Shot Put

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Shot Put Shot put is an athletic throwing event. The " shot " here is a heavy metal ball, and " put " means to throw the ball as far as possible. Hence, the name Shot Put. The athlete which throws or puts the ball to the farthest distance wins the event. Shot put was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and since then it has been an event in every Olympic Games and other major athletic events . The shot put is basically an event depicting your strength, and it all depends on the technique applied by the player to generate the efficient and powerful movement of the shot.

Shot Put ball
Shot put ball is spherical in shape. The shots may be used for indoor or outdoor competitions.

Shot Put Specifications
The specification for the shot put ball depends on your gender and age.
11-12 13-14 15-16 17-19 Adult
Male 3.25 kg 4 kg 5 kg 6 kg 7.26 kg
Female 2.72 kg 3.25 kg 4 kg 4 kg 4 kg

Shot Put Balls Materials
The shot put ball is made of different kinds of materials:
  • Iron
  • Cast iron
  • Solid steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Brass
  • Synthetic materials (like polyvinyl).

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Shot Put Game
A shot put game is performed inside a circle whose diameter is 2.14 meters or 7-foot. There is a four-inch tall (10 cm) toe board at the front edge. The player must step into the front half of the circle but should not leave the circle during the throw. The weight must be thrown from the shoulder and pushed off the fingertips. Distance is measured from the inside of the circle's circumference to the closest disturbance of soil caused by throwing of the shot. Each competitor gets six chances, and the best single throw is the winner.

Shot Put Techniques There are two major techniques in shot put:
  • Glide: In the glide, the thrower leaps forward while turning and throwing the shot, that is "gliding" across the circle.
  • Spin: Here the player simply rotates while throwing, without his feet leaving the ground.
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