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Shot Put for Women at Olympics

Shot Put for Women at Olympics: Shot put is a throwing event, which involves throwing a metallic ball at a distance from a specified position. The origin of the shot put event is Scotland. The ball thrown during the event is generally made from heavy metal. The launching area is a circle with 7 feet diameter. The distance of the throw is measured from the inner side of the circle boundary to the touching point in the landing area. Women started competing in shot put event in 1917. In those days, the weight of the ball used in the event was 4 kilogram.

Shot Put for Women in Summer Olympics: Shot put was held in the women's athletics competition during the 1948 London Summer Games. Since then, the event has been contested regularly at the Summer Games.

Rules for Shot Put for Women at Olympics: There are some rules set by the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF, which are followed during the international track and field athletics competitions.

The rules applicable to the shot put event are -
  • The IAAF is authorized to determine the weight of the ball thrown in the shot put event.
  • An athlete can wear a bandage at the wrist to protect her wrist from any kind of injury during the throw.
  • During the international competitions, an athlete is usually given six chances to throw the ball.
  • An athlete can be disqualified from the competition, if she steps out of the circle before the ball thrown by her has made a mark on the landing area.
  • The body movements of the athlete during and after the throw are specified by the IAAF rules. An athlete should hold the ball tightly between her neck and shoulder.
  • A throw is considered to be a "foul throw", if the athlete does not leave the rear half of the circle at the time of throwing the ball.
  • Throwing the ball outside the left or right border of the landing sector is prohibited during the competition.

Medal Winners in the Shot Put for Women at Olympics: Some of the leading athletics in the domain of the shot put are Sui Xinmei, Vita Pavlysh, Natalya Akhrimenko, Li Meisu, Marianne Adam, Ivanka Hristova, Claudia Losch, Helena Fibingerova, Ilona Briesenick, Natalya Lisovskaya, Yumileidi Cumba, Yanina Korolchik, Astrid Kumbernuss, Svetlana Krivelyova, Ilona Slupianek, Nadezhda Chizhova, Margitta Gummel, Tamara Press, Tamara Tyshkevich, Galina Zybina and Micheline Ostermeyer.

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