Javelin throw for women entered the Olympics at
the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games. They have been part of all
Rules and Regulations
All rules and regulations governing the javelin throw event in the
Olympics are specified by the International Association of Athletics
Federations or the IAAF.
- Only the throws in which the javelin point touches the ground
first are recorded.
- If the javelin lands on its tail, the throw is not recorded.
- The IAAF specifies the length and the weight of the javelin
- Every athlete is offered several chances to throw the
- IAAF specifies the body movement of the javelin throwers
during and after the throw.
- The throw is measured from the point where the javelin
reaches the ground.
- If the javelin lands flat, the distance is marked from the
back of the javelin.
- Until the javelin thrown reaches ground, no athlete is
allowed to leave the run-up area. Athletes can leave the
competition area only with the judge's permission.
- For deciding the winner of the competition, the best throw of
the athletes are recorded.
Throwing a Javelin
The athletes prepares with a 'start and carry'. The athlete relaxes
the muscles of the right shoulder, arm and wrist, thus allowing
herself an easy running action. Then she starts running which is of
13 to 20 steps, reaches the final phase of the running actions and
delivers the javeline.
For enhancing the velocity of the javelin, physical power is
transferred to it. Faster the athlete runs, faster the javeline
Women athletes who have performed well at the Olympics are Tiina
Lillak, Trine Hattestad, Ruth Fuchs, Petra Felke, Heli Rantanen,
Silke Renk, Angela Nemeth, Mihaela Penes, Elvira Ozolina, Inese
Jaunzeme, Tilly Fleischer, Herma Bauma, Dana Zatopkova, Fatima
Whitbread, Tessa Sanderson, Osleidys Menendez and Maria Colon.