Throwing Event Discus

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In today’s Physical and Health Education class, we will be learning about Throwing Event Discus

Throwing Event Discus

throwing event discus

In throwing event discus, the weight of the discus is fixed at 2kg for the men and 1 kg for women. The metal disc is basically thrown by an athlete by standing inside a circle with a diameter of 2.5m.

Discus throwers are not allowed to touch the top rim of the throwing circle, but can touch the inside edges of it. The athletes are also prohibited to touch the ground beyond the circle. And if the athlete crosses the circle before the disc lands on the ground then it is considered a foul throw.

There is also a particular boundary marked for landing the disc and if lands beyond then the throw is considered invalid. Each athlete is given eight attempts at the Olympics to mark their best possible throw.

The discus can be made of wood, plastic, fiberglass or metal with a circular edge and metallic rim. It should be 22cm in diameter for men and 18cm for women. The inner construction of the discus can either be solid or hollow while the cross section of the edge should have a radius of 6mm.

The sides of the discus are identical and free from any sharp edges without any irregularities in the design. The finishing of the disc should also be made smooth in order to help the athletes to grip it properly.

Specifications Of The Cage Around The Throwing Circle

The construction of the cage around the throwing circle is done for the purpose of safety of the spectators from a misthrown discus. It should be made in such a way that it can withhold a disc of nearly 2kg coming at a speed of 25m/sec. It should also be made in a way that the discus doesn’t rebound towards the athlete after hitting it.

The cage is made in ‘U shape’ and one side of it is open for the discus to pass. At the lowest point the height of the netting point should be 4m and synthetic or natural fiber is used.

In summary, One of the sport’s throwing events, athletes throw a metal disc weighing 2kg for men (22cm in diameter) and 1 kg (18cm in diameter) for women, as far as possible while remaining inside a 2.5-metre diameter circle.

In order for the throw to be measured, the discus must land inside a marked sector and the athlete must not leave the circle before it has landed, and then only from the rear half of the circle. 



………….. are not allowed to touch the top of the rim of the throwing circle.


Reading Assignment

What is the weight of the discus fixed for men and women?


Weekend Assignment

What must be done in order for the throw to be measured? 


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