Rules and Regulations
Specification of the rules and regulations for discus throw women is done by the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF.
- A discus thrower is not permitted to leave the throwing circle until the disc thrown by him has landed. Thereafter he comes out of the circle via the rear with the permission of the judge.
- The athletes get eight chances to throw the disc. The longest distance thrown by them is evaluated.
- The IAAF specifies the weight of the disc used in the discus throw event.
- If two athletes have tied, the result is decided by calculating the second best throw the discus throwers.
- Measurement of the distance moved by the disc is measured from the circle border to the landing point.
Discus is the object thrown in this competition. For the women it has the diameter of 181 mm and weight of one kilogram. The discus has metallic core and rim, while it is covered by rubber, plastic or wood.
Throwing of Discus
Initially, the discus thrower takes a posture facing away from the direction where she would throw. She turns around one and a half time through the circle. She does this to build momentum. Then she throws the discus. The athlete is not permitted to leave the throwing circle until the disc has reached the landing point.
Women athletes who have done well in the discus throw at the Olympics are Daniela Costian, Diana Sachse-Gansky, Ilke Wyludda, Zdenka Silhava, Martina Hellmann, Gisela Beyer, Tsvetanka Khristova, Nina Romashkova, Olga Fikotova, Micheline Ostermeyer, Gisela Mauermayer, Lillian Copeland Galina Savinkova, Irina Meszynski, Gabriele Reinsch, Natalya Sadova, Ellina Zvereva, Maritza Marten, Ria Stalman, Evelin Schlaak, Faina Melnik, Lia Manoliu, and Tamara Press.