"The javelin is one of the most complex and challenging of athletics specialties."

Reading through this write up that I found online, it is a very interesting read, and well worth it. Personally

Sadly I can not find the name of the writer but if anyone happens to know who it is please comment on this article.






The javelin is one of the most complex and difficult of athletics specialties. Often, superficially, you assign an inconstant character for the frequent changes in performance that may occur during the same match by the established reputation samples (we talk about 20m differences !!). in fact, just a small mistake in choosing the right time in the final launch, or an imprecision in placement, to ruin biomechanical action until that perfect moment.


This discipline, however, is especially fun for those who practice it (given the abundance of training) and certainly among the most spectacular of all the track and field; I only remember that the men's world record stands at 98.48m and only see the tools to go beyond 80m.


But given the technical difficulty of the gesture, his learning appears slow and very demanding and takes place over many years. A javelin thrower usually reaches maturity around the age of 30 because they need a lot of application and perseverance to get to the full possession of the technique.


Despite having a tradition as old was among the latest athletics disciplines to be allowed in official competitions (1896-98). The first Olympic champion was the Swede Eric Lemming (London 1908) with 54.83m. The evolution of the technique and the preparation does not, however, enabled him to reach the 80m easily over the years. This milestone was passed first by the American Franklin "Bud" Held in 1953 (80.41MT) which brought a great innovation with its "new" Javelin in aluminum alloy and no longer in birch. The incredible launch of Uwe Honn (German who threw 104.80m in 1984) convinced the IAAF to amend Regulation and moving towards the tip the implement center of gravity to reduce the range of launches and eliminate all fear for people who are on the opposite side of the track with respect to the caster.




In 1991, also a special javelin Nemeth model was banished because thanks to the anaicoidali solutions (in fact it was used a paint that allowed a "lift" increased the javelin) in the queue allowed even "dangerous" performance: 96.96m Seppo Raty  on the 2/06/1991.



The tool has not been modified since then, although the biggest specialist of all time, Jan Zelezny, established in Jena (Germany) on 25.05.1996 the extraordinary 98.48MT records reporting "in vogue" the usual controversy on stadium security.