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Javelin Began as Spear Throwing

Javelin Began as Spear Throwing



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Shelley Osterloh Reporting It’s been an exciting weekend for the United States, from the swimming pool to the track. And it was topped off by a sizzling men's 100 meter final won by 22-year old Justin Gatlin in just 9.85 seconds.

Just two one hundreds of second separating gold from bronze ---- that bronze went to the 2000 Olympic Champion-Maurice Green.

The races are pretty simple to understand -- the fastest wins. But we asked Track star Tiffany Lott-Hogan, who competed in the Heptathlon, to give us an inside look at the sport of Javelin ---- a sport that started with warriors throwing spears.

The javelin is thrown on the run, almost like a baseball, except the elbow leads the motion. As the athlete runs toward the line, some of them hop and some use a crossover step, then they stop the forward motion of the lower body and transfer the power to the throwing arm.

Tiffany Lott-Hogan: "We have coined the term, when we are at practice, of trying to be reckless in our finish. Because the Americans kind of run up slow and they plant softly, where as the Europeans come up to the line and it's like a Mack truck running into a brick wall. It’s like that and the javelin releases. From there it’s ahh ooh once you watch the javelin in the air. "

Throws are measured from the mark made by the font tip of the javelin to the toe board. A thrower gets three throws, but achieving a strong early throw is a psychological advantage because it puts pressure on the competition while taking pressure off the thrower.

There is a lot of Javelin to come in individual events as well as the decathlon, but Tiffany Lott-Hogan is breathing a sigh of relief, her competition is over.

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