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A javelin is a weapon similar to pica which, in ancient times, was used to hunt and in combat . Javelin is currently used in the framework of a athletics test consisting of throwing it as far as possible.

The origins of the javelin go back to the prehistory . This species of spear was used by hunters, who threw it at their prey. Warriors who threw her against the enemy side also resorted to her, sometimes tied to a rope so she could easily recover it.

Today the javelin is the key implement of a modality of Athletics . He javelin throw it consists, precisely, in throwing the javelin with force so that it reaches as far as possible.

The athlete, in this framework, must travel a track of about 30 meters in length to gain momentum; when you reach the regulatory limit, you have to throw the javelin. Usually, each athlete can perform three releases , having one minute per attempt.

There are two major types of javelins: one for the male category and one for the female category. The male category javelin weighs about 800 grams and measures between 260 and 270 centimeters , while the javelin throwing women It has a minimum weight of 600 grams and a length between 220 and 230 cm.

The czech Jan Železný holds the men's world record in javelin throwing since 1996 , with a brand from 98 meters and 48 centimeters . His compatriot Barbora Špotáková , meanwhile, holds the record in the women's branch since 2008 : 72 meters and 28 centimeters .

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