Here Comes the Talent

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Why is there so much running in the javelin, a throwing event?

Here Comes the Talent

The javelin looks a lot more like a running event than a throwing event. The javelin is so light and the athletes that throw the javelin are really fast! That's true – the javelin does involve a lot of running.

The difference is, these running steps need to be as consistent as a long jump or pole vault so that the thrower can use their speed from the run, a controlled speed, and transfer that velocity into the javelin itself by planting hard and blocking hard with the leading leg and free arm. This blocking action, something that does not happen in running events, requires a great deal of strength, especially in the torso. It also requires a great deal of practice which is why blocking is a large part of javelin training.



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