Saturday, 1 December 2012

8. Discus Throw

Event: Women's Discus Throw
Date: 29th November 2012
Location: Southend Athletics Club, Garons Park, Southend.
Cost: Free
Rules: The women's discus weighs 1kg and has a diameter of 18cms. The discus is thrown from a circle with a diameter of 2.5m. All discus throws are made from an enclosure to ensure the safety of by-standers. As in all throwing events, the twelve finalists have three attempts apiece. The longest single throw during the final wins.

The Event: 

Olympic Gold Medal London 2012: 69.11m, Sandra Perkovik, Croatia.
Ellie: 1. 13.45m (PB), 2. 12.54m, 3. 12.64m
Sarah: 1. 11.62m (PB), 2. 10.83m, 3. 11.00m

Sarah: This was the quickest event of the night, which may or may not have something to do with how cold the actual discus was.. it was freezing! Despite the best efforts of our coach Billy, I found it really hard to spin the discus off my fingers- a movement which should have made it glide through the air rather than wobble about all over the place.  
Ellie: The Discus seemed the more natural of the 4 events; I like to think that is why we powered through this event. It was very interesting that we PB'd on our first attempts... perhaps the wind-up technique was more tiring than it felt? One interesting thing to mention for each of these events is the way in which each distance thrown is measured. The adjudicator measures from the midpoint of the throwing circle to ensure an accurate result because the arena that you throw into is arced.  

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