Gor versus earth - Part 15

  • Tal dear reader,

    We continue our "Gor versus earth" series with the game "throwing the spear"

    "Ivar Forkbeard had won six talmits.
    ...; two in contests of the spear, one for distance and one for accuracy; ..."
    Marauders of Gor , Page 140

    Uwe Hohn – threw the javelin a world record 104.80m (343 ft 9 3⁄4 ) in 1984

    The javelin was part of the pentathlon of the Ancient Olympic Games beginning in 708 BC in two disciplines, distance and target throw. The javelin was thrown with the aid of a thong, called "ankyle" wound around the middle of the shaft. Athletes would hold the javelin by the thong and when the javelin was released this thong unwound giving the javelin a spiraled flight.

    Men's javelin was introduced as an Olympic discipline at the 1906 Intercalated Games.

    The first known women's javelin marks were recorded in Finland in 1909.

    On 1 April 1986, the men's javelin was redesigned by the governing body (the IAAF Technical Committee). They decided to change the rules for javelin design because of the increasingly frequent flat landings and the resulting discussions and protests when these attempts were declared valid or invalid by competition judges. The world record had also crept up to a potentially dangerous level, 104.80 m (343.8 ft) by Uwe Hohn. With throws exceeding 100 meters, it was becoming difficult to safely stage the competition within the confines of a stadium infield.

    Uwe Hohn (born 16 July 1962) is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He is the only athlete to throw a javelin 100 meter or more, with his world record of 104.80 m (343 ft 9 3⁄4 ). A new javelin design was implemented in 1986 and the records had to be restarted, thus Hohn's mark became an "eternal world record".

    The current (as of 2017) men's world record is held by Jan ┼Żelezný at 98.48 m (1996); Barbora Špotáková holds the women's world record at 72.28 m (2008). (source used: Wikipedia)

    I wish you well,