and at the lower part that is inclined in the direction of the throw

��throw, and hurl it. The throw for height is started like the above, then backward between the legs, and then upward to the pan.

In making his throw, the competitor may assume any position he chooses and use both hands.

Foul throws and letting go the weight in an attempt count as trial throws without result.

It is a foul if the competitor steps on the circle, or leaves the circle before his throw has been marked.

Special Rules for Distance A fair throw is one where no part of the body of the competitor touches the top of the circle or the ground outside the circle.

The measurement of each throw is taken at the circle from the nearest mark made by the fall of any part of the weight or

��the barrel head, and where any part of the weight or handle touches any part of the barrel head.

The measurement of each throw is from the ground perpendicularly up to the lowest part of the barrel head.

The method of competition is the same as in the running high jump.

Throwing the Javelin This ancient Greek event has been added with the revival of the Olympic games, but is not very popular. This is not dif- ferent from throwing any other object of the same weight, except that the javelin must be thrown so that the point strikes the ground before any other part. In the style mostly used, the javelin is grasped at the middle, and held with bent arm above the shoulder. Take a fast 15-yd. run. Just a few feet from the toe-block take a hop with the right foot (for a right-handed

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