There are the four throwing events at an Olympic Games.

Discus

In the discus the athlete stands inside a throwing circle, turns around one and a half times and throws the discus as far as he or she can. A discus is a round plate made of wood and metal. Discus was an event in the ancient Olympic Games.

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http://www.olympic.org/athletics-discus-throw-men

Hammer throw

In the hammer throw the athlete stands inside a throwing circle, swings the hammer and at the same time spins his or her body before throwing the hammer as far as he or she can. The hammer is a metal ball on a steel wire with a handle. At the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, women competed in the hammer throw for the first time.

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http://www.olympic.org/athletics-hammer-throw-men

Javelin

In the javelin, athletes sprint down a runway holding a javelin then throw the javelin from over their shoulder. At the end of the runway there is a line and the judge measures the distance from this line to where the javelin lands. A javelin is a metal or wooden spear nearly 3 metres long with a steel tip.

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http://www.olympic.org/athletics-javelin-throw-women

 

Shotput

In shot put the athlete stands inside a circle, holding the shot and resting it against his or her shoulder. Then the athlete hops, crouches and then jumps up and pushes the shot into the air. The judge measures the distance from the circle to where the shot lands. A shot is a metal ball. Originally a cannon ball was used.

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http://www.olympic.org/athletics-shot-put-women